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The 2000 Census showed that Carter County had a population of 56,742 people. This represented 1% of the total population of Tennessee, making it the state's 21st most populous county (out of 95 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Carter had a population of 59,043 people. This is an increase of 4.06% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201057,424+1.2%-2.74% since 2009
200959,043+4.06%-0.22% since 2008
200859,172+4.28%+0.4% since 2007
200658,956+3.9%+0.49% since 2005
200558,666+3.39%+0.43% since 2004
200458,412+2.94%+0.26% since 2003
200358,260+2.68%+2.52% since 2002
200156,875+0.23%+0.23% since 2000
200056,742The Last Census

Carter County had 25,920 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Carter County has a total area<3> of 347.6 square miles [900 km²]. Of this total, 341 square miles [883 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.89%) being water (6.57 square miles [17.02 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Carter County had a population density of 166.4 people per square mile [64.2 people/km²], making it the state's 16th most densely populated county (out of 95 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Carter County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Carter and the state of Tennessee.

Click here for the Carter County QuickFact (QF-47019).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Carter County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Avery (NC)QF-37011   SE17,93217,1674.46%
Mitchell (NC)QF-37121   S15,63415,687-0.34%
JohnsonQF-47091   NE18,00617,4992.9%
SullivanQF-47163   NW154,552153,0480.98%
UnicoiQF-47171   SW17,74017,6670.41%
WashingtonQF-47179   W120,598107,19812.5%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Carter. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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