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We sat down with Gregg Robinson, former UT graduate, Boyd Center researcher and U.S. Census Bureau demographer to discuss the Tennessee population projections he helped author fifty year ago. He discusses his distinguished career at the bureau and 2020 Census outcomes.


Several recent articles from U.S. Census Bureau researchers highlighted some important population and demographic trends across the country. We took a closer look at a few of these articles and recap what they can tell us about the state of Tennessee.


The growth of adult population statewide was strong in 2021, but Tennessee’s two largest counties both saw population declines among people under age 65. We took at look at the last year of population change and how it varied by age across the state.


Spring Hill, located 30 miles south of Nashville, had the 10th largest percentage increase among U.S. cities in 2021. New Census Bureau data for the state’s 345 cities and towns showed strong growth for many of the state’s municipalities.


Did Nashville lose population last year? 2021 Population Estimate data from the US Census Bureau show that Davidson County, which is centered in fast-growing Middle Tennessee, ceded some of the 90,000 people it gained between 2010 and 2020. We take a close look at the numbers.


Tennessee could grow by nearly a million people over the next 20 years and reach a total population of 7.87 million by 2040. New Boyd Center Population Projections for the state’s 95 counties are now available.


A new TNSDC web application shows that Tennessee’s 2020 center of population remains located near Murfreesboro in the middle part of the state following the release of updated calculations from the U.S. Census Bureau. Locations for all US states and counties from 2000 to 2020 are featured in the just released site.


New 2020 Census data shows that the Tennessee is more diverse than it was ten year ago. Both changing demographics and new processing methods used by the Census Bureau are behind the change. We took a look at the new data and explain the trends.


Population projections for Tennessee’s 345 cities and towns aren’t readily available. So we leveraged the Boyd Center’s county-level population projections and Census Bureau estimates to create a simple approach that can be replicated by communities across the state.


The short-term health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are fairly clear, but the effects on population migration are not. Some recent reports begin to provide insight into the effect on Tennessee migration trends.