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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

2022 Population Estimates Show Big Cities on the Move in Tennessee May 18, 2023 - If 2021 was the year of the small city, 2022 was the year of the large metro in Tennessee. The state's biggest communities lead population increases last year. We dig in on the new Vintage 2022 Population Estimates for cities and towns released on May 18th.
2022 County Population Estimates: Most Metros Swell, Rural Tennessee Counties See Upswing April 5, 2023 - Most Tennessee counties had a population increase last year. Record levels of domestic migration have even slowed rural population losses. We took a closer look at where the big changes were in 2022 and how the numbers look across the rest of the state.
Breaking Down the 2022 Population Estimates: What Drove Tennessee’s Big Gain Last Year? March 14, 2023 - The southern U.S. saw big population gains last year and so did Tennessee. 81,646 more people moved into the state than moved out of it - a record-level of domestic net migration.