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Old 03-23-2017, 12:33 AM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Metropolitan Statistical Areas

Geography - 2015 pop - 2016 pop - # change - % change

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN MSA - 1,830,345 - 1,865,298 - 34,953 - 1.91%
-Davidson County, Tennessee - 678,889 - 684,410 - 5,521 - 0.81%
-Rutherford County, Tennessee - 298,612 - 308,251 - 9,639 - 3.23%
-Williamson County, Tennessee - 211,672 - 219,107 - 7,435 - 3.51%
-Sumner County, Tennessee - 175,989 - 180,063 - 4,074 - 2.31%
-Wilson County, Tennessee - 128,911 - 132,781 - 3,870 - 3.00%
-Maury County, Tennessee - 87,757 - 89,981 - 2,224 - 2.53%
-Robertson County, Tennessee - 68,570 - 69,165 - 595 - 0.87%
-Dickson County, Tennessee - 51,487 - 52,170 - 683 - 1.33%
-Cheatham County, Tennessee - 39,741 - 39,880 - 139 - 0.35%
-Hickman County, Tennessee - 24,363 - 24,295 - -68 - -0.28%
-Macon County, Tennessee - 23,177 - 23,450 - 273 - 1.18%
-Smith County, Tennessee - 19,295 - 19,447 - 152 - 0.79%
-Cannon County, Tennessee - 13,840 - 14,027 - 187 - 1.35%
-Trousdale County, Tennessee 8,042 - 8,271 - 229 - 2.85%

Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSA - 1,344,127 - 1,342,842 - -1,285 - -0.10%
-Shelby County, Tennessee - 938,069 - 934,603 - -3,466 - -0.37%
-DeSoto County, Mississippi - 173,323 - 175,611 - 2,288 - 1.32%
-Tipton County, Tennessee - 61,870 - 61,303 - -567 - -0.92%
-Crittenden County, Arkansas - 48,963 - 49,235 - 272 - 0.56%
-Fayette County, Tennessee - 39,165 - 39,590 - 425 - 1.09%
-Marshall County, Mississippi - 35,916 - 35,801 - -115 - -0.32%
-Tate County, Mississippi - 28,296 - 28,201 - -95 - -0.34%
-Tunica County, Mississippi - 10,343 - 10,234 - -109 - -1.05%
-Benton County, Mississippi - 8,182 - 8,264 - 82 - 1.00%

Knoxville, TN MSA - 861,424 - 868,546 - 7,122 - 0.83%
-Knox County, Tennessee - 451,324 - 456,132 - 4,808 - 1.07%
-Blount County, Tennessee - 127,253 - 128,670 - 1,417 - 1.11%
-Anderson County, Tennessee - 75,749 - 75,936 - 187 - 0.25%
-Roane County, Tennessee - 52,753 - 52,874 - 121 - 0.23%
-Loudon County, Tennessee - 51,130 - 51,454 - 324 - 0.63%
-Campbell County, Tennessee - 39,752 - 39,714 - -38 - -0.10%
-Grainger County, Tennessee - 22,846 - 23,072 - 226 - 0.99%
-Morgan County, Tennessee - 21,498 - 21,554 - 56 - 0.26%
-Union County, Tennessee - 19,119 - 19,140 - 21 - 0.11%

Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA - 547,776 - 551,632 - 3,856 - 0.70%
-Hamilton County, Tennessee - 354,098 - 357,738 - 3,640 - 1.03%
-Walker County, Georgia - 68,066 - 67,896 - -170 - -0.25%
-Catoosa County, Georgia - 66,050 - 66,398 - 348 - 0.53%
-Marion County, Tennessee - 28,487 - 28,446 - -41 - -0.14%
-Dade County, Georgia - 16,264 - 16,257 - -7 - -0.04%
-Sequatchie County, Tennessee - 14,811 - 14,897 - 86 - 0.58%

Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSA - 307,120 - 306,334 - -786 - -0.26%
-Sullivan County, Tennessee - 156,791 - 156,667 - -124 - -0.08%
-Hawkins County, Tennessee - 56,471 - 56,563 - 92 - 0.16%
-Washington County, Virginia - 54,591 - 54,214 - -377 - -0.69%
-Scott County, Virginia - 22,126 - 21,930 - -196 - -0.89%
-Bristol city, Virginia - 17,141 - 16,960 - -181 - -1.06%

Clarksville, TN-KY MSA - 281,021 - 282,349 - 1,328 - 0.47%
-Montgomery County, Tennessee - 193,479 - 195,734 - 2,255 - 1.17%
-Christian County, Kentucky - 73,309 - 72,351 - -958 - -1.31%
-Trigg County, Kentucky - 14,233 - 14,264 - 31 - 0.22%

Johnson City, TN MSA - 200,648 - 201,661 - 1,013 - 0.50%
-Washington County, Tennessee - 126,302 - 127,440 - 1,138 - 0.90%
-Carter County, Tennessee - 56,486 - 56,502 - 16 - 0.03%
-Unicoi County, Tennessee - 17,860 - 17,719 - -141 - -0.79%

Jackson, TN MSA - 129,682 - 129,527 - -155 - -0.12%
-Madison County, Tennessee - 97,610 - 97,663 - 53 - 0.05%
-Chester County, Tennessee - 17,471 - 17,453 - -18 - -0.10%
-Crockett County, Tennessee - 14,601 - 14,411 - -190 - -1.30%

Cleveland, TN MSA - 120,864 - 121,262 - 398 - 0.33%
-Bradley County, Tennessee - 104,091 - 104,490 - 399 - 0.38%
-Polk County, Tennessee - 16,773 - 16,772 - -1 - -0.01%

Morristown, TN MSA - 116,642 - 117,320 - 678 - 0.58%
-Hamblen County, Tennessee - 63,402 - 63,785 - 383 - 0.60%
-Jefferson County, Tennessee - 53,240 - 53,535 - 295 - 0.55%


Sidenote: I really, REALLY wish I could just copy and paste my Excel table. It would be much faster...and neater.

I plan to add Micropolitan areas, Combined Statistical Areas, all 95 Counties, Top 10 Fastest/Top 10 Slowest, etc.
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Micropolitan Statistical Areas

Geography - 2015 pop - 2016 pop - # change - % change

Cookeville, TN µSA - 108,191 - 109,548 - 1,357 - 1.25%
-Putnam County, Tennessee - 74,553 - 75,931 - 1,378 - 1.85%
-Overton County, Tennessee - 22,129 - 22,051 - -78 - -0.35%
-Jackson County, Tennessee - 11,509 - 11,566 - 57 - 0.50%

Tullahoma, TN µSA - 102,048 - 102,705 - 657 - 0.64%
-Coffee County, Tennessee - 54,277 - 54,682 - 405 - 0.75%
-Franklin County, Tennessee - 41,449 - 41,700 - 251 - 0.61%
-Moore County, Tennessee - 6,322 - 6,323 - 1 - 0.02%

Sevierville, TN µSA - 95,946 - 96,673 - 727 - 0.76%
-Sevier County, Tennessee - 95,946 - 96,673 - 727 - 0.76%

Greeneville, TN µSA 68,580 - 68,615 - 35 - 0.05%
-Greene County, Tennessee - 68,580 - 68,615 - 35 - 0.05%

Crossville, TN µSA - 58,229 - 58,655 - 426 - 0.73%
-Cumberland County, Tennessee - 58,229 - 58,655 - 426 - 0.73%

Athens, TN µSA - 52,639 - 52,850 - 211 - 0.40%
-McMinn County, Tennessee - 52,639 - 52,850 - 211 - 0.40%

Shelbyville, TN µSA - 47,183 - 47,484 - 301 - 0.64%
-Bedford County, Tennessee - 47,183 - 47,484 - 301 - 0.64%

Lawrenceburg, TN µSA - 42,564 - 43,081 - 517 - 1.21%
-Lawrence County, Tennessee - 42,564 - 43,081 - 517 - 1.21%

McMinnville, TN µSA - 40,435 - 40,516 - 81 - 0.20%
-Warren County, Tennessee - 40,435 - 40,516 - 81 - 0.20%

Dyersburg, TN µSA - 37,893 - 37,708 - -185 - -0.49%
-Dyer County, Tennessee - 37,893 - 37,708 - -185 - -0.49%

Union City, TN µSA - 36,877 - 36,757 - -120 - -0.33%
-Obion County, Tennessee - 30,639 - 30,578 - -61 - -0.20%
-Fulton County, Kentucky - 6,238 - 6,179 - -59 - -0.95%

Newport, TN µSA - 35,162 - 35,219 - 57 - 0.16%
-Cocke County, Tennessee - 35,162 - 35,219 - 57 - 0.16%

Martin, TN µSA - 33,960 - 33,507 - -453 - -1.33%
-Weakley County, Tennessee - 33,960 - 33,507 - -453 - -1.33%

Dayton, TN µSA - 32,526 - 32,442 - -84 - -0.26%
-Rhea County, Tennessee - 32,526 - 32,442 - -84 - -0.26%

Paris, TN µSA - 32,147 - 32,310 - 163 - 0.51%
-Henry County, Tennessee - 32,147 - 32,310 - 163 - 0.51%

Lewisburg, TN µSA - 31,552 - 31,915 - 363 - 1.15%
-Marshall County, Tennessee - 31,552 - 31,915 - 363 - 1.15%
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Old 03-23-2017, 01:43 AM
 
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Combined Statistical Areas

Geography - 2015 pop - 2016 pop - # change - % change

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro, TN CSA - 1,951,644 - 1,987,778 - 36,134 - 1.85%
-Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN MSA - 1,830,345 - 1,865,298 - 34,953 - 1.91%
-Shelbyville, TN µSA - 47,183 - 47,484 - 301 - 0.64%
-Lawrenceburg, TN µSA - 42,564 - 43,081 - 517 - 1.21%
-Lewisburg, TN µSA - 31,552 - 31,915 - 363 - 1.15%

Memphis-Forrest City, TN-MS-AR CSA - 1,370,716 - 1,369,038 - -1,678 - -0.12%
-Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSA - 1,344,127 - 1,342,842 - -1,285 - -0.10%
-Forrest City, AR µSA - 26,589 - 26,196 - -393 - -1.48%

Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville, TN CSA - 1,109,174 - 1,117,758 - 8,584 - 0.77%
-Knoxville, TN MSA - 861,424 - 868,546 - 7,122 - 0.83%
-Morristown, TN MSA - 116,642 - 117,320 - 678 - 0.58%
-Sevierville, TN µSA - 95,946 - 96,673 - 727 - 0.76%
-Newport, TN µSA - 35,162 - 35,219 - 57 - 0.16%

Chattanooga-Cleveland-Dalton, TN-GA-AL CSA - 950,005 - 954,228 - 4,223 - 0.44%
-Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA - 547,776 - 551,632 - 3,856 - 0.70%
-Dalton, GA MSA - 143,781 - 143,904 - 123 - 0.09%
-Cleveland, TN MSA - 120,864 - 121,262 - 398 - 0.33%
-Scottsboro, AL µSA - 52,419 - 52,138 - -281 - -0.54%
-Athens, TN µSA - 52,639 - 52,850 - 211 - 0.40%
-Dayton, TN µSA - 32,526 - 32,442 - -84 - -0.26%

Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA CSA - 507,768 - 507,995 - 227 - 0.04%
-Kingsport-Bristol-Bristol, TN-VA MSA - 307,120 - 306,334 - -786 - -0.26%
-Johnson City, TN MSA - 200,648 - 201,661 - 1,013 - 0.50%

Martin-Union City, TN-KY CSA - 70,837 - 70,264 - -573 - -0.81%
-Union City, TN µSA - 36,877 - 36,757 - -120 - -0.33%
-Martin, TN µSA - 33,960 - 33,507 - -453 - -1.33%


I'll get on the rest later...
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Old 03-23-2017, 09:38 AM
 
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Tennessee Counties

Geography - 2015 pop - 2016 pop - # change - % change

Anderson County, Tennessee - 75,749 - 75,936 - 187 - 0.25%
Bedford County, Tennessee - 47,183 - 47,484 - 301 - 0.64%
Benton County, Tennessee - 16,129 - 16,014 - -115 - -0.71%
Bledsoe County, Tennessee - 14,502 -14,675 - 173 - 1.19%
Blount County, Tennessee - 127,253 - 128,670 - 1,417 - 1.11%

Bradley County, Tennessee - 104,091 - 104,490 - 399 - 0.38%
Campbell County, Tennessee - 39,752 - 39,714 - -38 - -0.10%
Cannon County, Tennessee - 13,840 - 14,027 - 187 - 1.35%
Carroll County, Tennessee - 27,910 - 28,092 - 182 - 0.65%
Carter County, Tennessee - 56,486 - 56,502 - 16 - 0.03%

Cheatham County, Tennessee - 39,741 - 39,880 - 139 - 0.35%
Chester County, Tennessee - 17,471 - 17,453 - -18 - -0.10%
Claiborne County, Tennessee - 31,709 - 31,757 - 48 - 0.15%
Clay County, Tennessee - 7,771 - 7,752 - -19 - -0.24%
Cocke County, Tennessee - 35,162 - 35,219 - 57 - 0.16%

Coffee County, Tennessee - 54,277 - 54,682 - 405 - 0.75%
Crockett County, Tennessee - 14,601 - 14,411 - -190 - -1.30%
Cumberland County, Tennessee - 58,229 - 58,655 - 426 - 0.73%
Davidson County, Tennessee - 678,889 - 684,410 - 5,521 - 0.81%
Decatur County, Tennessee - 11,660 - 11,769 - 109 - 0.93%

DeKalb County, Tennessee - 19,182 - 19,361 - 179 - 0.93%
Dickson County, Tennessee - 51,487 - 52,170 - 683 - 1.33%
Dyer County, Tennessee - 37,893 - 37,708 - -185 - -0.49%
Fayette County, Tennessee - 39,165 - 39,590 - 425 - 1.09%
Fentress County, Tennessee - 17,917 - 18,033 - 116 - 0.65%

Franklin County, Tennessee - 41,449 - 41,700 - 251 - 0.61%
Gibson County, Tennessee - 49,399 - 49,401 - 2 - 0.00%
Giles County, Tennessee - 28,946 - 29,307 - 361 - 1.25%
Grainger County, Tennessee - 22,846 - 23,072 - 226 - 0.99%
Greene County, Tennessee - 68,580 - 68,615 - 35 - 0.05%

Grundy County, Tennessee - 13,441 - 13,389 - -52 - -0.39%
Hamblen County, Tennessee - 63,402 - 63,785 - 383 - 0.60%
Hamilton County, Tennessee - 354,098 - 357,738 - 3,640 - 1.03%
Hancock County, Tennessee - 6,572 - 6,577 - 5 - 0.08%
Hardeman County, Tennessee - 25,707 - 25,435 - -272 - -1.06%

Hardin County, Tennessee - 25,756 - 25,679 - -77 - -0.30%
Hawkins County, Tennessee - 56,471 - 56,563 - 92 - 0.16%
Haywood County, Tennessee - 18,023 - 17,853 - -170 - -0.94%
Henderson County, Tennessee - 28,015 - 27,822 - -193 - -0.69%
Henry County, Tennessee - 32,147 - 32,310 - 163 - 0.51%

Hickman County, Tennessee - 24,363 - 24,295 - -68 - -0.28%
Houston County, Tennessee - 8,149 - 8,134 - -15 - -0.18%
Humphreys County, Tennessee - 18,135 - 18,347 - 212 - 1.17%
Jackson County, Tennessee - 11,509 - 11,566 - 57 - 0.50%
Jefferson County, Tennessee - 53,240 - 53,535 - 295 - 0.55%

Johnson County, Tennessee - 17,830 - 17,754 - -76 - -0.43%
Knox County, Tennessee - 451,324 - 456,132 - 4,808 - 1.07%
Lake County, Tennessee - 7,576 - 7,560 - -16 - -0.21%
Lauderdale County, Tennessee - 26,936 - 26,773 - -163 - -0.61%
Lawrence County, Tennessee - 42,564 - 43,081 - 517 - 1.21%

Lewis County, Tennessee - 11,854 - 11,904 - 50 - 0.42%
Lincoln County, Tennessee - 33,743 - 33,645 - -98 - -0.29%
Loudon County, Tennessee - 51,130 - 51,454 - 324 - 0.63%
Macon County, Tennessee - 23,177 - 23,450 - 273 - 1.18%
Madison County, Tennessee - 97,610 - 97,663 - 53 - 0.05%

Marion County, Tennessee - 28,487 - 28,446 - -41 - -0.14%
Marshall County, Tennessee - 31,552 - 31,915 - 363 - 1.15%
Maury County, Tennessee - 87,757 - 89,981 - 2,224 - 2.53%
McMinn County, Tennessee - 52,639 - 52,850 - 211 - 0.40%
McNairy County, Tennessee - 26,066 - 25,935 - -131 - -0.50%

Meigs County, Tennessee - 11,830 - 12,005 - 175 - 1.48%
Monroe County, Tennessee - 45,771 - 45,970 - 199 - 0.43%
Montgomery County, Tennessee - 193,479 - 195,734 - 2,255 - 1.17%
Moore County, Tennessee - 6,322 - 6,323 - 1 - 0.02%
Morgan County, Tennessee - 21,498 - 21,554 - 56 - 0.26%

Obion County, Tennessee - 30,639 - 30,578 - -61 - -0.20%
Overton County, Tennessee - 22,129 - 22,051 - -78 - -0.35%
Perry County, Tennessee - 7,929 - 7,964 - 35 - 0.44%
Pickett County, Tennessee - 5,146 - 5,142 - -4 - -0.08%
Polk County, Tennessee 16,773 - 16,772 - -1 - -0.01%

Putnam County, Tennessee - 74,553 - 75,931 - 1,378 - 1.85%
Rhea County, Tennessee - 32,526 - 32,442 - -84 - -0.26%
Roane County, Tennessee - 52,753 - 52,874 - 121 - 0.23%
Robertson County, Tennessee - 68,570 - 69,165 - 595 - 0.87%
Rutherford County, Tennessee - 298,612 - 308,251 - 9,639 - 3.23%

Scott County, Tennessee - 21,950 - 21,947 - -3 - -0.01%
Sequatchie County, Tennessee - 14,811 - 14,897 - 86 - 0.58%
Sevier County, Tennessee - 95,946 - 96,673 - 727 - 0.76%
Shelby County, Tennessee - 938,069 - 934,603 - -3,466 - -0.37%
Smith County, Tennessee - 19,295 - 19,447 - 152 - 0.79%

Stewart County, Tennessee - 13,259 - 13,182 - -77 - -0.58%
Sullivan County, Tennessee - 156,791 - 156,667 - -124 - -0.08%
Sumner County, Tennessee - 175,989 - 180,063 - 4,074 - 2.31%
Tipton County, Tennessee - 61,870 - 61,303 - -567 - -0.92%
Trousdale County, Tennessee - 8,042 - 8,271 - 229 - 2.85%

Unicoi County, Tennessee - 17,860 - 17,719 - -141 - -0.79%
Union County, Tennessee - 19,119 - 19,140 - 21 - 0.11%
Van Buren County, Tennessee - 5,677 - 5,689 - 12 - 0.21%
Warren County, Tennessee - 40,435 - 40,516 - 81 - 0.20%
Washington County, Tennessee - 126,302 - 127,440 - 1,138 - 0.90%

Wayne County, Tennessee - 16,748 - 16,713 - -35 - -0.21%
Weakley County, Tennessee - 33,960 - 33,507 - -453 - -1.33%
White County, Tennessee - 26,521 - 26,653 - 132 - 0.50%
Williamson County, Tennessee - 211,672 - 219,107 - 7,435 - 3.51%
Wilson County, Tennessee - 128,911 - 132,781 - 3,870 - 3.00%


*Note: I did color code the growth numbers green and red. Green meaning gain, red meaning loss. But don't take that as green = good, red = bad (well, red does = bad)...I would love to use different shades (say, 0-0.49% yellow, 0.50-0.99% light green, 1.00-1.99% green, 2.00%+ dark green)...but that's just an extra step and a bit of time.

Will do ranking lists tonight.
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Old 03-23-2017, 02:46 PM
 
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Thank you for posting this. I look forward to seeing the rest of the figures.

Some observations:
  • Pretty much all of West Tennessee is in decline.
  • Johnson City is the only part of Northeast Tennessee that's not hemorrhaging population.
  • Hopkinsville (KY) is keeping the Clarksville MSA from being among the nation's fastest growing.
  • Knoxville and Chattanooga are growing at very manageable, healthy rates.
  • Cookeville is starting to really take off and is the fastest-growing area in the state outside of the Nashville MSA.
  • Nashville's MSA has about 3 times the growth of the rest of the state's metropolitan areas combined.
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Thank you for posting this. I look forward to seeing the rest of the figures.

Some observations:
  • Pretty much all of West Tennessee is in decline.
  • Johnson City is the only part of Northeast Tennessee that's not hemorrhaging population.
  • Hopkinsville (KY) is keeping the Clarksville MSA from being among the nation's fastest growing.
  • Knoxville and Chattanooga are growing at very manageable, healthy rates.
  • Cookeville is starting to really take off and is the fastest-growing area in the state outside of the Nashville MSA.
  • Nashville's MSA has about 3 times the growth of the rest of the state's metropolitan areas combined.
You seem pretty educated and sound when it comes to Tennessee topics like this...

Why is West Tennessee declining while the rest of the state is doing good/decent?

And has Nashville surpassed Memphis in population as the biggest city yet?
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:16 PM
 
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Re: Northeast Tennessee. Johnson City is stable, but so are Carter County (part of the Johnson City MSA) and Greene County (Greeneville mSA). Sullivan County/Bristol and Unicoi County definitely are shrinking.


Regarding West Tennessee, it has a vastly different economic and political history than the rest of Tennessee. There is a lower population density, fewer economic drivers in general, fewer strategic and important cities, etc. Middle Tennessee obviously has Nashville, but also Clarksville, Cookeville, and the Tullahoma-Fayetteville area connecting to Huntsville, AL. East Tennessee has Knoxville, Chattanooga, but also Sevier County, the Tri-Cities, and Cleveland. Cities in West Tennessee like Jackson are much more geographically isolated and have a sense of struggling about them. Much of West TN seems like it has struggled to move beyond the plantation economy of decades/centuries ago.
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Old 03-23-2017, 05:39 PM
 
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Thought it might be interesting to look at the densities of the various metros. Not surprisingly, Nashville is the most dense. The land area of the Nashville metro is massive, 3 times the size of the Chattanooga metro (6300 sq miles vs 2088 sq miles). In fact, the Chattanooga metro is significantly smaller than than the rest, with Knoxville covering almost 1500sq miles more than Chattanooga. Even Clarksville is almost the same size as Chattanooga metro (2088 sq mi vs 1698 sq miles).

Nashville - Pop. - Area - Density
-Davidson - 684,410 - 504 - 1,358
-Rutherford - 298,612 - 619 - 482
-Williamson - 219,107 - 583 - 376
-Sumner - 180,063 - 529 - 340
-Wilson - 132,781 - 571 - 233
-Maury - 89,981 - 613 - 147
-Robertson - 69,165 - 476 - 145
-Cheatham - 39,880 - 302 - 132
-Dickson - 52,170 - 490 - 106
-Macon - 23,450 - 307 - 76
-Trousdale - 8,271 - 114 - 73
-Smith - 19,447 - 314 - 62
-Cannon - 14,027 - 266 - 53
-Hickman - 24,295 - 612 - 40
Total - 1,855,659 - 6,300 - 295

Memphis

-Shelby - 934,603 - 763 - 1,225
-DeSoto - 175,611 - 476 - 369
-Tipton - 61,303 - 458 - 134
-Crittenden - 49,235 - 610 - 81
-Tate - 28,201 - 405 - 70
-Fayette - 39,590 - 705 - 56
-Marshall - 35,801 - 706 - 51
-Tunica - 10,234 - 455 - 22
-Benton - 8,264 - 407 - 20
Total - 1,342,842 - 4,985 - 269

Knoxville

-Knox - 456,132 - 508 - 898
-Blount - 128,670 - 559 - 230
-Anderson - 75,936 - 337 - 225
-Loudon - 51,454 - 229 - 225
-Roane - 52,874 - 361 - 146
-Union - 19,140 - 224 - 85
-Campbell - 39,714 - 480 - 83
-Grainger - 23,072 - 281 - 82
-Morgan - 21,554 - 522 - 41
Total - 868,546 - 3,501 - 248

Chattanooga

-Hamilton - 357,738 - 542 - 660
-Catoosa - 66,398 - 162 - 410
-Walker - 67,896 - 446 - 152
-Dade - 16,257 - 174 - 93
-Marion - 28,446 - 498 - 57
-Sequatchie - 14,897 - 266 - 56
Total - 551,632 - 2,088 - 264

I also decided to remove the Metro seat from each calculation, to get an idea of how spread out each metro really is. Here are the densities with the largest counties removed.

Nashville metro: 202/sq mi
Memphis Metro: 96/sq mi
Knoxville Metro: 137/sq mi
Chattanooga Metro: 125/sq mi

Memphis metro is definitely very concentrated compared to the rest, with Chattanooga in 2nd. Nashville is pretty obviously (both by numbers and observation) the most sprawled of the major ones.
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Top 10 Fastest Growing

by number
1) Rutherford County +9,639
2) Williamson County +7,435
3) Davidson County +5,521
4) Knox County +4,808
5) Sumner County +4,074
6) Wilson County +3,870
7) Hamilton County +3,640
8) Montgomery +2,255
9) Maury County +2,224
10) Blount County +1,417


by percentage
1) Williamson County +3.51%
2) Rutherford County +3.23%
3) Wilson County +3.00%
4) Trousdale County +2.85%
5) Maury County +2.53%
6) Sumner County +2.31%
7) Putnam County +1.85%
8) Meigs County +1.48%
9) Cannon County +1.35%
10) Dickson County +1.33%




Bottom 10 Slowest Growing

by number
95) Shelby County -3,466
94) Tipton County -567
93) Weakley County -453
92) Hardeman County -272
91) Henderson County -193
90) Crockett County -190
89) Dyer County -185
88) Haywood County -170
87) Lauderdale County -163
86) Unicoi County -141


by percentage
95) Weakley County -1.33%
94) Crockett County -1.30%
93) Hardeman County -1.06%
92) Haywood County -0.94%
91) Tipton County -0.92%
90) Unicoi County -0.79%
89) Benton County -0.71%
88) Henderson County -0.69%
87) Lauderdale County -0.61%
86) Stewart County -0.58%
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Old 03-23-2017, 10:55 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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A lot of the Sullivan County/Kingsport-Bristol problems boil back down to an aging population and Johnson City just being far more desirable.

I live in Sullivan County (near Kingsport) and work in Kingsport proper. My grandparents' and parents' neighborhoods are all populated with mostly older people, at least 60+. As people die off or go into old age homes, homes move slowly in the neighborhoods - many have not been updated in years, yet the sellers (presumably kids) price them at top dollar. Much of the housing stock in Kingsport and Sullivan County is old, dated, and not priced to these realities. Younger people are not remaining in or moving into Sullivan County in significant numbers. Other than the immediate next door neighbor, I haven't seen any kids out in my parents' neighborhood since I moved back, when it was very common ten to fifteen years ago.

Out of my team of five at work, only two of us live close to Kingsport, none live in the city proper. The other three live in south Johnson City. No one else on my team is under 50, so it's not a young person thing per se.

The largest shopping development in the area, The Pinnacle, is now in Bristol, TN. Johnson City has the only area's healthy mall, the most upscale shopping options, and by far the most dining options. JC has had new restaurants opening downtown almost faster than you can eat them - by contrast, Kingsport's downtown has extremely limited options. I've found it difficult to even find a place, other a chain restaurant, to grab a casual beer after work through the week. Johnson City and even Bristol (which has carved out a little niche for itself) are eating Kingsport's lunch on virtually every front but municipal parks. Kingsport is also lacking a lot of the retail and dining amenities that JC/Bristol have. I rarely do anything in Kingsport other than buy the occasional lunch/breakfast on work days

Bristol, VA is at a disadvantage due to the additional VA tax overhead and complications. There are few jobs on the VA side, and few reasons to be there other than shopping. This is a drag on Kingsport-Bristol MSA. Hawkins County is also poor and dysfunctional, and a drag on Kingsport's side.

I am facing some potential job uncertainty due to a possible merger. If I survive this, I will not consider Kingsport for my first home purchase, and I'm not the only person I know that has ruled out Kingsport, for various reasons.

Johnson City has all the ingredients needed, other than an isolated location and comparatively poor local economy, to break out. This is where most of my leisure dollars for the Tri-Cities go to. I'm also surprised to see that Unicoi County isn't doing better - parts of it are pretty close to Johnson City and Asheville, and it is an absolutely beautiful place.

I've heard good things about Chattanooga, but have not had an opportunity to get down there in years. I am off for four days and may go down there.
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