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Old 05-27-2017, 02:41 PM
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The metro pop is 1.34 million. I don't think its ever been 1.4 million.
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Old 05-28-2017, 03:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Upthewazzu View Post
Doesn't "Nashville" include the entire county? I think they count it differently for some reason.
For the Census Bureau Nashville does not cover the entire county. Davidson County has 684,000 residents, while the city has 660,000. There are five "satellite cities" inside Davidson County that are something of a hybrid (Belle Meade, Oak Hill, Forest Hills, Berry Hill, Goodlettsville, and Ridgetop). They are both part of Metro Nashville (the "city") and still their own entities to some degree. Residents of Forest Hills vote for the mayor of Nashville and also vote for the mayor of Forest Hills. All of the satellite cities control their own land use policies. All of the satellite cities utilize Nashville Fire EMS service while Goodlettsville also has its own fire department. The other satellite cities utilize Nashville Fire. Berry Hills, Goodlettsville, and Belle Meade have their own police departments while Ridgetop, Forest hills, and Oak hill only utilize Metro Police (although it should be noted that Metro Police still have jurisdiction in Goodlettsville, Belle Meade, and Berry Hill).

The Nashville MSA passed Memphis sometime in the mid-to-late 90s. The 2000 census had Nashville at 1.31 million while memphis was at 1.21 million. Nashville hit 1.59 million in the 2010 census and is on track to be right at 2 million by the 2020 census.

Here's a good graph of the Memphis MSA population over time. https://fred.stlouisfed.org/series/MPHPOP It shows that Memphis had continual, steady growth from the 80s through 2010. Since 2010 the population has remained stagnant. The same thing happened in the first four years of the 1980s and then picked up steam again. Hopefully Memphis can turn things around and start growing again like it was 15 years ago.
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