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VOL. 35 | NO. 10 | Friday, March 11, 2011




2010 census finds Tenn. becoming more diverse

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NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee is becoming more diverse. Results released Wednesday from the 2010 census found that whites still make up 77.6 percent of the population, but that's down from 80.2 percent in 2000.

And some of those whites are Latinos, who can be of any race and whose population increased by 134.2 percent over the past decade, bringing it to 290,059. That means Latinos now make up 4.6 percent of the state's overall population of 6.3 million.

Blacks account for 16.7 percent of Tennesseans, a 13.3 percent increase that brings that population to a little over a million.

Some much smaller populations saw big increases in terms of percentages. For instance, only 91,242 Tennesseans identified as Asian on the 2010 census, putting them at 1.4 percent of the population. But that's a 61 percent increase over 2000.

Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islanders increased by 65.2 percent but are less than one percent of Tennesseans, with only 3,642.

Those identifying as "some other race" increased by 153.3 percent to 141,955. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2000 census found that many people identifying with this category were Latinos. Those who identified themselves as being of two or more races rose 74.3 percent to 110,009.

Wednesday's data also looked at the state's largest population centers.

Memphis was the only one of Tennessee's 20 largest cities to lose people since 2000. The city lost 0.5 percent of its population, shrinking to 646,889. That makes it only slightly larger than the state's second largest city. The population of Nashville/Davidson County grew by 10 percent to 626,681.

However, Shelby County grew by 3.4 percent to give it a population of 927,644.

Of the state's 20 most populous counties, the three fastest growing are adjacent to Davidson. Williamson County grew by 44.7 percent and Rutherford was just behind it with 44.3 percent growth. Wilson increased by 28.4 percent.

Montgomery County, home to much of Fort Campbell, increased by 27.9 percent.

The fastest growing of the 20 most populous cities were also around Nashville. LaVergne grew by 74.4 percent, Brentwood grew by 58.1 percent, Murfreesboro grew by 58.0 percent, Smyrna grew by 56.3 percent and Franklin grew by 49.3 percent.

The other two cities with higher than 30 percent growth were outside of Memphis. Collierville grew by 37.9 percent and Bartlett grew by 34.7 percent.

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