Central, Tennessee Population 2024

1,958

Central is a city located in Carter County, Unicoi County, and Washington County Tennessee. Central has a 2024 population of 1,958. Central is currently growing at a rate of 0.41% annually and its population has increased by 1.66% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,926 in 2020.

The average household income in Central is $49,670 with a poverty rate of 22.45%. The median age in Central is 54.7 years: 52.3 years for males, and 57.5 years for females.

Central Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Central was:

  • White: 97.63%
  • Two or more races: 1.34%
  • Other race: 1.03%
  • Black or African American: 0%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Asian: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
3.5 sq mi
Density (mi²)
555.90/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
1.66% (32)
The current population of Central, Tennessee is 1,958 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,926.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,89697.63%
Two or more races261.34%
Other race201.03%
Black or African American00%
Native American00%
Asian00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Two or more races

Other race

Black or African American

Native American

Asian

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Central Population by Race

Central Population Pyramid 2024

Central Median Age

54.7

Total

52.3

Male

57.5

Female

Central Adults

There are 1,716 adults, (524 of whom are seniors) in Central.

Central Age Dependency

62.9

Age Dependency Ratio

44

Old Age Dependency Ratio

19

Child Dependency Ratio

Central Sex Ratio

Female1,11257.26%
Male83042.74%

Central Population by Age

Central Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All9422.0677.722.3
Non Family4501.2674.425.6
Married4342.837921
Female582.5593.16.9
Male0000

2.8

Average Family Size

2.06

Average Household Size

77.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Central Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade392.62%
Associates Degree674.5%
Bachelors Degree17011.41%
Graduate Degree463.09%
High School Graduate50233.69%
Less Than 9th Grade1167.79%
Some College55036.91%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Central Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Central Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White1,4631,318212
Other Race20100
Hispanic20100
2+ Races774

The highest rate of high school graduation is among 2+ races people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among 2+ races people with a rate of 57.14%.

Central Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$0$71,750$0
Graduate Degree$49,167$0$49,167
High School Graduate$32,845$41,705$31,008
Less Than 9th Grade$0$0$0
Overall$39,583$44,205$34,712
Some College$45,750$46,875$44,338

$39,583

Average Earnings

$44,205

Average Male

$34,712

Average Female

Central Earnings by Educational Attainment

Central Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Central Language

97.96% of Central residents speak only English, while 2.04% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 1.05% of the population.

Central Language

Central Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,89641721.99%
Multiple261973.08%

22.45%

Overall Poverty Rate

23.37%

Male Poverty Rate

21.76%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Central

The race most likely to be in poverty in Central is Multiple, with 73.08% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Central is White, with 21.99% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 0%. Among those working part-time, it was 12.68%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 34%.

Central Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade49.68%
Bachelors or Greater44.44%
High School14.34%
Some College0%

Central Poverty Rate by Education

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Female Employed5.76%
Male Employed0%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Central Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Central Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$57,045$64,399
Households$38,690$49,670
Married Families$65,357$-999,999,999
Non Families$20,455$33,567

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Central Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

48.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

57.2%

Male Marriage Rate

42.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Central Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Central Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Central Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Central Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

89

Number of Veterans

66

Male Veterans

23

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Vietnam39
Second Gulf War30
First Gulf War19
Korea0
World War II0

Central Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
65 to 7439
55 to 6420
35 to 5419
18 to 3411
75+0

Central Veterans by Age

count

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White855.03%
2+ Races457.14%

Central Veterans by Race

Central Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

42.7%

Veteran Poverty Rate

22.47%

Veteran Disability Rate

Central Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

49.7%

Labor Force Participation

47.5%

Employment Rate

4.6%

Unemployment Rate

Central Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Central Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Central Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

62.51%

Born in Central

97.99%

Native Born

2.01%

Foreign Born

1.03%

Non Citizen

0.98%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

97.99% of Central residents were born in the United States, with 62.51% having been born in Tennessee. 1.03% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Central Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20241,95880.41%
20231,95080.41%
20221,942542.86%
20211,888-38-1.97%
20201,926-291-13.13%
20192,217-133-5.66%
20182,350662.89%
20172,284884.01%
20162,196-62-2.75%
20152,2581989.61%
20142,060-17-0.82%
20132,077804.01%
20121,997-80-3.85%
20112,077-202-8.86%
20102,27900%

Central Population by Year