Census data shows Nashville’s population rose by less than 1% in 2019 as residents flock to smaller cities

Census data shows Metro Nashville's population grew by just over 10% from 2010-19. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)
Census data shows Metro Nashville's population grew by just over 10% from 2010-19. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

Census data shows Metro Nashville's population grew by just over 10% from 2010-19. (Dylan Skye Aycock/Community Impact Newspaper)

New data for 2019 from the U.S. Census Bureau released May 20 shows the city of Nashville grew by just over 0.5% from 2018 to 2019, an increase of 3,814 residents.

The data, which includes population estimates for Metro Nashville only as opposed to the Greater Nashville area, also shows the area has grown by just over 10% from 2010-19, an increase of more than 66,000 people in the last ten years.

To compare, the state population also grew by less than 1% year over year, rising to an estimated 6.83 million residents in 2019.

Other large cities such as Knoxville and Chattanooga saw increases of less than 1% year over year from 2018-19, while Memphis saw a very slight decrease—less than 0.004%—in residents, according to census data.

While Tennessee’s large cities are seeing small gains in new residents, nearby smaller cities are seeing more rapid growth. Both Franklin and Murfreesboro were named to a census list of the 15 fastest-growing U.S. cites with populations of more than 50,000. In the past ten years, the city of Franklin has seen a 32.8% population increase, while Murfreesboro saw a 34.6% increase.


See a full list of the country’s fastest-growing cities below.

By Wendy Sturges
A Houston native and graduate of St. Edward's University in Austin, Wendy Sturges has worked as a community journalist covering local government, health care, business and development since 2011. She has worked with Community Impact since 2015 as a reporter and editor and moved to Tennessee in 2019.