Population Boom: Middle Tennessee counties among fastest growing in state
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--Tennessee has seen an influx of 369,689 new residents since 2010 according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The total represents a 5.8% increase from April 2010 to July 2017, bringing the state's total population to 6,715,984.
Shelby County remains the state's most-populated county with 936,961 residents. Davidson County ranks second with 691,243 residents.
While Shelby is the most-populated, Davidson has seen the most-growth in Tennessee. Over the seven year period, Nashville has added 64,663 residents, representing a 10.3% growth.
From a percentage of growth standpoint, Trousdale has seen the highest rate of change with 28.2% growth, growing from 7,864 residents in 2010 to 10,083 in 2017. Williamson County ranks second with a 23.5% change, adding just over 43,000 new residents.
Rutherford, Wilson, Montgomery, Bledsoe, Sumner, Maury, Davidson, and Sevier counties rounded out the top ten counties in percentage of growth, respectively.
The news wasn't all about growth for some counties. Lauderdale County dropped by 9.3%, followed by Hardeman (-6.6%), Haywood (-6.6%), Weakley (-4.8%), and Lake (-4.6%) counties.
The new data comes just a few weeks after Forbes ranked the Nashville-Davidson balance as America's 7th-fastest growing cities.