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View Poll Results: Does NASHVILLE Dominate Tennessee along with Memphis to smaller degree
Yes Tennessee is Dominated by these two (Nashville and Memphis) 3 11.54%
Yes Tennessee is Dominated by Nashville 10 38.46%
Nah Tennessee is too balanced out 13 50.00%
Voters: 26. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 03-11-2016, 02:57 AM
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Originally Posted by jabogitlu View Post
East TN is the most populous and most densely populated division of Tennessee and its anchors are Knoxville, Chatty and the TRI.
East Tennessee is still the most densely populous Grand Division, but it recently lost the title of most populous to Middle Tennessee (MT: 2,600,741 ; ET: 2,378,534)...Middle Tennessee contains 41 counties, while East Tennessee contains 33.
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Old 03-11-2016, 11:16 AM
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Oops! Thanks for that. I guess it was bound to happen, with the explosive growth of the Nashville metro area.
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Old 03-13-2016, 09:24 AM
Location: Sale Creek, TN
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They dominate within their Grand Division.
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Old 03-15-2016, 11:40 AM
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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I think I misunderstood the initial question. I answered a local sense... no, as a resident of Chattanooga, neither Memphis nor Nashville have any bearing on my life.

Neither city carries a high enough percentage of the state population to dominate; Nashville's metro includes 1.8 million and Memphis's includes 1.3 million, and keep in mind that a significant portion of the Memphis metro includes Mississippi and Arkansas residents. Even combined they are well under half the state's population (6.5 million).

Compare that Georgia (population 10 million) where over half the population of the entire state lives in or around Atlanta (5.5 million in the metro area). Or Illinois (population 12.9 million) where three quarters of the state's population lives in the Chicago metro area (population 9.8 million). It's why Chicago and Atlanta (and New York City, and Los Angeles/San Francisco/Sacramento) politicians can force through state legislation that may benefit urban areas but can adversely affect rural areas.

But from a national sense, then yeah, I can see how Nashville, as the heart of the nation's country music scene, could be seen to dominate the state's image. I.e., if you ask someone in Oregon to describe Tennessee you will likely get back a caricature description of Nashville.
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:22 AM
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Originally Posted by nashvols View Post
Not to undermine your overall point (which I agree with), but it should be noted the Nashville MSA's percentage of the population has increased in large part due to the adding of counties. The point that goes along with that is the addition of counties is due to the overall growth of the city/urban area....but that 1950 figure includes just Davidson County, whereas the 2010 and beyond figures include 14 counties.

To "level the playing field" so to speak, here's what those percentages look like including only Davidson County and also the current 14 county MSA through history....

Davidson County's percentage of Tennessee's population:
1950 - 9.8%
1960 - 11.2%
1970 - 11.4%
1980 - 10.4%
1990 - 10.5%
2000 - 10.0%
2010 - 9.9%
2015 - 10.3% (estimated)

14 County Nashville MSA percentage of Tennessee's population:
1950 - 18.1%
1960 - 19.3%
1970 - 20.2%
1980 - 20.1%
1990 - 22.6%
2000 - 24.3%
2010 - 26.3%
2015 - 27.6% (estimated)

Two things these numbers reveal:
1) Davidson County has remained relatively stable in the last 65 years in terms of the share of population.
2) Nashville's suburbs have enjoyed the lionshare of growth during that time (about 2/3 of all MSA growth in 65 years)

In the end, I wouldn't be surprised if the current MSA boundaries account for 1/3 of the state population by 2030.

It should also be noted that the Memphis MSA share of the population is a bit skewed by nearly 1/4 of its population living out of state.

Likewise, Chattanooga and Kingsport-Bristol also have significant portions of the MSA populations living out of state. While the population they influence is outside of Tennessee's boundaries, one could argue that including the "out of state" boundaries of Tennessee's metro areas would reveal a much more balanced state overall. Just adding up a tally of out-of-state CSA counties adds more than 865,000 under the influence of Tennessee metros.
Excellent post. I was wondering about the more recent counties added over the decades in the respective MSAs. Thanks for breaking down.

Also, vis-a-vis the question about large headquarters in Nashville and/or Memphis, it's worth noting that the state is pretty well-balanced. There are 10 Fortune 500 companies in TN as of 2015. The Nashville area has five Fortune 500 headquarters (and two international American HQs; Nissan and Bridgestone/Firestone) whereas Memphis has three, including two of the three largest based in TN. But also, the other MSAs have F500 companies; Chattanooga with UNUM; Tri-Cities with Eastman; and Knoxville had Clayton before its acquisition by Bershire Hathaway a few years back. Plus, I believe Knox-based Pilot Corporation would be a F100 company if it were not privately owned. Across the state there are very large private/family owned companies, such as Ingram (Nashville), McKee (Chattanooga), Asurion (Nashville), all of which would likely be Fortune 500 companies if they were public.
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Old 03-19-2016, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by creeksitter View Post
OP has never been to Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg, apparently.
Or Crossville and Fairfield Glade not to mention Chattanooga.
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Old 03-20-2016, 02:56 AM
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Crossville and Fairfield Glade? Am I missing some significance there?
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Old 03-20-2016, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by jabogitlu View Post
Crossville and Fairfield Glade? Am I missing some significance there?
No, you're not missing anything. Cumberland County (Crossville/Fairfield Glade) is ranked just 19th in the state for tourist expenditures. It's not even the first in its region; that title goes to Putnam County.


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Old 03-20-2016, 09:04 PM
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Originally Posted by BlueRedTide View Post
Is Nashville and a smaller extent memphis Completely dominate in Tennessee the way, London Dominates the UK and the Way Paris dominates France or the way Bangkok dominates Thailand

-All Major Tn companies located in these 2 cities
-All of TN's Major Airports
-Most of the Tourism
-Only two Tn cities really talked about outside of TN

Does NASHVILLE dominate Tennessee and to a smaller Memphis
The exception is East TN, which is not as influenced by either to any great degree, except by State Politics. The Culture is a bit different.
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Old 03-25-2016, 09:41 AM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Tennessee is a varied state in many ways.

You can live in one of the Grand Divisions and not have any knowledge or care of what goes on in the other divisions. Growing up in Memphis, we oriented to north Mississippi much more than any other part of TN. I was 18 before I ever even traveled to Nashville and Knoxville.

No, neither one dominates. Tennessee is an amalgam.
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