Middle Tennessee median household incomes are down, travel times to work up -Census data

New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows Middle Tennesseans are spending more time getting to work while median incomes are down. PHOTO: MGN

NASHVILLE, Tenn.--New data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows the nation as a whole saw an increase in commuting time and rent costs from 2012-2016.

The five-year data release in the American Community Survey found Americans on average spent 26.1 minutes driving to work. Nashville workers were just above the national average with 27 minutes spent driving to work for people living in Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin.

Chattanooga and Knoxville workers fared much better, with an average commute totaling 23.3 minutes and 23.4 minutes, respectively.

Nationally, the longest commute belongs to East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania with an average commute of 35.9 minutes. The shortest was Walla Walla, Washington with 15.4 minutes.

When it comes to rent prices, the U.S. as a whole saw a $21 increase in median gross rent, jumping from $928 in 2007-2011 to $949 from 2012 to 2016.

Tennessee's small area and poverty income estimates per the Census Bureau also shows the state was among the lowest in the country for median household income and children under the age of 5 living in poverty.

According to the 2016 data, Tennessee had the eighth-lowest median household income ranking of the 50 states and Washington, D.C. with a median estimate of $48,506 per year. Of the other nine lowest-ranking states at the bottom of the list, Tennessee had the highest total population.

However, one Tennessee county had positive numbers when it came to rankings among the country's 3,141 counties. Williamson County had among the lowest poverty rates for residents of all ages with 5.2. The rate was the 20th best in the nation. Williamson also ranked 10th in the nation among all counties with a median household income of $107.942.

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