Why there’s so much emphasis on population growth in NE Tenn

Demographics – especially the natural population status – is something on the mind of most government and civic leaders. The reason is simple. The U.S. population is rapidly aging and here in NE Tenn. the growth rate is faster than it is nationwide.

Here’s a sobering example. In the NE Tenn. counties commonly referred to as the Tri-Cities, there were 6,255 deaths. And since there are more deaths than births these days that’s a natural population loss. The 2018 to 2010 natural population loss was 10,325 people.

That’s why there’s so much focus is on growing the population by attracting new residents.

Here’s rundown of NE Tenn. counties demographic data via the State Data Center’s  new population dashboard.

 

SULLIVAN Co.

2018 population – 157,668

Rank in state – #9

Compound growth since 2010 –  up 0.07%

2018-2017 growth –  up 717 +0.46%

2018 births – 1,143

2018 deaths – 1,971

2018 natural change – down 498

Natural change since 2010 – down 3,903

2018 net migration – 1,216

Net migration since 2010 – 4,914

 

WASHINGTON Co.

2018 population – 128,607

Rank in state – #12

Compound growth since 2010 – up 0.52%

2018-2017 growth –  up 994. Up 0.78%

2018 births – 1,241

2018 deaths – 1,397

2018 natural change – down 136

Natural change since 2010 – down 398

2018 net migration – 1,149

Net migration since 2010 – 5,966

 

GREENE Co.

2018 population – 69,087

Rank in state – #20

Compound growth since 2010 – down 0.05%

2018-2017 growth – 328 – up 0.48%

2018 births – 649

2018 deaths – 926

2018 natural change – down 277

Natural change since 2010 – down 1,976

2018 net migration – 604

Net migration since 2010 – 2,283

HAWKINS  Co.

2018 population – 56,530

Rank in state – #24

Compound growth since 2010, down 0.25%

2018-2017 growth – Up 60, Up 0.11%

2018 births – 523

2018 deaths – 726

2018 natural change – down 203

Natural change since 2010 – down 1,230

2018 net migration – 265

Net migration since 2010 – 977

CARTER Co.

2018 population – 56,351

Rank in state – #25

Compound growth since 2010, down 0.22%

2018-2017 growth – down 125, down 0.22%

2018 births – 470

2018 deaths – 728

2018 natural change – down 258

Natural change since 2010 – down 1,359

2018 net migration – 136

Net migration since 2010 – 363

JOHNSON  Co.

2018 population – 17,778

Rank in state – #70

Compound growth since 2010, down 0.35%

2018-2017 growth – Up 137, Up 0.78%

2018 births – 143

2018 deaths – 235

2018 natural change – down 92

Natural change since 2010 – down 564

2018 net migration – 228

Net migration since 2010 – 111

UNICOI  Co.

2018 population – 17,761

Rank in state – #71

Compound growth since 2010, down 0.36%

2018-2017 growth – Up 6, Up 0.03%

2018 births – 157

2018 deaths – 272

2018 natural change – down 115

Natural change since 2010 – down 895

2018 net migration – 122

Net migration since 2010 – 360

 

 



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