Introduction
Tennessee:
2018 Population = 6,770,010
2018 Percent of U.S. = 2.1%
U.S.:
2018 Population = 327,167,434
Attracting and retaining people to live, work, raise a family, and retire underlies the economic vitality of any region. Population growth is both a cause--and a consequence--of economic growth. Patterns of population growth and change reflect differences among regions to attract and retain people both as producers and consumers in their economy.
The following graphs offer a broad overview of trends in the pattern of population growth and change of Tennessee with comparisons to the nation at large. The data used are those compiled by the Regional Income and Product Divisions of the Bureau of Economic Analysis, U.S. Department of Commerce.
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Population, 1958-2018
Population, 1958-2018
Figure 1.
Figure 1 tracks Tennessee's annual population for the period 1958-2018 to illustrate population patterns over time. During this 61-year period, Tennessee's population rose from 3,471,000 in 1958 to 6,770,010 in 2018, for a net gain of 3,299,010, or 95.0%.
NOTE: The state population totals reported by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) are from the Bureau of Census midyear (July 1) estimates. These estimates may differ from those prepared independently in some states by various agencies and/or universities.
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Population Indices (1958=100): 1958-2018
Population Indices (1958=100): 1958-2018
Figure 2.
Figure 2 portrays Tennessee's population growth in a broader context by offering direct comparisons across time with the United States. The growth indices shown here express each region's population in 1958 as a base figure of 100, and the populations in later years as a percentage of the 1958 base figure. This method allows for more direct comparison of differences in population growth between regions that may differ vastly in size.
Tennessee's overall population growth was 95.0% over 1958-2018 outpaced the United States' increase of 87.9%.
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Population as a Percent of the United States Total: 1958-2018
Population as a Percent of the United States Total: 1958-2018
Figure 3.
Another interesting and insightful way of contrasting the population growth of Tennessee is to trace its individual percentage contributions to the United States' total population over time, as shown in Figure 3. A rising share means a region's population grew faster, or declined less, than the United States' population, while a declining share shows it grew more slowly.
In 1958, Tennessee's population comprised 2.0% of the United States' population, while in 2018 it totaled 2.1% thereby yielding a +0.1% share-shift.
   
 
Population Share-Shift
2018 vs. 1958
 
Share-
Shift*
 
2018
vs.
1958
+0.08%
=
2.07%
-
1.99%
 
   
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Tennessee Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1959-2018
Tennessee Population:
Annual Percent Change, 1959-2018
Figure 4.
Figure 4 highlights the short-run pattern of Tennessee's population growth by tracking the year-to-year percent change over 1959-2018. The average annual percent change for the entire 60-year period is also illustrated on this chart to provide a benchmark for gauging periods of relative high--and relative low--growth against the backdrop of the long-term average.
On average, Tennessee's population grew at an annual rate of 1.12% over 1959-2018. The state posted its highest growth in 1972 (1.95%) and posted its lowest growth in 1983 (0.30%). In 2018, Tennessee's population grew by 0.91%
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Tennessee Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1959-2018
Tennessee Population:
Annual Percent Change and Decade Averages Over 1959-2018
Figure 5.
Over the past six decades some states have experienced extreme swings in growth, and often such swings have tended to coincide with the decades themselves. Figure 5 again traces the annual percent change in Tennessee's population since 1959, but this time they are displayed with average growth rates for the decade of the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s, and 2010-2018.
During the 1960s, Tennessee's annual population growth rate averaged 1.02%. It averaged 1.52% during the 1970s, 0.69% in the 1980s, 1.51% throughout the 1990s, 1.13% in the 2000s, and 0.79% thus far this decade (2010 to 2018).
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Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change by Decade
Figure 6.
Figure 6 compares the decade average growth rates for Tennessee noted in the previous graph with the corresponding decade averages for the nation.
Relative to nationwide population growth trends, Tennessee posted below the nation in the 1960s (1.02% vs. 1.29%), topped the nation over the 1970s (1.52% vs. 1.10%), fell under the nation throughout the 1980s (0.69% vs. 0.95%), exceeded the nation during the 1990s (1.51% vs. 1.23%), registered above the nation throughout the 2000s (1.13% vs. 0.95%), and led the nation over 2010-2018 (0.79% vs. 0.72%).
   
 
Population Growth:
Average Annual Percent Change
 
 
 
1.12
1.02
1.52
0.69
1.51
1.13
0.79
0.91
 
1.06
1.29
1.10
0.95
1.23
0.95
0.72
0.62
 
   
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Tennessee:
Population, 1958-2018
 
1958
 
3,471,000
100.0
N
1.99
1959
 
3,522,000
101.5
1.47
1.99
1960
 
3,575,000
103.0
1.50
1.99
1961
 
3,622,000
104.4
1.31
1.98
1962
 
3,673,000
105.8
1.41
1.98
1963
 
3,718,000
107.1
1.23
1.97
1964
 
3,771,000
108.6
1.43
1.97
1965
 
3,798,000
109.4
0.72
1.96
1966
 
3,822,000
110.1
0.63
1.95
1967
 
3,859,000
111.2
0.97
1.96
1968
 
3,878,000
111.7
0.49
1.95
1969
 
3,897,000
112.3
0.49
1.94
1970
 
3,936,975
113.4
1.03
1.93
1971
 
4,010,238
115.5
1.86
1.94
1972
 
4,088,445
117.8
1.95
1.95
1973
 
4,138,417
119.2
1.22
1.96
1974
 
4,201,621
121.0
1.53
1.97
1975
 
4,260,829
122.8
1.41
1.98
1976
 
4,329,160
124.7
1.60
1.99
1977
 
4,401,939
126.8
1.68
2.00
1978
 
4,461,639
128.5
1.36
2.01
1979
 
4,533,297
130.6
1.61
2.02
1980
 
4,600,252
132.5
1.48
2.02
1981
 
4,627,662
133.3
0.60
2.02
1982
 
4,646,043
133.9
0.40
2.01
1983
 
4,659,757
134.2
0.30
1.99
1984
 
4,686,743
135.0
0.58
1.99
1985
 
4,715,292
135.8
0.61
1.98
1986
 
4,738,708
136.5
0.50
1.97
1987
 
4,782,939
137.8
0.93
1.97
1988
 
4,822,438
138.9
0.83
1.97
1989
 
4,854,432
139.9
0.66
1.97
1990
 
4,894,492
141.0
0.83
1.96
1991
 
4,966,587
143.1
1.47
1.96
1992
 
5,049,742
145.5
1.67
1.97
1993
 
5,137,584
148.0
1.74
1.98
1994
 
5,231,438
150.7
1.83
1.99
1995
 
5,326,936
153.5
1.83
2.00
1996
 
5,416,643
156.1
1.68
2.01
1997
 
5,499,233
158.4
1.52
2.02
1998
 
5,570,045
160.5
1.29
2.02
1999
 
5,638,706
162.5
1.23
2.02
2000
 
5,703,719
164.3
1.15
2.02
2001
 
5,750,789
165.7
0.83
2.02
2002
 
5,795,918
167.0
0.78
2.02
2003
 
5,847,812
168.5
0.90
2.02
2004
 
5,910,809
170.3
1.08
2.02
2005
 
5,991,057
172.6
1.36
2.03
2006
 
6,088,766
175.4
1.63
2.04
2007
 
6,175,727
177.9
1.43
2.05
2008
 
6,247,411
180.0
1.16
2.05
2009
 
6,306,019
181.7
0.94
2.06
2010
 
6,355,301
183.1
0.78
2.05
2011
 
6,397,410
184.3
0.66
2.05
2012
 
6,451,281
185.9
0.84
2.06
2013
 
6,493,432
187.1
0.65
2.05
2014
 
6,540,826
188.4
0.73
2.05
2015
 
6,590,808
189.9
0.76
2.05
2016
 
6,645,011
191.4
0.82
2.06
2017
 
6,708,794
193.3
0.96
2.06
2018
 
6,770,010
195.0
0.91
2.07
Source: Calculations by the United States Regional Economic Analysis Project (US-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
REAP_PI_SA1400_100_PN
 
   
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United States:
Population, 1958-2018
 
1958
 
174,153,000
100.0
N
1959
 
177,136,000
101.7
1.71
1960
 
179,972,000
103.3
1.60
1961
 
182,976,000
105.1
1.67
1962
 
185,739,000
106.7
1.51
1963
 
188,434,000
108.2
1.45
1964
 
191,085,000
109.7
1.41
1965
 
193,460,000
111.1
1.24
1966
 
195,499,000
112.3
1.05
1967
 
197,375,000
113.3
0.96
1968
 
199,312,000
114.4
0.98
1969
 
201,298,000
115.6
1.00
1970
 
203,798,722
117.0
1.24
1971
 
206,817,509
118.8
1.48
1972
 
209,274,882
120.2
1.19
1973
 
211,349,205
121.4
0.99
1974
 
213,333,635
122.5
0.94
1975
 
215,456,585
123.7
1.00
1976
 
217,553,859
124.9
0.97
1977
 
219,760,875
126.2
1.01
1978
 
222,098,244
127.5
1.06
1979
 
224,568,579
128.9
1.11
1980
 
227,224,719
130.5
1.18
1981
 
229,465,744
131.8
0.99
1982
 
231,664,432
133.0
0.96
1983
 
233,792,014
134.2
0.92
1984
 
235,824,907
135.4
0.87
1985
 
237,923,734
136.6
0.89
1986
 
240,132,831
137.9
0.93
1987
 
242,288,936
139.1
0.90
1988
 
244,499,004
140.4
0.91
1989
 
246,819,222
141.7
0.95
1990
 
249,622,814
143.3
1.14
1991
 
252,980,941
145.3
1.35
1992
 
256,514,224
147.3
1.40
1993
 
259,918,588
149.2
1.33
1994
 
263,125,821
151.1
1.23
1995
 
266,278,393
152.9
1.20
1996
 
269,394,284
154.7
1.17
1997
 
272,646,925
156.6
1.21
1998
 
275,854,104
158.4
1.18
1999
 
279,040,168
160.2
1.15
2000
 
282,162,411
162.0
1.12
2001
 
284,968,955
163.6
0.99
2002
 
287,625,193
165.2
0.93
2003
 
290,107,933
166.6
0.86
2004
 
292,805,298
168.1
0.93
2005
 
295,516,599
169.7
0.93
2006
 
298,379,912
171.3
0.97
2007
 
301,231,207
173.0
0.96
2008
 
304,093,966
174.6
0.95
2009
 
306,771,529
176.2
0.88
2010
 
309,326,085
177.6
0.83
2011
 
311,580,009
178.9
0.73
2012
 
313,874,218
180.2
0.74
2013
 
316,057,727
181.5
0.70
2014
 
318,386,421
182.8
0.74
2015
 
320,742,673
184.2
0.74
2016
 
323,071,342
185.5
0.73
2017
 
325,147,121
186.7
0.64
2018
 
327,167,434
187.9
0.62
Source: Calculations by the United States Regional Economic Analysis Project (US-REAP)
with data provided by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis
November 2019
REAP_PI_SA1400_100_PN
 
   
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