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The 2000 Census showed that Rutherford County had a population of 182,023 people. This represented 3.2% of the total population of Tennessee, making it the state's 5th most populous county (out of 95 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Rutherford had a population of 257,048 people. This is an increase of 41.22% 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
2010262,604+44.27%+2.16% since 2009
2009257,048+41.22%+2.67% since 2008
2008250,366+37.55%+3.45% since 2007
2007242,005+32.95%+4.53% since 2006
2006231,510+27.19%+5.24% since 2005
2005219,976+20.85%+4.37% since 2004
2004210,774+15.8%+4% since 2003
2003202,672+11.34%+3.37% since 2002
2002196,074+7.72%+3.37% since 2001
2001189,690+4.21%+4.21% since 2000
2000182,023The Last Census

Rutherford County had 70,616 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Rutherford County has a total area<3> of 623 square miles [1,615 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (5.03 square miles [13.02 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Rutherford County had a population density of 294.1 people per square mile [113.6 people/km²], making it the state's 8th 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 Rutherford County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Rutherford and the state of Tennessee.

Click here for the Rutherford County QuickFact (QF-47149).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
La VergneQF-474120030,86218,68765.15%

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BedfordQF-47003   S45,94737,58622.24%
CannonQF-47015   E13,86012,8268.06%
CoffeeQF-47031   SE52,52148,0149.39%
DavidsonQF-47037   NW635,710569,89111.55%
MarshallQF-47117   SW30,27926,76713.12%
WilliamsonQF-47187   W176,838126,63839.64%
WilsonQF-47189   N112,37788,80926.54%

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Census QuickFact for Rutherford County

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 Rutherford. 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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