Cities & States

Shelby County
Population: 937,750
Davidson County
Population: 658,506
Knox County
Population: 444,348
Hamilton County
Population: 348,121
Rutherford County
Population: 282,558
Williamson County
Population: 199,456
Montgomery County
Population: 185,980
Sumner County
Population: 169,623
Sullivan County
Population: 156,752
Washington County
Population: 125,317


State of Tennessee Demographics

Located in the Southeast region of the U.S., the Volunteer State is known for Nashville’s country-music and the blues and jazz of Memphis, both major tourism destinations. The state’s employment mix is transforming, as manufacturing continues to give way to professional and business services, education and health services, and leisure and hospitality services. Tennessee’s economy benefits from a favorable state and local tax structure and strong investment in auto manufacturing, but is challenged by low educational attainment and worker productivity.

The latest employment scorecard for the State of Tennessee for August 2016 to August 2017 is listed below, based on data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The state of Tennessee has a mixed employment scorecard. The labor force was basically flat, growing only 0.03 percent. The labor force participation rate fell 0.6 percent to a below-average 59.7 percent (the U.S. national rate is 62.9 percent as of August 2017). However, the unemployment rate fell by a an impressive 1.5 percent to a very good 3.3 percent. You can view what jobs are available in Tennessee, as well as which sectors of the economy are growing most quickly, on our Job Listings page.

Tennessee demographics

View more Tennessee demographics, largest cities and counties, news sources, investor relations sites, and a directory to the individual page for each city and county in the State of Tennessee below. More employment information for the State of Tennessee and each of the state’s metropolitan areas in our Employment Database. This database includes 10-years rolling data on the unemployment rate and total labor force for all 50 states, the United States, and every metropolitan area in the country, including comparative analysis relating metropolitan areas to their main state and the nation.

Based on 2013 statistics, the government sector employs the greatest percentage of workers in the state, followed by healthcare and social assistance; retail trade; manufacturing; and administrative and waste services, respectively. (Source: Merritt Research Services, LLC)


Total Population (2000, 2010, 2015*)

Based on 2000, 2010 and 2015* U.S. Census data
11.14% increase since 2000 census.
(* 2009-2015’ ACS 5-Year Estimates)

Directory of, Cities, Towns and Villages in Tennessee

Directory of Counties in Tennessee

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