Tennessee : What you need to know

From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Mississippi River, Tennessee stands out as a center of culture, entertainment, natural beauty and innovation. The Volunteer State's musical heritage stretches from Beale Street in Memphis to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville and made it a natural location for companies such as fabled instrument maker Gibson.

Millennial talent is drawn to cities like Nashville, named one of the 50 Best Cities for Entrepreneurs by Livability.com, and Chattanooga, which offers ready access to outdoor attractions like the Ocoee River rapids or hiking in Lookout Mountain.

Best places to live in Tennessee include Franklin, which ranked No. 15 on Livability.com's 2017 Best Places to Live.

The state is a research leader that claims assets such as St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis and Oak Ridge National Laboratory in East Tennessee.

Eight Fortune 500 companies are based in Tennessee, including global logistics giant FedEx. Nashville is a hub of health care, home to more than 300 health-related companies. Tennessee is in the heart of the Southeast's Automotive Alley, where more than 900 automotive manufacturing operations are based, including major assembly operations for Nissan and General Motors.

The University of Tennessee, with its flagship campus in Knoxville, anchors the state's vast higher education system. Vanderbilt University in Nashville one of the nation's top research universities.

 

 

 

 

 


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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