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The 2000 Census showed that Rhea County had a population of 28,400 people. This represented 0.5% of the total population of Tennessee, making it the state's 50th most populous county (out of 95 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Rhea had a population of 31,516 people. This is an increase of 10.97% 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
201031,809+12%+0.93% since 2009
200931,516+10.97%+1.44% since 2008
200831,069+9.4%+1.65% since 2007
200730,565+7.62%+1.04% since 2006
200630,249+6.51%+1.63% since 2005
200529,764+4.8%+1.38% since 2004
200429,358+3.37%+0.62% since 2003
200329,178+2.74%+1.21% since 2002
200228,829+1.51%+0.88% since 2001
200128,578+0.63%+0.63% since 2000
200028,400The Last Census

Rhea County had 12,565 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Rhea County has a total area<3> of 336.4 square miles [871 km²]. Of this total, 315.9 square miles [818 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (6.08%) being water (20.45 square miles [53 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Rhea County had a population density of 89.9 people per square mile [34.71 people/km²], making it the state's 32nd 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 Rhea County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Rhea and the state of Tennessee.

Click here for the Rhea County QuickFact (QF-47143).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Rhea County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BledsoeQF-47007   W12,96712,3674.85%
BradleyQF-47011   S97,71087,96511.08%
CumberlandQF-47035   N54,10946,80215.61%
MeigsQF-47121   SE12,10811,0869.22%
RoaneQF-47145   NE53,50851,9103.08%

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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 Rhea. 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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