Tennessee Population 2016

Situated in the South Eastern sector of the United States, Tennessee is only the 36th largest state in the country but it is the 17th most densely populated. Despite its size, it is only the 21st most densely populated state in the country. The current estimated population for 2013 is 6,512,027, up from 6.34 million at the 2010 Census. Tennessee currently has a growth rate of 0.86%, which ranks 23rd in the country.

Tennessee Population 2014

If you’re looking for the population of any US state in 2013 you have to go back to the last nationwide census which was carried out in 2010. At the time it was confirmed that the state’s population stood at 6,346,105. That’s a rise of 11.5% on the statistics from the previous census, in 2000.

It's estimated that the population has grown even further to 6,512,027 in 2013, which pushes it past 6.5 million for the first time.

For a breakdown of which Tennessee counties’ population are increasing, and which are decreasing, take a look at our interactive map. Read on for more information about the Tennessee Population in 2013, or head across to our US population summary for more information about demographic changes around the country.

Tennessee Population Density

Although relatively small in terms of numbers, Tennessee provides some interesting statistics in relation to population density. This is a relatively small area that covers 42,143 square miles (109,247 square kilometers) but for every square mile of Tennessee turf, there is an average of 155 people living here, making Tennessee the 17th most densely populated state in the entire country.

You can see the largest cities in Tennessee on the map – they’re the red blotches. The largest city in Tennessee is Memphis in the far east of the state, home to 662,897 people at the time of the 2010 census. The second largest, in the middle of the state, is Nashville, which had 626,681 residents in 2010. Nashville’s metropolitan area popualtion is larger than the Memphis metropolitan area’s though – 1,589,934 people in Nashville compared to 1,316,100 in Memphis.

Tennessee Demographics

According to the 2010 Census, the racial breakdown of Tennessee was:

  • 77.6% White (75.6% non-Hispanic)
  • 16.7% African American or Black
  • 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native
  • 1.4% Asian American
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander
  • 1.7% Multiracial
  • 3.6% Other
  • 4.6% Hispanic or Latino of any race

The most common ancestries include: American (17.3%), African American (13%), Irish (9.3%), English (9.1%) and German (8.3%). It's estimated that about one quarter of the residents are of predominantly English ancestry, though.

Tennessee Population History

Way back in 1790, it was reported that the population of Tennessee was just 35,691 but like most areas in this part of the world, a population explosion was just over the horizon. Just ten years later, at the start of the 19th century, numbers here had grown by nearly 200% to 105,602.

That was by far the biggest spike in the Tennessee population but sustained increases throughout the 1800’s meant that by the time the 20th century rolled in, the number of people who lived in Tennessee had just crept over the two million mark.

The 1900’s showed a similar pattern of overall growth and that has continued to the present day where the Tennessee population in 2013 has finally surpassed 6.5 million.

Tennessee Population Growth

Figures relating to the natural growth patterns within Tennessee were released in 2006 and they showed that in the six years since the previous census, numbers had increased by 142,266 due to 493,881 births minus 351,615 deaths, and in addition, there had been a rise of 219,551 due to net migration.

There are no reasons to suggest that healthy rises won’t continue for the foreseeable future. It's projected that Tennessee's population will surpass 6.86 million by the 2020 Census and finally pass that 7 million mark before 2025.

Population Data via US Census