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Rutherford County

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Rutherford County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Central Time Zone

Grand Division

Middle Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

619.3

County Seat

Murfreesboro

Metropolitan Area

Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

ECD Region

Northern Middle

Population

Population (2014)

288,848

Population (2019)

332,285

Population Change (2014-2019)

15.0%

Population Forecast (2040)

505,396

Foreign Born Population

21,810

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

7.1%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

10.9%

Civilian Veteran Population

18,148

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

77.4%

Black or African American, alone

14.3%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.2%

Asian, alone

3.2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.0%

Some Other Race, alone

1.6%

Two or More Races

3.2%

Hispanic or Latino

7.8%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 6.9%

Female: 6.3%

Total: 6.6%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 25.9%

Female: 23.9%

Total: 24.9%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 65.2%

Female: 65.1%

Total: 65.1%

65 Years and Over

Male: 8.9%

Female: 11.0%

Total: 10.0%

Median Age

Male: 32.2

Female: 34.5

Total: 33.3

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2018 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

103,562

Homeownership Rate

65.5%

Persons Per Household

2.76

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

83.1%

Median Home Value

$190,200

Annual Home Sales

7,415

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$247,000

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

11.8%

Total Personal Income

$13,330,633,000

Personal Income Per Capita

$41,031

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

4.4%

$10,000 to $14,999

3.0%

$15,000 to $24,999

6.9%

$25,000 to $34,999

8.8%

$35,000 to $49,999

14.7%

$50,000 to $74,999

21.2%

$75,000 to $99,999

15.9%

$100,000 to $149,999

15.7%

$150,000 to $199,999

5.4%

$200,000 or More

3.9%

Median Household Income

$63,846

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2018)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2018)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.22

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 2017)

$118,268,077

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2018)

$126,781,395

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth (FY 2017-FY 2018)

7.2%

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

$1,766

Sources:
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2019)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2019)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2018)
Tennessee
Rutherford

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,242,754

Rutherford: 173,660

Employment

Tennessee: 3,129,078

Rutherford: 168,916

Unemployment

Tennessee: 113,676

Rutherford: 4,744

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 3.5%

Rutherford: 2.7%

Monthly Unemployment Rate*
Current
12 Months Ago

Tennessee

Current: 3.6%

12 Months Ago: 3.3%

Rutherford

Current: 2.3%

12 Months Ago: 2.3%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Rutherford

2015

Tennessee: 5.6%

Rutherford: 4.5%

2016

Tennessee: 4.7%

Rutherford: 3.7%

2017

Tennessee: 3.7%

Rutherford: 2.9%

2018

Tennessee: 3.5%

Rutherford: 2.7%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (December 2018)
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2019)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 84

Establishments: 13

Avg. Annual Wages: $32,392

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 52

Establishments: 4

Avg. Annual Wages: $68,120

Utilities

Employment: 351

Establishments: 12

Employment: $110,562

Construction

Employment: 4,484

Establishments: 548

Employment: $64,832

Manufacturing

Employment: 25,818

Establishments: 229

Employment: $89,627

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 4,655

Establishments: 438

Employment: $79,468

Retail Trade

Employment: 15,621

Establishments: 853

Employment: $35,137

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 7,801

Establishments: 229

Employment: $56,747

Information

Employment: 2,629

Establishments: 93

Employment: $77,062

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 3,508

Establishments: 360

Employment: $83,481

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 1,421

Establishments: 212

Employment: $49,958

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 3,404

Establishments: 550

Employment: $65,569

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 1,114

Establishments: 53

Employment: $99,956

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 9,938

Establishments: 341

Employment: $39,749

Educational Services

Employment: 799

Establishments: 75

Employment: $32,768

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 10,849

Establishments: 543

Employment: $57,546

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 962

Establishments: 68

Employment: $18,201

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 13,434

Establishments: 560

Employment: $19,085

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 2,788

Establishments: 448

Employment: $44,079

Government

Employment: 17,777

Establishments: 65

Employment: $68,907

Unclassified

Employment: 4

Establishments: 6

Employment: $15,856

Total

Employment: 147,174

Establishments: 5,696

Employment: $45,900

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Forging Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Employment: 795

Location Quotient*: 42.76

Gaming Managers

Employment: 86

Location Quotient*: 17.56

Tire Builders

Employment: 301

Location Quotient*: 15.92

Assemblers and Fabricators, All Other, Including Team Assemblers

Employment: 9,517

Location Quotient*: 8.18

Food and Tobacco Roasting, Baking, and Drying Machine Operators and Tenders

Employment: 179

Location Quotient*: 7.80

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

1,094

Aerospace & Defense

254

Appliances & Electrical

919

Automotive

17,765

Business Services

4,568

Chemicals

1,311

Distribution & Logistics

10,079

Film, Music & Entertainment

2,304

Food & Beverage

2,260

Healthcare & Medical Devices

339

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Nissan North America Inc

Est. Employees: 8,000

City: Smyrna

Rutherford County Government

Est. Employees: 5,700

City: Murfreesboro

Middle Tennessee State University

Est. Employees: 2,205

City: Murfreesboro

Ingram Book Group, Inc.

Est. Employees: 2,048

City: La Vergne

State Farm Insurance Companies

Est. Employees: 1,650

City: Murfreesboro

Schneider Electric

Est. Employees: 1,326

City: Smyrna

Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital

Est. Employees: 1,100

City: Murfreesboro

Bridgestone/ Firestone, Inc.

Est. Employees: 1,010

City: La Vergne

City of Murfeesboro

Est. Employees: 1,000

City: Murfreesboro

Kimberland Swan Holdings, Inc.

Est. Employees: 825

City: Smyrna

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

Nashville International

Distance to Nearest Commercial Service Airport

33

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

380

Nearest General Aviation Airport

Smyrna

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

8,048'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

27.7

Access of Interstate

I-24

U.S. Highways

31, 41, 70, 231

State Highways

1, 2, 10, 11, 16, 96, 99, 102, 266, 268, 269, 452, 840

Nearest Port (From County Seat)

Nashville

Railroads Serving County

CSX

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

Education

General Stats
Rutherford
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Rutherford: 92.00%

Tennessee: 89.50%

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

Rutherford: 41.70%

Tennessee: 36.70%

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

Rutherford: 33.30%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Rutherford: 96%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Rutherford: 65.90%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Rutherford: 21

Tennessee: 20.2

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

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 16,407

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 10,801

High Schools

Enrollment: 14,860

Murfreesboro City Schools
Enrollment

Elemetary Schools

Enrollment: 7,266

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 582

High Schools

Enrollment: 0

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

Middle Tennessee State University

City: Murfreesboro

Enrollment: 22,159

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro

City: Murfreesboro

Enrollment: 6,022

Vanderbilt University

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 12,587

Nashville State Community College

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 9,509

Tennessee State University

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 8,770

Belmont University

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 7,723

Lipscomb University

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 4,632

Trevecca Nazarene University

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 3,221

Cumberland University

City: Lebanon

Enrollment: 1,963

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Nashville

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 1,486

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville

City: Shelbyville

Enrollment: 1,007

Meharry Medical College

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 831

Fisk University

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 761

Welch College

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 349

Aquinas College

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 342

Watkins College of Art Design & Film

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 251

Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia Inc

City: Nashville

Enrollment: 229

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

457

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

33.0%

Children** (Grade 8)

40.3%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

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

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Number of Beds: 1,051

City: Nashville

Tristar Centennial Medical Center

Number of Beds: 686

City: Nashville

Saint Thomas Midtown Hospital

Number of Beds: 683

City: Nashville

Saint Thomas West Hospital

Number of Beds: 541

City: Nashville

Tristar Skyline Madison Campus

Number of Beds: 385

City: Madison

Tristar Skyline Medical Center

Number of Beds: 385

City: Nashville

Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon

Number of Beds: 245

City: Lebanon

Tennova Healthcare - Lebanon McFarland Rehabilitation Center

Number of Beds: 245

City: Lebanon

Tristar Summit Medical Center

Number of Beds: 200

City: Hermitage

Williamson Medical Center

Number of Beds: 185

City: Franklin

Metropolitan Nashville General Hospital

Number of Beds: 150

City: Nashville

Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center

Number of Beds: 126

City: Nashville

Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital

Number of Beds: 80

City: Nashville

Select Specialty Hospital - Nasvhille

Number of Beds: 70

City: Nashville

Curahealth Nashville

Number of Beds: 60

City: Nashville

Saint Thomas Stones River Hospital

Number of Beds: 60

City: Woodbury

Tennova Healthcare - Shelbyville

Number of Beds: 60

City: Shelbyville

Unity Medical Center

Number of Beds: 49

City: Manchester

Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Franklin

Number of Beds: 40

City: Franklin

Marshall Medical Center

Number of Beds: 25

City: Lewisburg

Saint Thomas Hospital for Specialty Surgery

Number of Beds: 23

City: Nashville

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

45.6°F

Average Annual Temperature

58.2°F

Annual Rainfall

53.42"

Elevation (at County Seat)

550'

Prevailing Winds

Southerly

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Eagleville

Population (2013)

684

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.73

Phone Number

(615) 274-2922

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

LaVergne

Population (2013)

33,637

Charter Type

General Law Mayor-Alderman

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.98

Phone Number

(615) 793-6295

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Murfreesboro

Population (2013)

114,660

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.21

Phone Number

(615) 893-5210

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

Yes

Smyrna

Population (2013)

42,235

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.88

Phone Number

(615) 459-2553

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

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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