I. Geography & Demographics VI.  County Government Finance
II. Income & Poverty VII.  Public Infrastructure Needs Inventory
III.  Health & Healthcare VIII.  Adult & Post-secondary Education
IV.  Employment IX.  Public School Systems
V.  Value of Farmland & Agricultural Products Sold
Rutherford County, Tennessee
Selected Statistical Information
I.  Geography & Demographics
        Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank*
Percent of State Total
Total Land Area (sq. mi.) 41,217 619 8th  1.5%
Farmland (2007)            
Acres of Farmland (2007) 10,969,798 164,411  22nd   1.5%
Acres of Farmland (1992) 11,169,086 200,097  15th   1.8%
Number of Farms (2007) 79,280 1,525  11th   1.9%
Average Size of Farms (Acres, 2007) 138 108  67th  
Population            
2011 American Community Survey 6,297,991 257,657 5th  4.1%
2000 Census 5,689,283 182,023 5th  3.2%
1990 Census 4,877,203 118,570 6th  2.4%
Population Change (2000 to 2011) 608,708 75,634 1st  12.4%
% Growth (2000 to 2011) 10.7% 41.6% 2nd 
Population Density (per sq. mi.)     Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank
Comparison to State Figure
2011 American Community Survey 153              416 5th  272.5%
2000 Census 138              294 8th  213.1%
1990 Census 118              192 11th  161.9%
Urban Population           Percent of State Total
2010 Census 4,213,245 217,905 5th  5.2%
2000 Census 3,618,968 137,004 5th  3.8%
1990 Census 2,969,948 65,963 7th  2.2%
% Growth (2000 to 2010) 16.4% 59.1% 4th 
% Growth (1990 to 2000) 21.9% 107.7% 7th 
Percent of Population in Urban Areas           Percentage Point Difference
2010 Census 66.4% 83.0% 5th  16.6%
2000 Census 63.6% 75.3% 5th  11.7%
1990 Census 60.9% 55.6% 12th  -5.3%
Median Age            
2010 Census 38 32 94th 
2000 Census 36 31 94th 
Note: A rank of 1 indicates oldest.
Population Percentages by Age Bracket     Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank
Percentage Point Difference
2010 Census
under 18 23.6% 26.2% 6th  2.6%
18-24 9.6% 12.4% 5th  2.8%
25-44 26.4% 30.2% 4th  3.8%
45-64 27.0% 23.0% 94th  -4.0%
65 & over 13.4% 8.2% 94th  -5.2%
2000 Census
under 18 24.6% 26.4% 9th  1.8%
18-24 9.6% 13.2% 5th  3.5%
25-44 30.2% 33.5% 5th  3.3%
45-64 23.2% 19.4% 94th  -3.8%
65 & over 12.4% 7.5% 95th  -4.9%
Population Growth by Age Bracket, 2000 (Census) to 2010 (Census)        
Population Percentages by Race/Ethnicity (2010 Census)          
        Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank
Comparison to State Figure
Males per 100 Females (2011) 95.1 97.9 32nd  102.9%
Marriages Recorded per 1,000 Population in 2011 9.0 6.7 72nd  74.4%
Divorces Recorded per 1,000 Population in 2011 4.3 4.8 61st  111.6%
*Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
II. Income and Poverty
Per Capita Personal Income     Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank*
Comparison to State Figure
2011 $36,567 $32,404 25th  88.6%
2000 $26,689 $27,067 8th  101.4%
Compound Annual Growth Rate 2.90% 1.65% 93rd 
Median Household Income            
2011 $43,989 $54,433 5th  123.7%
2000 $35,760 $47,801 3rd  133.7%
Compound Annual Growth Rate 1.90% 1.19% 62nd 
2011 Poverty Rate           Percentage Point Difference
All Ages 18.4% 12.1% 4th  -6.30%
Related Children Under 18 Years  26.5% 15.9% 2nd  -10.60%
2000 Poverty Rate            
All Ages  13.5% 9.0% 5th  -4.49%
Related Children Under 18 Years 17.6% 8.5% 4th  -9.09%
2012 Food Stamp Recipients (Monthly Average )          
Percent of Occupied Households 26.4% 19.5% 9th  -6.96%
Percent of Individuals 21.1% 15.4% 8th  -5.66%
2012 Families First (Monthly Average)            
Percent of Occupied Households 2.5% 1.32% 20th  -1.22%
Percent of Individuals 2.6% 1.16% 20th  -1.40%
*Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
III. Health & Healthcare
2011 Pregnancy & Birth Rates      Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank*
Comparison to State Figure
Live births per 1,000 Population 12.4             13.6 45th 109.7%
Percent of Live Births to Unmarried Parents 44.1% 36.1% 16th 81.9%
Percent Low Birth Weight 9.0% 7.8% 21st 86.7%
Pregnancies per 1,000 Females Aged 15-44               72.1             67.0 44th 92.9%
Pregnancies per 1,000 Females Aged 10-17                8.9               6.3 15th 70.8%
Pregnancies per 1,000 Females Aged 10-14                0.7               0.2  2nd 28.6%
* Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
2011 Mortality Rates      Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank*
Comparison to State Figure
Number of Deaths per 1,000 Population                9.4               5.9   3rd  62.8%
Number of Deaths per 100,000 Population by Cause of Death
Diseases of the Heart             221.0            133.1  3rd 60.2%
Cancer (Malignant Neoplasm)             210.2            137.6  3rd 65.5%
Diabetes               27.1             15.6  7th 57.6%
* Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
11th
 4th
Access to Healthcare     Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank
Comparison to State Figure
Medical Doctors per 1,000 (2010) 2.4 1.4 18th  56.6%
Medical Doctors per 1,000 (2007) 1.8 1.2 20th  67.0%
Hospital Beds per 1,000 Population (2010) 3.6 1.5 61st  42.2%
Hospital Beds per 1,000 Population (2008) 4.2 1.5 62nd  35.7%
Nursing Home Beds per 1,000 Pop. 65 & older (2011) 44.8 44.3 53rd  99.0%
Nursing Home Beds per 1,000 Pop. 65 & older (2008) 46.0 45.7 55th  99.2%
              Percentage Point Difference
2010 Charity Care--Percent of All Hospital Care 10.4% 3.5% 37th  -6.9%
2008 Charity Care--Percent of All Hospital Care  9.4% 6.0% 24th  -3.4%
IV. Employment
Unemployment Rate     Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank*
Percentage Point Difference
2013 (June) 8.8% 12.9% 91st  4.1%
2012 (June) 8.6% 12.8% 91st  4.2%
2012 Youth Unemployment Rate (annual) 24.6% 24.6% 45th  0.0%
2000 Youth Unemployment Rate (annual) 12.0% 9.4% 16th  -2.7%
* Note: A rank of 1 indicates the best condition.
2011 Employment Percentages by Major Industry   Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank
Percent of State Total
Total Employment Top Industries 2,602,604 96,766 5th  3.7%
Manufacturing 11.7% 19.9% 4th  6.3%
Retail Trade 11.9% 12.3% 6th  3.8%
Accommodation and Food Services 9.1% 9.8% 6th  4.0%
Health Care and Social Assistance 12.7% 8.7% 8th  2.6%
Administrative and Support and Waste Management and Remediation Services 7.1% 7.7% 5th  4.1%
Transportation and Warehousing 4.9% 4.4% 5th  3.3%
Wholesale Trade 4.5% 3.8% 5th  3.2%
Construction 4.0% 3.3% 8th  3.0%
Finance and Insurance 3.9% 3.2% 6th  3.1%
Information 1.7% 2.8% 5th  6.3%
Federal Government 1.9% 2.7% 5th  5.2%
Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services 4.2% 2.3% 9th  2.0%
Other Services (except Public Administration) 2.7% 2.0% 7th  2.9%
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing 1.2% 1.1% 6th  3.4%
*Note: Percentages for counties may not total to 100%. 
This table shows the top industries in the county, not all industries.
2011 Average Annual Wage by Major Industry         County
Rank
13th 
7th 
24th 
6th 
5th 
9th 
13th 
10th 
14th 
11th 
10th 
20th 
10th 
13th 
23rd 
V.  Value of Farmland and Agricultural Products Sold
2007 Estimates     Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank
Comparison to State Figure
Market Value of Farmland & Buildings (Average Per Farm) $467,420 $493,027 26th  105.5%
Market Value of Farmland & Buildings (Average Per Acre) $3,378 $4,573 16th  135.4%
Total Market Value of Agricultural Products Sold  $2,617,394,000 $24,460,000 41st  0.9%
Per Capita Value of Agricultural Products Sold $424 $101 86th  23.8%
VI. County Government Finance (municipalities' revenue data not available)*
Fiscal Year 2011 Revenue by Source (in thousands)   Tennessee Percent of Tennessee Revenue Rutherford County Percent of County Revenue
Grand Total  $      7,377,794 100.0%  $   545,402 100.0%
Total State Revenue  $      2,705,115 36.7%  $   163,689 30.0%
Public Schools**          2,360,751 32.0%  $   153,732 28.2%
All Other             344,365 4.7%           9,957 1.8%
Federal Revenue***  $         747,424 10.1%  $     35,040 6.4%
Total Local Revenue  $      3,925,254 53.2%  $   346,674 63.6%
Property Tax          1,820,442 24.7%       157,234 28.8%
Local Sales Tax††             859,716 11.7%         46,012 8.4%
Other Local           1,245,096 16.9%       143,428 26.3%
*Davidson, Gibson, Hamilton, Knox, McMinn, Shelby and Washington County Audits not available as of July 1, 2012
**State revenue for County School Districts Only
***Includes federal revenue through state and direct federal revenue.
Includes county property tax support for city and/or special school districts.
††Includes local option sales tax support for city and/or special school districts.
Includes all other local taxes, licenses and permits, fees and fines, and charges for current services.
 Tax Base      Tennessee Rutherford County County
Rank
Percent of State Total
2011 Equalized Assessed Property Value (in thousands) $144,184,673 $6,097,873 6th  4.2%
Tax Base Per Capita $22,894 $23,667 19th 
2011 County Property Tax Rate (per $100) $2.47 29th 
2011 Total Taxable Sales (in thousands) $66,377,563 $2,746,295 6th  4.1%
Tax Base Per Capita $10,539 $10,659 12th 
2011 County Sales Tax Rate 2.75% 1st 
VII.  Public Infrastructure Needs Inventory 
Estimated Costs, 2011 - 2016 (in thousands)     Tennessee Rutherford County County
 Rank
Percent of State Total
Project  Type
Post-secondary Education & Preschools  $   3,545,708  $    424,733 3rd 11.98%
Transportation     20,029,354        371,161 12th 1.85%
Water and Wastewater       4,110,530        317,349 2nd 7.72%
New Public Schools       1,604,136        148,950 4th 9.29%
Recreation         942,863          71,728 4th 7.61%
Law Enforcement       1,157,059          61,000 5th 5.27%
Public Buildings         393,884          34,015 4th 8.64%
Existing School Improvements       1,990,971          20,500 17th 1.03%
Business District Development         971,261            3,850 9th 0.40%
Fire Protection         170,402            3,250 12th 1.91%
Other Utilities         172,131            2,300 15th 1.34%
Community Development         455,079              634 30th 0.14%
School System-wide           73,995              180 12th 0.24%
Public Health Facilities         426,158                   - - -
Libraries, Museums, and Historic Sites         312,533                   - - -
Storm Water         285,963                   - - -
Industrial Sites and Parks         247,230                   - - -
Other Facilities           95,026                   - - -
Solid Waste           33,518                   - - -
Telecommunications           19,300                   - - -
Housing           14,800                   - - -
Property Acquisition                    -                   - - -
Grand Total  $ 37,051,902  $  1,459,651 5th 3.94%
VIII.  Adult & Post-secondary Education
Adult Educational Attainment (Persons 25 years and over)   Tennessee Rutherford County County
 Rank
Percentage Point Difference
2007-2011 American Community Survey 
Percent w/ HS diploma (or equivalent) or better 83.2% 88.8% 4th  5.6%
Percent w/ Bachelors Degree or better 23.0% 27.0% 7th  4.0%
2000 Census
Percent w/ HS diploma (or equivalent) or better 75.9% 81.8% 4th  5.9%
Percent w/ Bachelors Degree or better 19.6% 22.9% 6th  3.3%
1990 Census
Percent w/ HS diploma (or equivalent) or better 67.1% 73.9% 6th  6.8%
Percent w/ Bachelors Degree or better 16.0% 18.7% 7th  2.7%
*Note: Percentages do not add to 100%
because categories are not mutually exclusive.
*Note: 2011 educational attainment data not yet available. 
 Number of Post-secondary Institutions (Fall 2011)     Tennessee Rutherford County    
Four-year Colleges and Universities 55 1
Public 10 1
Private 45 0
Other Institutions 508 13
Two-Year Public (Community Colleges) 13 0
Two-Year Private Institutions 4 0
Technology Centers 26 1
Off-Campus Centers 41 0
Off-Campus Sites 424 12
Enrollment at Post-secondary Institutions (Fall 2011)            
Four-year Colleges and Universities         217,861 26,322
Public         138,811 26,322
Private           79,050 0
Other Institutions         139,347 2,368  
Two-Year Public (Community Colleges)           74,548 0  
Two-Year Private Institutions             1,684 0  
Technology Centers           10,710 357  
Off-Campus Centers           25,174 0  
Off-Campus Sites           27,231 2,011
IX.  Public School Systems (Total number of school systems in Tennessee is 136)
        Statewide Rutherford County Murfreesboro City        
Number of Students
2011-2012 950,547 38,645 7,069
System Rank for Students 6th  28th 
Percent of Statewide 4.1% 0.7%        
2000-2001 896,556 25,793 5,699
System Rank for Students 6th  38th 
Percent of Statewide 2.9% 0.6%        
Increase/(Decrease) 53,991          12,852            1,371                
Percent Change 6.0% 49.8% 24.1%        
2011-2012    
Free or Reduced-price Meals 60.9% 43.5% 53.2%
Federal Title 1 58.0% 15.4% 65.3%
Special Education 11.4% 13.4% 12.9%
English Language Learners 3.8% 0.1% 0.1%
        Statewide Rutherford County Murfreesboro City        
2011 Accreditation by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Elementary Schools 57.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Secondary Schools 90.7% 100.0% NA
                     
Students per Classroom Teacher*
2011-12 14.7 15.3               13.6            
System Rank for Students/Classroom Teacher 112nd   37th              
2000-2001 15.8 15.6               15.1            
System Rank for Students/Classroom Teacher 78th   45th              
Increase/(Decrease)             (1)                  (0)                  (1)                
*Note: Classroom teachers include art, music and physical education teachers.  Because these auxiliary teachers are
included, ratios of students to classroom teachers do not represent and tend to be lower than actual class sizes.
        Statewide Rutherford County Murfreesboro City        
Progress Through School
Promotion Rate
2011-2012 98.4% 98.8% 99.3%
1999-2000 96.8% 98.0% 98.0%
Dropout Rate
2011-2012 6.9% 3.4% n/a
1999-2000 14.4% 16.1% n/a
*Note: DOE did not update the Cohort Drop Out Rate
        Statewide Rutherford County Murfreesboro City        
Expenditures per Student
2011-2012 $8,551 $7,564 $8,705
System Rank for Expenditures per Student 103rd  37th 
Percent of Statewide 88.5% 101.8%        
2001-2002 $5,678 $5,478 $6,324
System Rank for Expenditures per Student 71st  21st 
Percent of Statewide 96.5% 111.4%        
Increase/Decrease $2,873 $2,086 $2,382        
Percent Change 50.6% 38.1% 37.7%        
                     
Classroom Teachers' Average Salary
2011-2012 $47,082 $45,713 $38,719
System Rank for Ave. Teacher Salary 28th  136th 
Percent of Statewide 97.1% 82.2%        
2000-2001 $37,431 $37,284 $38,672
System Rank for Ave. Teacher Salary 27th  19th 
Percent of Statewide 99.6% 103.3%        
Increase/(Decrease) $9,650 $8,429 $48
Percent Change 25.8% 22.6% 0.1%        
        Statewide Rutherford County Murfreesboro City         
Revenue by Source (percent of total)
2011-2012
Federal 14.5% 9.9% 11.8%  
State 46.3% 52.1% 46.8%
Local 39.2% 38.0% 41.4%        
System Rank for Percent Local 29th  24th         
2000-2001
Federal 9.5% 5.7% 7.3%
State 46.9% 50.9% 44.7%
Local 43.7% 43.4% 48.0%
System Rank for Percent Local 27th  19th         
        Statewide Rutherford County County
Rank
       
FY 2014 County Area Fiscal Capacity
Per Pupil Fiscal Capacity $3,079 $2,640 23rd 
Percent of Statewide Figure 85.7%
Sources of Information for County Profiles
I. Geography & Demographics
U.S. Bureau of the Census–all data except for marriage and divorce rates.
  www.census.gov
  U.S. Department of Agriculture–farmland data
  http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome
  http://www.agcensus.usda.gov
  TN Dept. of Health - marriage and divorce rates.
  http://health.tn.gov
II. Income & Poverty
U.S. Bureau of the Census–median household income data & poverty rates.
www.census.gov
TN Dept. of Human Services–Food Stamp data and Families First data.
http://www.tn.gov/foodstamps
http://tn.gov/humanserv/adfam/afs_tanf.html
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis–per capita income data
www.bea.gov
III. Health & Healthcare
TN Dept.of Health, Health Statistics & Research–pregnancy, births, mortality & healthcare access data.
http://health.tn.gov/statistics/healthdata.htm
IV. Employment
TN Dept. Of Labor and Workforce Development–unemployment data. 
http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/
U.S. Department of Labor–employment data.
www.bls.gov/lau/home.htm
V. Value of Farmland and Agricultural Product Sold
U.S. Department of Agriculture–farmland data
http://www.usda.gov/wps/portal/usdahome
VI. County Government Finance (municipalities' revenue data not available)
TN County Technical Advisory Service (CTAS), Resource Center–county revenue data.
www.ctas.utk.edu
TN Comptroller of the Treasury, Division of Property Assessment–equalized assessed property values.
http://www.comptroller.tn.gov/pa/taxaggr.asp
TN Dept. of Revenue–total taxable sales.
http://www.tn.gov/revenue/statistics/index.shtml
VII. Public Infrastructure Needs Inventory
TN Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations–all data. 
http://tn.gov/tacir/infrastructure.html
VIII. Adult & Post-secondary Education
U.S. Bureau of the Census–educational attainment.
www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/educ-attn.html
TN Higher Education Commission–post-secondary institution and enrollment data.
www.tn.gov/thec
IX. Public School Systems (Total number of school systems is 136)
TN Department of Education–all data except fiscal capacity.
http://www.tn.gov/education/reports_data.shtml
TN Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations–education fiscal capacity.
http://tn.gov/tacir/fiscalcapacity.html
Prepared by TACIR