Murfreesboro, Tennessee Population 2021

157,816
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Murfreesboro is a city located in Tennessee. With a 2020 population of 157,816, it is the 6th largest city in Tennessee and the 162nd largest city in the United States. Murfreesboro is currently growing at a rate of 3.58% annually and its population has increased by 45.11% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 108,755 in 2010. Murfreesboro reached it's highest population of 157,816 in 2021. Spanning over 62 miles, Murfreesboro has a population density of 2,557 people per square mile.

The average household income in Murfreesboro is $80,344 with a poverty rate of 14.53%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $1,052 per month, and the median house value is $238,000. The median age in Murfreesboro is 30.4 years, 29.4 years for males, and 31.3 years for females. For every 100 females there are 96.7 males.

Murfreesboro is a city located in the state of Tennessee. It is located in Rutherford County, where it is the county seat. Murfreesboro is the site of Middle Tennessee State University, one of the largest universities in the state, with a student population of over 22,000.

Murfreesboro was once named one of the best places to live in the country, and the population reflects this, as it has continuously grown since the city’s incorporation in the early 19th century.

Population Growth in Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro has seen its population grow at a rapid rate throughout its history. By 1950, more than 13,000 residents were living here. This number had doubled by 1970. Since 1910, growth rate percentages have been in the double digits and show no sign slowing down. Since the last census was taken in 2010, the population has already grown by over 21%, indicating that this city is well on its way to surpassing 200,000 residents in the near future.

Murfreesboro Demographics

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

  • White: 71.90%
  • Black or African American: 19.19%
  • Two or more races: 3.89%
  • Asian: 3.72%
  • Other race: 1.09%
  • Native American: 0.21%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Murfreesboro, Tennessee is 157,816, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 141,442.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 108,755.

Murfreesboro, Tennessee Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20211,993,50029,5901.48%
20201,963,91029,5901.51%
20191,934,32029,5901.53%
20181,904,73030,2101.59%
20171,874,52033,2301.77%
20161,841,29036,6201.99%
20151,804,67036,3202.01%
20141,768,35033,3401.89%
20131,735,01031,4001.81%
20121,703,61029,0801.71%
20111,674,53023,7001.42%
20101,650,8300.00%

Murfreesboro Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White98,04671.90%
Black or African American26,17219.19%
Two or More Races5,3103.89%
Asian5,0663.72%
Some Other Race1,4861.09%
American Indian and Alaska Native2860.21%
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Murfreesboro Population by Race

Murfreesboro Population Pyramid 2021

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Murfreesboro Median Age

30.4


Total

29.4


Male

31.3


Female

Murfreesboro Adults

There are 105,117 adults, (12,675 of whom are seniors) in Murfreesboro.

Murfreesboro Age Dependency

47.5

Age Dependency Ratio

13.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Murfreesboro Sex Ratio

Female

69,332

50.84%

Male

67,034

49.16%

Murfreesboro Population by Age

Murfreesboro Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Murfreesboro Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married73.3%26.7%
All52.3%47.7%
Female37.2%62.8%
Male36.9%63.1%
Non Family34.3%65.7%

52.3%

Rate of Home Ownership

Murfreesboro Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All50,1952.6352.3
Married22,4983.2273.3
Non Family18,9651.6134.3
Female6,4453.3537.2
Male2,2873.2936.9

3.17

Average Family Size

2.63

Average Household Size

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Murfreesboro Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,9482.38%
9th to 12th Grade3,8234.67%
High School Graduate18,00522.00%
Some College19,05523.28%
Associates Degree6,6638.14%
Bachelors Degree21,33526.07%
Graduate Degree11,01013.45%
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Murfreesboro Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Murfreesboro Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Total High School Bachelors
White58,41555,60524,017
Black14,11913,0365,268
Hispanic5,0153,5611,140
Asian3,1342,7611,522
Multiple Races1,5151,433536
Other Race951747126
Native American827348

The highest rate of high school graduation is among white people with a rate of 95.19%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among native american people with a rate of 58.54%.

Murfreesboro Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$40,073$45,666$35,740
Less Than High School$21,730$25,631$20,449
High School Grad$31,567$37,215$25,725
Some College$36,410$42,908$31,250
Bachelors Degree$47,536$58,395$40,732
Graduate Degree$60,653$70,878$53,720

$40,073

Average Earnings

$45,666

Average Male

$35,740

Average Female

Murfreesboro Earnings by Educational Attainment

Murfreesboro Language by Age

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Murfreesboro Language

89.91% of Murfreesboro residents speak only English, while 10.09% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.66% of the population.

Murfreesboro Language

Murfreesboro Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White88,32010,27211.63%
Black24,7294,62918.72%
Hispanic9,4672,55226.96%
Multiple5,1651,09021.10%
Asian4,94682316.64%
Other1,46221914.98%

14.53%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.92%

Male Poverty Rate

15.11%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Murfreesboro

The race most likely to be in poverty in Murfreesboro is Hispanic, with 26.96% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Murfreesboro is White, with 11.63% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.82%. Among those working part-time, it was 25.45%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 20.85%.

Murfreesboro Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than High School28.84%
High School12.89%
Some College7.65%
Bachelors or Greater5.60%

Murfreesboro Poverty Rate by Education

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Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.75%
Male Unemployed29.64%
Female Employed10.70%
Male Employed8.75%

Murfreesboro Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Murfreesboro Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$62,003$80,344
Families$79,743$97,419
Married Families$95,370$114,878
Non Families$38,948$49,644
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Income by Household Type

Murfreesboro Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

43.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

45.5%

Male Marriage Rate

42.2%

Female Marriage Rate

Murfreesboro Married by Age and Sex

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Murfreesboro Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Murfreesboro Marital Status by Race

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Murfreesboro Marital Status

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6,566

Number of Veterans

5,867

Male Veterans

699

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War1,895
Vietnam1,889
First Gulf War1,789
Korea329
World War II97

Murfreesboro Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 542,064
65 to 741,444
55 to 641,226
18 to 341,056
75+776

Murfreesboro Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White5,5197.12%
Black8294.15%
Hispanic3144.83%
2 or More1325.17%
Asian862.38%

Murfreesboro Veterans by Race

Murfreesboro Veterans by Education

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3.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

23.51%

Veteran Disability Rate

Murfreesboro Veterans by Education

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71.8%

Labor Force Participation

67.9%

Employment Rate

5.1%

Unemployment Rate

Murfreesboro Employment by Age

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Murfreesboro Employment by Race

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Murfreesboro Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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52.52%

Born in Tennessee

93.16%

Native Born

6.84%

Foreign Born

4.16%

Non Citizen

2.68%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

93.16% of Murfreesboro residents were born in the United States, with 52.52% having been born in Tennessee. 4.16% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Murfreesboro Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021157,8165,4583.58%
2020152,3585,4583.72%
2019146,9005,4583.86%
2018141,4425,2253.84%
2017136,2174,8083.66%
2016131,4095,4514.33%
2015125,9585,1504.26%
2014120,8083,7663.22%
2013117,0422,9012.54%
2012114,1412,2402.00%
2011111,9012,3292.13%
2010109,57240,7564.76%
200068,81623,8944.36%
199044,92212,0773.18%
198032,8456,4852.22%
197026,3607,3693.33%
196018,9915,9393.82%
195013,0523,5573.23%
19409,4951,5021.74%
19307,9932,6264.06%
19205,3676881.38%
19104,6796801.58%
19003,9992600.67%
18903,739-61-0.16%
18803,8002980.82%
18703,5026412.04%
18602,8610.00%

Murfreesboro Population by Year