Tennessee : What you need to know

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River, Tennessee offers pastoral communities where country music stars retreat and bustling urban centers showcase southern culture and innovation. The best places to live in Tennessee include Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville. Music, health care, automobile manufacturing and tourism drive the state’s economy. Residents here cheer for college sports teams from the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt and pro teams like the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators and Memphis Grizzlies.


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Tennessee Profile

Quick Facts

Population 6,499,615
Latest Population Increase 0.00%
Median Household Income $45,219
Median Home Price $142,100
Median Property Tax $1,181
Median Rent $67

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.2%
  Unemployed 4.8%

Race

  Ethnicity White 77.8%
  Ethnicity Black 16.8%
  Ethnicity Asian 1.6%
  Ethnicity Hawaiian 0.1%
  Ethnicity Hispanic 4.9%
  Ethnicity Indian 0.3%
  Ethnicity Other 1.5%

Employment Rate

  Employed 95.2%
  Unemployed 4.8%

Educational Levels

  Bachelor's Degree 15.9%
  Associate's Degree 6.6%
  Graduate or Professional Degree 9%
  High School Graduate 33%
  Some College, No Degree 21%
  Percent Bachelor's Degree or Higher 24.9%
  Percent High School Graduate or Higher 85.5%

Industry

Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing and Hunting and Mining 1%
Construction 6.2%
Manufacturing 13.1%
Wholesale Trade 2.7%
Retail Trade 12.2%
Transportation and Warehousing, and Utilities 6.3%
Information 1.9%
Finance and Insurance, and Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 5.7%
Professional, Scientific and Management and Administrative and Waste 9.4%
Educational Services and Health Care and Social Assistance 22.8%
Arts, Entertainment and recreation and Accommodation and food Services 9.3%
Other Services, Except Public Administration 4.9%
Public Administration 4.4%

Housing

  Homes Rent 66.8%
  Homes Owned 33.2%

Tennessee Rankings


Best places to Live in Tennessee
Title Population Median Home Price Median Household Income
Adams 840 $99,300 $56,667
Adamsville 2,306 $83,400 $30,392
Alamo 2,281 $76,300 $35,441
Alcoa 8,737 $118,200 $36,215
Alexandria 988 $93,000 $50,781
Algood 3,581 $121,900 $49,375
Allardt 610 $103,500 $39,145
Altamont 1,174 $67,400 $25,641
Andersonville 347 $0 $37,656
Apison 2,505 $210,800 $56,905
Ardmore 1,182 $113,000 $37,350
Arlington 11,635 $214,700 $93,000
Ashland City 4,650 $117,800 $39,777
Athens 13,634 $118,900 $30,167
Atoka 8,845 $174,100 $83,961
Atwood 905 $74,000 $32,500
Auburn 311 $113,000 $45,156
Baileyton 531 $103,700 $33,456
Baneberry 534 $228,300 $64,375
Banner Hill 1,529 $82,800 $0