Publication Date: August 1, 2012
Tennessee’s population grew 656,822 or 11.5 percent to 6,346,105 between the 2000 and 2010 Censuses. This compares to a 9.7 percent growth rate for the nation as a whole. The older population in Tennessee grew an astounding 21.3 percent from 2000 to 2010. This outpaces the US 2000 to 2010 growth rate of 15.1 percent. If the future of Tennessee rests with its children, the state faces a mixed bag of trends. The growth rate from 2000 to 2010 was much less for children than for the population as a whole, coming in at 7.0 percent. However, this growth rate compares quite favorably with the national rate of just 2.6 percent. In 2010, Tennessee ranked 45th in median household income, with the nearby states of Mississippi, West Virginia, Arkansas, Kentucky, and Alabama exhibiting lower incomes. In 2000, median income in Tennessee was $36,360 and for the US it was $41,994.