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Estimates and Projections

Past, current or projected population for Tennessee – we have you covered.

The current population of cities and counties in Tennessee is updated annually by the U.S. Census Bureau. Tennessee’s population projection through 2070, is updated every two years and is available for free download.

Tennessee Population Projections

We provide single-year population projections for each county in Tennessee by race, age and sex for each year from 2021 to 2070. The projections are produced by the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at the University of Tennessee and disseminated by the Tennessee State Data Center.



Current population of Tennessee Cities and Counties

Each year, the Census Bureau’s Population Estimates Program utilizes current data on births, deaths and migration to calculate population change since the most recent decennial census. Data are available for the state, counties and all Tennessee municipalities.



Population Data in the News


Other Recent Population Updates

Tennessee Could Add Nearly 1 Million New Residents by 2040 March 9, 2022 - 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.
Net Migration Surge Boosts Tennessee Population in 2021; Natural Change Negative January 18, 2022 - 2021 was one of the most dynamic years in population change in recent history. New data shows Tennessee's population grew in 2021. Record net gains from domestic migration were offset by a rise in deaths and drop in births. We break down the early numbers.
Impact of COVID-19 on Population Migration Remains Unclear February 9, 2021 - 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.