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I've seen some talk about which counties place where. It has been a while, but still. Here are the latest figures available for Tennessee. 2003

Median household income in Tennessee

(highest to lowest)

County Income

Williamson County 75,986

Wilson County 52,673

Rutherford County 48,545

Cheatham County 47,994

Sumner County 47,224

Robertson County 44,912

Fayette County 44,624

Maury County 43,658

Loudon County 43,152

Tipton County 41,951

Davidson County 40,878

Knox County 40,633

Blount County 40,605

Moore County 40,356

Montgomery County 39,989

Hamilton County 39,553

Dickson County 39,238

Shelby County 39,099

Marshall County 38,544

Anderson County 38,194

Coffee County 37,721

Madison County 37,547

Bedford County 37,394

Smith County 37,119

Bradley County 36,952

Roane County 36,849

Franklin County 36,519

Humphreys County 36,050

Sevier County 35,873

Lincoln County 35,636

Cannon County 35,564

Sullivan County 35,541

Giles County 34,978

Chester County 34,972

Stewart County 34,725

Washington County 34,554

Jefferson County 34,523

Dyer County 34,274

Henderson County 34,108

Obion County 33,982

McMinn County 33,805

Hamblen County 33,773

Hawkins County 33,327

DeKalb County 33,123

Marion County 33,098

Trousdale County 32,860

Sequatchie County 32,712

Monroe County 32,511

Rhea County 32,478

Cumberland County 32,471

Putnam County 32,422

Greene County 32,356

Gibson County 32,319

Warren County 32,114

Unicoi County 31,997

Hickman County 31,777

Houston County 31,722

Carroll County 31,714

Lawrence County 31,687

McNairy County 31,259

Crockett County 31,258

Macon County 31,199

Weakley County 31,067

Lewis County 30,994

Meigs County 30,717

Polk County 30,506

Henry County 30,305

Decatur County 30,154

White County 30,104

Van Buren County 29,924

Bledsoe County 29,774

Grainger County 29,635

Hardeman County 29,607

Morgan County 29,552

Overton County 29,245

Lauderdale County 29,157

Benton County 28,996

Perry County 28,851

Carter County 28,796

Haywood County 28,776

Hardin County 28,571

Union County 28,416

Jackson County 28,241

Claiborne County 27,840

Campbell County 27,458

Wayne County 27,266

Cocke County 26,251

Grundy County 26,028

Scott County 25,294

Clay County 25,199

Pickett County 25,187

Fentress County 24,623

Johnson County 24,142

Lake County 22,614

Hancock County 19,228

Tennessee (statewide) 37,925

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What is surprising is that Wilson is # 2 and Cheatham is # 4. I would have thought other counties would have been in those spots. I live in Cheatham and you would never no that it is # 4. Not a lot of growth here but some. Most of the homes are very modest.

The 6 top counties all surround Nashville. I guess that is a reflection of the growth going on in the State now.

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I'm surprised that Fayette County is so high. At one point, it was one of the poorest--wealthy cotton plantations with a predominantly poor black sharecropper population.

The Commercial Appeal had an article about that this morning: wealth flees Shelby County and moves eastward to poor Fayette. I know that Fayette was the fastest growing population-wise during the early 90's, and that's almost all "wealth-flight."

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What is surprising is that Wilson is # 2 and Cheatham is # 4. I would have thought other counties would have been in those spots. I live in Cheatham and you would never no that it is # 4. Not a lot of growth here but some. Most of the homes are very modest.

The 6 top counties all surround Nashville. I guess that is a reflection of the growth going on in the State now.

I am somewhat surprised also, but not shocked that Cheatham is 4th. Down here in the southern part of the County we are seeing some growth and it is generally somewhat upscale. However, most of this area is developed with 1 to 5 acre, single home lots and there is not a lot of room for future growth, but what is coming in is more dense. The County recently approved rezonong for a 200+ acre subdivision in the Ranchettes area which will allow one house per acre. Kingston Springs will soon see development of a couple of nice condominium projects, so the world is catching up with us.

Cal Turner, the Dollar Store billionaire, recently bought a farm down here.

Cheatham County has been a well kept secret with some of the most beautiful scenery in the mid-state. But people are just now beginning to discover that.

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Williamson County at 75,000, wow. That is very high considering Tennessee is ranked as the 10th worst states for average income, but i used to live there and i belive it, the homes in Brentwood and Franklin are ridiculously huge.

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West Tennessee ranking:

1. Fayette County 44,624 (Somerville, Oakland - in Memphis metro)

2. Tipton County 41,951 (Covington - in Memphis metro)

3. Shelby County 39,099 (Memphis)

4. Madison County 37,547 (Jackson)

5. Chester County 34,972 (Henderson - in Jackson metro)

6. Dyer County 34,274 (Dyersburg, Newbern)

7. Henderson County 34,108 (Lexington)

8. Obion County 33,982 (Union City)

9. Gibson County 32,319 (Humboldt, Milan, Trenton)

10. McNairy County 31,259 (Selmer, Adamsville)

11. Carroll County 31,714 (McKenzie, Huntingdon)

12. Crockett County 31,258 (Alamo, Bells)

13. Weakley County 31,067 (Martin, Dresden)

14. Henry County 30,305 (Paris)

15. Decatur County 30,154 (Decaturville, Parsons)

16. Hardeman County 29,607 (Bolivar)

17. Lauderdale County 29,157 (Ripley)

18. Benton County 28,996 (Camden)

19. Haywood County 28,776 (Brownsville)

20. Hardin County 28,571 (Savannah)

21. Lake County 22,614 (Tiptonville)

Tennessee (statewide) 37,925

Anyone interested in picking out and putting together Middle and East Tennessee lists?

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I grt confused as to where the three divisions divide.

The Tennessee River divides West from the Rest. The time zone EST to CST divides East and Middle. That is a quick and dirty. That are a few that are a little in question, but you have a general idea. Hardin is generally in West Tennessee because it forms a straight line N/S, even though most is east of the Tennessee River. Marion and Sequatchie are sometimes in East Tennessee because of association with Chattanooga.

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West Tennessee ranking:

1. Fayette County 44,624 (Selmer - in Memphis metro)

Somerville and Oakland would be the important towns in Fayette County. Selmer is in McNairy.

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Somerville and Oakland would be the important towns in Fayette County. Selmer is in McNairy.

I'm sure he meant Somerville. As far as important for raising the income, Piperton, Rossville, Moscow, and LaGrange. Good catch, by the way.

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I think this is All of Middle Tennessee...

1. Williamson County 75,986**

2. Wilson County 52,673**

3. Rutherford County 48,545**

4. Cheatham County 47,994**

5. Sumner County 47,224**

6. Robertson County 44,912**

7. Maury County 43,658**

8. Davidson County 40,878**

9. Moore County 40,356

10. Montgomery County 39,989 (Clarksville Metro)

11. Dickson County 39,238 **

12. Marshall County 38,544

***State Average 37,925***

13. Coffee County 37,721

14. Bedford County 37,394

15. Smith County 37,119**

16. Franklin County 36,519

17. Humphreys County 36,050

18. Lincoln County 35,636

19. Cannon County 35,564**

20. Giles County 34,978

21. Stewart County 34,725 (Clarksville Metro)

22. DeKalb County 33,123

23. Trousdale County 32,860**

24. Cumberland County 32,471

25. Putnam County 32,422

26. Warren County 32,114

27. Hickman County 31,777**

28. Houston County 31,722

29. Lawrence County 31,687

30. Macon County 31,199**

31. Lewis County 30,994

32. White County 30,104

33. Van Buren County 29,924

34. Overton County 29,245

35. Perry County 28,851

36. Jackson County 28,241

37. Wayne County 27,266

38. Grundy County 26,028

39. Clay County 25,199

40. Pickett County 25,187

41. Fentress County 24,623

** = Nashville CSA

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Good job, You beat me to it. I like they way you have indicated the Nashville CSA. Its amazing how the larger cities have such an impact on their surrounding counties.

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Somerville and Oakland would be the important towns in Fayette County. Selmer is in McNairy.

Yeah I meant Somerville, I often want to put Selmer in Fayette for some reason, I think its because they both start with a S. Thanks for catching my oversight. I put in Oakland as you suggested too.

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1. Loudon County 43,152 (Knoxville msa)

2. Knox County 40,633 (Knoxville msa)

3. Blount County 40,605 (Knoxville msa)

4. Hamilton County 39,553 (Chattanooga TN/GA msa)

5. Anderson County 38,194 (Knoxville msa)

6. Bradley County 36,952 (Cleveland msa)

7. Roane County 36,849

8. Sevier County 35,873

9. Sullivan County 35,541 (Kingsport/Bristol TN/VA msa)

10. Washington County 34,554 (Johnson City msa)

11. Jefferson County 34,523 (Morristown msa)

12. McMinn County 33,805

13. Hamblen County 33,773 (Morristown msa)

14. Hawkins County 33,327 (Kingsport/Bristol TN/VA msa)

15. Marion County 33,098 (Chattanooga TN/GA msa)

16. Sequatchie County 32,712 (Chattanooga TN/GA msa)

17. Monroe County 32,511

18. Rhea County 32,478

19. Cumberland County 32,471

20. Greene County 32,356

21. Unicoi County 31,997 (Johnson City msa)

22. Meigs County 30,717

23. Polk County 30,506 (Cleveland msa)

24. Bledsoe County 29,774

25. Grainger County 29,635 (Morristown msa)

26. Morgan County 29,552

27. Carter County 28,796 (Johnson City msa)

28. Union County 28,416 (Knoxville msa)

29. Claiborne County 27,840

30. Campbell County 27,458

31. Cocke County 26,251

32. Scott County 25,294

33. Johnson County 24,142

34. Hancock County 19,228

Tennessee (statewide) 37,925

East Tennessee Total 32,427

I looked up the 3 grand divisions and there's one duplicate, Cumberland is on the middle and the eastern list...

According to the list I used, Cumberland is in the East Grand Division

Here's the link I used

http://www.tngenweb.org/maps/easttn.gif

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I find this interesting...

Middle Tennessee has 12 counties over the state average, East Tennessee has 5, West Tennessee only has 3.

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I find this interesting...

Middle Tennessee has 12 counties over the state average, East Tennessee has 5, West Tennessee only has 3.

But remember...Middle Tennessee has many more counties than East and West.

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But remember...Middle Tennessee has many more counties than East and West.

This brings up something that I've wondered about for years: Which section is more populous? I've always heard that it's E. TN.

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This brings up something that I've wondered about for years: Which section is more populous? I've always heard that it's E. TN.

I would imagine East TN or possibly Middle. The East does contain 3 fairly major metro areas but Middle Tennessee seems to have more medium sized cities outside of the Nashville Metro.

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This brings up something that I've wondered about for years: Which section is more populous? I've always heard that it's E. TN.

I did a county by county for the 2000 census...now these numbers are just based on my memory, but I remember...

East Tennessee » 2.2 million

Middle Tennessee » 2.0 million

West Tennessee » 1.4 million

And of the county split up, I did a quick look...

West Tennessee: 21

Middle Tennessee: 40

East Tennessee: 34

Recap: Household income

3 of 21 West Tennessee counties are above the state average (14.2%)

12 of 40 Middle Tennessee counties are above the state average (30.0%)

5 of 34 East Tennessee counties are above the state average (14.7%)

When I'm bored, I'll do a complete breakdown of the stats, including populations of each division and each county.

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East Tennessee 2,194,094 (34 counties)

Anderson 72,244

Bledsoe 12,785

Blount 113,744

Bradley 91,196

Campbell 40,507

Carter 58,622

Claiborne 30,726

Cocke 34,675

Cumberland 50,084

Grainger 21,928

Greene 64,718

Hamblen 59,489

Hamilton 310,371

Hancock 6,443

Hawkins 55,851

Jefferson 47,593

Johnson 18,049

Knox 400,061

Loudon 42,237

McMinn 50,981

Marion 27,661

Meigs 11,524

Monroe 42,070

Morgan 20,132

Polk 16,041

Rhea 29,792

Roane 52,920

Scott 21,938

Sequatchie 12,361

Sevier 77,270

Sullivan 152,498

Unicoi 17,703

Union 18,884

Washington 110,996

Chattanooga Metro

Cleveland Metro

Johnson City Metro

Kingsport-Bristol Metro

Knoxville Metro

Morristown Metro

Middle Tennessee 2,176,996 (40 counties)

Bedford 41,233

Cannon 13,339

Cheatham 38,032

Clay 8,006

Coffee 50,172

Davidson 572,475

DeKalb 18,213

Dickson 45,339

Fentress 17,023

Franklin 40,702

Giles 29,255

Grundy 14,465

Hickman 23,612

Houston 7,992

Humphreys 18,141

Jackson 11,146

Lawrence 40,864

Lewis 11,418

Lincoln 32,141

Macon 21,401

Marshall 27,991

Maury 74,692

Montgomery 142,204

Moore 5,978

Overton 20,419

Perry 7,673

Pickett 4,881

Putnam 65,963

Robertson 59,322

Rutherford 210,025

Smith 18,413

Stewart 12,795

Sumner 141,611

Trousdale 7,484

Van Buren 5,471

Warren 39,559

Wayne 16,869

White 23,857

Williamson 146,935

Wilson 97,891

Clarksville Metro

Nashville Metro

West Tennessee 1,525,766 (21 counties)

Benton 16,517

Carroll 29,364

Chester 15,773

Crockett 14,553

Decatur 11,650

Dyer 37,621

Fayette 33,624

Gibson 48,124

Hardeman 28,164

Hardin 29,931

Haywood 19,614

Henderson 26,269

Henry 31,506

Lake 7,656

Lauderdale 26,828

McNairy 25,152

Madison 94,397

Obion 32,393

Shelby 908,175

Tipton 54,722

Weakley 33,733

Jackson Metro

Memphis Metro

more to follow...

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1. Loudon County 43,152 (Knoxville msa)

2. Knox County 40,633 (Knoxville msa)

3. Blount County 40,605 (Knoxville msa)

4. Hamilton County 39,553 (Chattanooga TN/GA msa)

5. Anderson County 38,194 (Knoxville msa)

6. Bradley County 36,952 (Cleveland msa)

7. Roane County 36,849

8. Sevier County 35,873

9. Sullivan County 35,541 (Kingsport/Bristol TN/VA msa)

10. Washington County 34,554 (Johnson City msa)

11. Jefferson County 34,523 (Morristown msa)

12. McMinn County 33,805

13. Hamblen County 33,773 (Morristown msa)

14. Hawkins County 33,327 (Kingsport/Bristol TN/VA msa)

15. Marion County 33,098 (Chattanooga TN/GA msa)

16. Sequatchie County 32,712 (Chattanooga TN/GA msa)

17. Monroe County 32,511

18. Rhea County 32,478

19. Cumberland County 32,471

20. Greene County 32,356

21. Unicoi County 31,997 (Johnson City msa)

22. Meigs County 30,717

23. Polk County 30,506 (Cleveland msa)

24. Bledsoe County 29,774

25. Grainger County 29,635 (Morristown msa)

26. Morgan County 29,552

27. Carter County 28,796 (Johnson City msa)

28. Union County 28,416 (Knoxville msa)

29. Claiborne County 27,840

30. Campbell County 27,458

31. Cocke County 26,251

32. Scott County 25,294

33. Johnson County 24,142

34. Hancock County 19,228

Tennessee (statewide) 37,925

East Tennessee Total 32,427

I used to live in Hawkins County a long time ago (just west of Sullivan County and Kingsport). Just across a very steep and continuous ridge to the west of Hawkins County is Hancock County, the poorest county in Tennessee by a wide margin. It is truly the armpit of Tennessee economically. It's amazing what a role geography can play in all of this. That ridge makes the county almost inaccessable and thus very poor.

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