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Big Numbers: Tennessee’s 2022 Population Gains Pushed by Record Domestic Net Migration

Column chart showing Tennessee annual population change from 1970 to 2022

Tennessee’s population grew by 83,000 people in 2022. The 1.2 percent one-year increase was the largest since 2007 and eighth largest in state history.

Population estimate data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau showed most of Tennessee’s increase can be attributed to record-levels of domestic net migration. In 2022, 81,646 more people moved into the state than moved out to other states during the period from July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2022. International migration added an additional 8,000 residents.

Because the state recorded more deaths (91,183) than births (81,970), some of those gains were offset slightly. The resulting -9,213 person natural change pulled the state’s net increase back to 82,988 people.

That increase pushed the state’s population over the 7 million mark for the first time, as it surpassed Massachusetts to become the nation’s 15th most populous.

Overall, 32 states and the District of Columbia added population in 2022. The South region—which covers a broad 16-state area from Texas to Florida to Maryland—added 1.3 million new residents, led by Texas and Florida who both added more than 400,000 new residents. This was the only region of the country with positive net domestic migration.

Table 1:  States with the largest numeric population gains in 2022
Rank State July 1, 2021 July 1, 2022 Numeric Growth
1 Texas 29,558,864 30,029,572 470,708
2 Florida 21,828,069 22,244,823 416,754
3 North Carolina 10,565,885 10,698,973 133,088
4 Georgia 10,788,029 10,912,876 124,847
5 Arizona 7,264,877 7,359,197 94,320
6 South Carolina 5,193,266 5,282,634 89,368
7 Tennessee 6,968,351 7,051,339 82,988
8 Washington 7,740,745 7,785,786 45,041
9 Utah 3,339,113 3,380,800 41,687
10 Idaho 1,904,314 1,939,033 34,719