Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Bedford County

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Bedford County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Central Time Zone

Grand Division

Middle Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

473.6

County Seat

Shelbyville

Metropolitan Area

South Central Tennessee nonmetropolitan area

ECD Region

Southern Middle

Population

Population (2014)

46,251

Population (2019)

49,713

Population Change (2014-2019)

7.5%

Population Forecast (2040)

61,073

Foreign Born Population

2,903

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

6.0%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

11.6%

Civilian Veteran Population

2,907

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

85.2%

Black or African American, alone

8.1%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.2%

Asian, alone

0.2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.0%

Some Other Race, alone

4.0%

Two or More Races

2.2%

Hispanic or Latino

12.4%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 6.8%

Female: 6.5%

Total: 6.6%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 26.3%

Female: 24.6%

Total: 25.4%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 60.1%

Female: 59.0%

Total: 59.6%

65 Years and Over

Male: 13.6%

Female: 16.4%

Total: 15.0%

Median Age

Male: 35.9

Female: 39.4

Total: 37.9

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

17,053

Homeownership Rate

68.5%

Persons Per Household

2.8

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

89.2%

Median Home Value

$151,100

Annual Home Sales

823

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$185,000

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

14.3%

Total Personal Income

$1,922,243

Personal Income Per Capita

$38,667

County Median Wage

$16.21

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

6.2%

$10,000 to $14,999

4.3%

$15,000 to $24,999

10.0%

$25,000 to $34,999

10.1%

$35,000 to $49,999

18.9%

$50,000 to $74,999

20.0%

$75,000 to $99,999

13.0%

$100,000 to $149,999

11.1%

$150,000 to $199,999

3.3%

$200,000 or More

3.1%

Median Household Income

$50,415

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2019)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2019)
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (2020)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.6600

State Property Tax

None

Assessment Ratio: Residential Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Farm Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Commercial/Industrial Property

40%

Assessment Ratio: Public Utility Property

55%

Assessment Ratio: Business Personal Property

30%

State Tax

State Income Tax on Wages

None

State Income Tax: Interest from Bonds and Notes and Dividends from Stock

1% (Hall Income tax is fully repealed after January 1, 2021)

Excise Tax (State)

6.5% of Tennessee taxable income

Franchise Tax (state)

0.25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee. The minimum tax is $100.

Unemployment Insurance Tax (state)

2.7% of the first $7,000 in wages for new employers

Sales Tax

State Sales Tax Rate

7.00%

County Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2019)

$13,214,952

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2020)

$15,040,314

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth (FY 2019 - FY 2020)

13.80%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$929 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$2,054

Sources:
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2020)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2020)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2019)
Tennessee
Bedford

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,345,000

Bedford: 21,223

Employment

Tennessee: 3,232,000

Bedford: 20,437

Unemployment

Tennessee: 113,000

Bedford: 786

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 3.40%

Bedford: 3.70%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Bedford

2016

Tennessee: 4.70%

Bedford: 5.00%

2017

Tennessee: 3.70%

Bedford: 3.90%

2018

Tennessee: 3.50%

Bedford: 3.70%

2019

Tennessee: 3.40%

Bedford: 3.70%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2019)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 102

Establishments: 18

Avg. Annual Wages: $42,116

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 14

Establishments: 1

Avg. Annual Wages: $54,001

Utilities

Employment: 66

Establishments: 2

Employment: $113,381

Construction

Employment: 741

Establishments: 86

Employment: $59,948

Manufacturing

Employment: 5,220

Establishments: 55

Employment: $56,419

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 244

Establishments: 35

Employment: $77,852

Retail Trade

Employment: 1,714

Establishments: 131

Employment: $34,381

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 1,644

Establishments: 43

Employment: $58,744

Information

Employment: 105

Establishments: 9

Employment: $49,226

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 319

Establishments: 46

Employment: $63,467

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 85

Establishments: 25

Employment: $30,290

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 404

Establishments: 57

Employment: $37,988

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 225

Establishments: 5

Employment: $45,136

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 1,384

Establishments: 38

Employment: $28,391

Educational Services

Employment: 162

Establishments: 3

Employment: $46,633

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 1,094

Establishments: 100

Employment: $45,276

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 63

Establishments: 8

Employment: $29,368

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 984

Establishments: 57

Employment: $17,060

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 206

Establishments: 74

Employment: $31,643

Government

Employment: 2,132

Establishments: 45

Employment: $53,190

Unclassified

Employment: 2

Establishments: 1

Employment: $26,519

Total

Employment: 18,890

Establishments: 837

Employment: $37,634

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Meat, Poultry, and Fish Cutters and Trimmers

Employment: 27

Location Quotient*: 497.38

Paperhangers

Employment: 22

Location Quotient*: 10.60

Prepress Technicians and Workers

Employment: 10

Location Quotient*: 34.07

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

Employment: 9

Location Quotient*: 28.47

Food Processing Workers, All Other

Employment: 9

Location Quotient*: 53.86

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

0

Aerospace & Defense

34

Appliances & Electrical

0

Automotive

1,633

Business Services

469

Chemicals

0

Distribution & Logistics

1,806

Film, Music & Entertainment

16

Food & Beverage

1,332

Healthcare & Medical Devices

145

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Tyson Foods, Inc.

Est. Employees: 1,463

City: Shelbyville

Calsonic Kansei North America, Inc.

Est. Employees: 1,272

City: Shelbyville

Bedford County Schools

Est. Employees: 1,066

City: Shelbyville

Wal-Mart Distribution Center

Est. Employees: 400

City: Shelbyville

Big G Express, Inc.

Est. Employees: 367

City: Shelbyville

Heritage Medical Center

Est. Employees: 350

City: Shelbyville

County of Bedford

Est. Employees: 292

City: Shelbyville

Titan Transfer, Inc.

Est. Employees: 284

City: Shelbyville

Albea Americas, Inc.

Est. Employees: 250

City: Shelbyville

Newell Rubbermaid

Est. Employees: 220

City: Shelbyville

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

Nashville International

Distance to Nearest Commercial Service Airport

57

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

380

Nearest General Aviation Airport

Bomar Field-Shelbyville Municipal

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

5,503'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

26

Access of Interstate

I-24

U.S. Highways

41, 231

State Highways

10, 16, 64, 82, 130, 269, 270, 276, 387, 437

Nearest Port (From County Seat)

Nashville

Railroads Serving County

CSX, Walking Horse and Eastern Railroad

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

Education

General Stats
Bedford
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Bedford: 82.50%

Tennessee: 89.50%

Population Aged 25-64 With Associate's Degree Or Higher

Bedford: 22.10%

Tennessee: 36.70%

Population Aged 25-64 With Bachelor's Degree Or Higher

Bedford: 15.40%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Bedford: 91%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Bedford: 53.90%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Bedford: 19.5

Tennessee: 20.2

High School Graduation Rate
College Going Rate
Average ACT Score
Bedford County Schools
Enrollment

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 4,100

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 1,912

High Schools

Enrollment: 2,353

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville

City: Shelbyville

Enrollment: 1,007

Middle Tennessee State University

City: Murfreesboro

Enrollment: 22,159

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro

City: Murfreesboro

Enrollment: 6,022

Motlow State Community College

City: Tullahoma

Enrollment: 5,851

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 1-Year American Community Survey,
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Department of Education (2017-2018)
National Center for Education Statistics (2016-2017)
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

† Regional higher education institutions include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Health & Public Safety

Doctors

Number of Doctors

29

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

32.1%

Children** (Grade 8)

43.4%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

Tennova Healthcare - Shelbyville

Number of Beds: 60

City: Shelbyville

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

Number of Beds: 286

City: Murfreesboro

Tristar Stonecrest Medical Center

Number of Beds: 109

City: Smyrna

Trustpoint Hospital

Number of Beds: 101

City: Murfreesboro

Lincoln Medical Center

Number of Beds: 59

City: Fayetteville

Unity Medical Center

Number of Beds: 49

City: Manchester

Marshall Medical Center

Number of Beds: 25

City: Lewisburg

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Health (2014)
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (2014)

† Regional hospitals include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Climate

Climate

Average High Temperature

70.8°F

Average Low Temperature

47.6°F

Average Annual Temperature

59.2°F

Annual Rainfall

56.24"

Elevation (at County Seat)

802'

Prevailing Winds

Southerly

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Bell Buckle

Population (2013)

409

Charter Type

General Law Mayor-Alderman

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.6000

Phone Number

(931) 389-9513

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Normandy

Population (2013)

92

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.5000

Phone Number

(931) 857-3205

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Shelbyville

Population (2013)

20,616

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.7700

Phone Number

(931) 684-2691

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

Yes

Main Street Participant

No

Wartrace

Population (2013)

604

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.3094

Phone Number

(931) 389-6144

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Additional Community Information

ThreeStar Certified County

Yes

Sources:
Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2015)
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2015)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey