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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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)

262,604

Population

(2019)

341,486

Population Change

(2014 - 2019)

30.00%

Population Forecast

(2040)

505,396

Foreign Born Population

23,390

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

7.40%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

11.30%

Civilian Veteran Population

18,113

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

66.20%

Black or African American, alone

15.80%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.50%

Asian, alone

3.70%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.10%

Some Other Race, alone

5.80%

Two or More Races

7.90%

Hispanic or Latino

11.20%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 6.80%

Female: 6.30%

Total: 6.60%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 25.70%

Female: 23.80%

Total: 24.80%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 65.20%

Female: 65.00%

Total: 65.00%

65 Years and Over

Male: 9.10%

Female: 11.20%

Total: 10.20%

Median Age

Male: 32.4

Female: 34.6

Total: 33.5

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

103,562

Homeownership Rate

65.2%

Persons Per Household

2.78

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

83.0%

Median Home Value

$213,200

Annual Home Sales

7,819

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$264,990

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

11.1%

Total Personal Income

$14,192,668

Personal Income Per Capita

$42,712

County Median Wage

$17.51

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

3.9%

$10,000 to $14,999

3.0%

$15,000 to $24,999

6.6%

$25,000 to $34,999

8.4%

$35,000 to $49,999

13.7%

$50,000 to $74,999

20.8%

$75,000 to $99,999

16.2%

$100,000 to $149,999

17.1%

$150,000 to $199,999

5.9%

$200,000 or More

4.5%

Median Household Income

$67,429

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)

$2.2194

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

None (Hall Income tax was fully repealed 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 2020)

$186,879,062

Local Sales Tax Collections

(FY 2019)

$150,884,771

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth

(FY 2019 - FY 2020)

23.9%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$986 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$1,459

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

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2019)
Tennessee
Rutherford

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,287,422

Rutherford: 184,368

Employment

Tennessee: 3,041,838

Rutherford: 171,731

Unemployment

Tennessee: 245,584

Rutherford: 12,637

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 7.5%

Rutherford: 6.9%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Rutherford

2016

Tennessee: 3.7%

Rutherford: 2.9%

2017

Tennessee: 3.5%

Rutherford: 2.7%

2018

Tennessee: 3.4%

Rutherford: 2.6%

2019

Tennessee: 7.5%

Rutherford: 6.9%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2020)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 92

Establishments: 16

Avg. Annual Wages: $29,361

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 45

Establishments: 3

Avg. Annual Wages: $53,678

Utilities

Employment: 457

Establishments: 12

Employment: $90,271

Construction

Employment: 5,369

Establishments: 658

Employment: $61,568

Manufacturing

Employment: 24,836

Establishments: 281

Employment: $74,274

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 4,937

Establishments: 447

Employment: $77,555

Retail Trade

Employment: 16,808

Establishments: 917

Employment: $35,952

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 12,751

Establishments: 287

Employment: $48,332

Information

Employment: 3,017

Establishments: 143

Employment: $65,670

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 3,392

Establishments: 394

Employment: $87,831

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 1,671

Establishments: 263

Employment: $49,599

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 3,487

Establishments: 697

Employment: $68,755

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 1,059

Establishments: 52

Employment: $92,457

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 9,813

Establishments: 430

Employment: $37,680

Educational Services

Employment: 809

Establishments: 88

Employment: $31,737

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 11,430

Establishments: 694

Employment: $51,079

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 984

Establishments: 79

Employment: $18,231

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 13,315

Establishments: 633

Employment: $19,927

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 3,113

Establishments: 422

Employment: $42,752

Government

Employment: 18,805

Establishments: 65

Employment: $53,127

Unclassified

Employment: 16

Establishments: 6

Employment: $21,498

Total

Employment: 136,216

Establishments: 6,585

Employment: $52,591

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Coil Winders, Tapers, and Finishers

Employment: 231

Location Quotient*: 18.07

Multiple Machine Tool Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Employment: 1,182

Location Quotient*: 9.03

Camera Operators, Television, Video, and Film

Employment: 121

Location Quotient*: 6.81

Tire Builders

Employment: 108

Location Quotient*: 6.11

Metal Workers and Plastic Workers, All Other

Employment: 131

Location Quotient*: 6.01

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

1,021

Aerospace & Defense

199

Appliances & Electrical

750

Automotive

15,221

Business Services

3,990

Chemicals

1,196

Distribution & Logistics

14,935

Film, Music & Entertainment

1,980

Food & Beverage

1,986

Healthcare & Medical Devices

324

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Nissan North America Inc.

Est. Employees: 8,500

City: Smyrna

Rutherford County Board of Education

Est. Employees: 5,312

City: Murfreesboro

Amazon.com

Est. Employees: 2,700

City: Murfreesboro

Middle Tennessee State University

Est. Employees: 2,300

City: Murfreesboro

Ingram Book Group, Inc.

Est. Employees: 2,048

City: La Vergne

Tennessee Valley Healthcare System- Alvin C. York Campus

Est. Employees: 1,563

City: Murfreesboro

Schneider Electric

Est. Employees: 1,500

City: Smyrna

Rutherford County Government

Est. Employees: 1,390

City: Murfreesboro

City of Murfreesboro

Est. Employees: 1,229

City: Murfreesboro

State Farm Insurance Companies

Est. Employees: 1,200

City: Murfreesboro

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 (2019)

908

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.56

Phone Number

(615) 274-2922

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

LaVergne

Population (2019)

35,411

Charter Type

General Law Mayor-Alderman

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.71

Phone Number

(615) 793-6295

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Murfreesboro

Population (2019)

136,366

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$1.29

Phone Number

(615) 893-5210

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

Yes

Smyrna

Population (2019)

49,552

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.70

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

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