Blount County, TN

County

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Population
128,443
1.03% 1-year growth
US Senator
Lamar Alexander
Republican Party
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
Median Age
43.4

Poverty Rate
11.7%

Median Household Income
$54,140
5.8% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$174,600
3.01% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
59,749
2.43% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Blount County, TN had a population of 128k people with a median age of 43.4 and a median household income of $54,140. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Blount County, TN grew from 127,135 to 128,443, a 1.03% increase and its median household income grew from $51,172 to $54,140, a 5.8% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Blount County, TN are White (Non-Hispanic) (91.2%), White (Hispanic) (2.81%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.57%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.86%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.758%). NaNk% of the people in Blount County, TN speak a non-English language, and 98.2% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Blount County, TN are Maryville College (242 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Blount County, TN is $174,600, and the homeownership rate is 75.1%. Most people in Blount County, TN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Blount County, TN is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Tennessee, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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Impact on Employment

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Tennessee (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Tennessee across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Tennessee went to Donald J. Trump with 71.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (23.2%), followed by Other (5.1%). The most partisan county was Wayne County, TN with 86% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn are the senators currently representing the state of Tennessee. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Blount County, TN is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Tennessee
71.7% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Tennessee
  1. 86% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 84.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Tennessee was Wayne County, TN with 86% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Tennessee colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Tennessee

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Lamar Alexander
Senator from Tennessee2
Assumed office on January 3, 2003
Marsha Blackburn
Senator from Tennessee1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019

Lamar Alexander and Marsha Blackburn are the senators currently representing Tennessee.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Tennessee over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Tennessee

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Blount County, TN have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Blount County, TN is home to a population of 128k people, from which 98.2% are citizens. As of 2018, 2.9% of Blount County, TN residents were born outside of the country (3.72k people).

In 2018, there were 32.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (117k people) in Blount County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.6k White (Hispanic) and 3.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Blount County, TN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    117k ± 17
  2. White (Hispanic)
    3.6k ± 255
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    3.3k ± 274
3.25%
Hispanic Population
4.18k people

In 2018, there were 32.5 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (117k people) in Blount County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.6k White (Hispanic) and 3.3k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.25% of the people in Blount County, TN are hispanic (4.18k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Blount County, TN as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.9%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
3.72k people
3.05%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
3.88k people

As of 2018, 2.9% of Blount County, TN residents (3.72k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Blount County, TN was 3.05%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Blount County, TN was 43.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Blount County, TN are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Blount County, TN residents was 43.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    92,263 ± 7,405 people
  2. India
    21,162 ± 3,566 people
  3. Guatemala
    12,669 ± 2,761 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 92,263 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 21,162 and Guatemala with 12,669.

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Citizenship

98.2%
2018 Citizenship
97.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 98.2% of Blount County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Blount County, TN was 97.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,687 ± 354
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,526 ± 286
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,479 ± 220

Blount County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.42 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Blount County, TN is $54,140. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Blount County, TN was Census Tract 116.05 with a value of $81,458, followed by Census Tract 111.02 and Census Tract 116.04, with respective values of $73,477 and $71,284.

Males in Tennessee have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,201. The income inequality in Tennessee (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Blount County, TN employs 59.7k people. The largest industries in Blount County, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,693 people), Manufacturing (8,055 people), and Retail Trade (7,377 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($58,641), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,271), and Information ($47,990).

Wages

Median Household Income

$54,140
2018 value
± $1,749
5.8%
1 Year Growth
± 4.41%

Households in Blount County, TN have a median annual income of $54,140, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,172 in 2017, which represents a 5.8% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Blount County, TN compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$57,961
Average Male Salary in Tennessee
± $1,374
$42,201
Average Female Salary in Tennessee
± $943

In 2017, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Tennessee
  1. Asian
    $53,011 ± $6,619
  2. White
    $46,471 ± $904
  3. American Indian
    $40,237 ± $11,516

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Tennessee.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Blount County, TN is from Tennessee.
0.466
2017 Wage GINI in Tennessee
0.465
2016 Wage GINI in Tennessee

In 2017, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.325% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Tennessee across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 116.05
  2. Census Tract 111.02
  3. Census Tract 116.04

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Blount County, TN was Census Tract 116.05 with a value of $81,458, followed by Census Tract 111.02 and Census Tract 116.04, with respective values of $73,477 and $71,284.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Blount County, TN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.7% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Blount County, TN (14.8k out of 126k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty
  1. White
    13,358 ± 851
  2. Hispanic
    1,100 ± 259
  3. Black
    581 ± 188

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Blount County, TN is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

59.7k
2018 Value
± 1,769
2.43%
1 Year growth
± 4.11%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Blount County, TN grew at a rate of 2.43%, from 58.3k employees to 59.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Blount County, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,990 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,922 people), and Management Occupations (4,674 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Blount County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Blount County, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,990 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,922 people), and Management Occupations (4,674 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Blount County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.36 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.34 times), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (1.28 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Blount County, TN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($73,008), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($72,917), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($68,951).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

59.7k
2018 Value
± 1,769
2.43%
1 Year growth
± 4.11%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Blount County, TN grew at a rate of 2.43%, from 58.3k employees to 59.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Blount County, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,693 people), Manufacturing (8,055 people), and Retail Trade (7,377 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Blount County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Blount County, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Blount County, TN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,693 people), Manufacturing (8,055 people), and Retail Trade (7,377 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Blount County, TN has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.34 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.2 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Blount County, TN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($58,641), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($54,271), and Information ($47,990).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $33.7B
  2. $31.1B
  3. $26.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $33.7B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($31.1B) and Mixed freight ($26.9B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Tennessee products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$333B
2015 Value in Tennessee
$525B
Projected 2045 Value in Tennessee
57.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Tennessee trade was $333B. This is expected to increase 57.7% to $525B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Tennessee trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $27.6B
  2. $17.3B
  3. $16.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Kentucky with $27.6B, followed by Texas with $17.3B and Georgia and $16.7B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Tennessee shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Education

In 2017, universities in Blount County, TN awarded 242 degrees. The student population of Blount County, TN is skewed towards women, with 541 male students and 640 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Blount County, TN are White (198 and 84.3%), followed by Black or African American (18 and 7.66%), Hispanic or Latino (11 and 4.68%), and Two or More Races (3 and 1.28%).

The largest universities in Blount County, TN by number of degrees awarded are Maryville College (242 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Blount County, TN are General Business Administration & Management (27 and 11.2%), Accounting & Finance (21 and 8.68%), and General Education (13 and 5.37%).

The median tuition costs in Blount County, TN are $33,402 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 27 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 21 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 13 degree-majorss awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Blount County, TN was General Business Administration & Management with 27 degree-majorss awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Blount County, TN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
242 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$33,402
Median Private

In 2017, the Blount County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Maryville College with 242 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

97
Degrees Awarded to Men
145
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 97 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Blount County, TN, which is 0.669 times less than the 145 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Blount County, TN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    198 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    18 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    11 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Blount County, TN were to White students. These 198 degrees mean that there were 11 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 18 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Blount County, TN was $174,600 in 2018, which is 0.76 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $169,500 to $174,600, a 3.01% increase. The homeownership rate in Blount County, TN is 75.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Blount County, TN have an average commute time of 23.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Blount County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$174,600
2018 Median
± $3,846
$169,500
2017 Median
± $3,113

In 2018, the median property value in Blount County, TN grew to to $174,600 from the previous year's value of $169,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Blount County, TN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blount County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$54,140
Median Household Income
± $1,749
50.2k
Number of Households
± 1,441

In 2018, the median household income of the 50.2k households in Blount County, TN grew to $54,140 from the previous year's value of $51,172.

The following chart displays the households in Blount County, TN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Blount County, TN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blount County, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.1%
2018 Homeownership
74.8%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 75.1% of the housing units in Blount County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Blount County, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Blount County, TN have a shorter commute time (23.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 1.6% of the workforce in Blount County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    86.7%
  2. Carpooled
    7.47%
  3. Worked At Home
    4.01%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Blount County, TN was Drove Alone (86.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (7.47%) and those who Worked At Home (4.01%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Blount County, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Blount County, TN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Health

91.2% of the population of Blount County, TN has health coverage, with 46.4% on employee plans, 14.4% on Medicaid, 14.6% on Medicare, 13.9% on non-group plans, and 1.97% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Tennessee was $7,372 in 2014. This is a 3.74% increase from the previous year ($7,106).

Primary care physicians in Blount County, TN see 1414 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.53% decrease from the previous year (1436 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1763 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 900 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.5%). Additionally, Hardeman County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,414 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Blount County, TN

Primary care physicians in Blount County, TN see an average of 1,414 patients per year. This represents a 1.53% decrease from the previous year (1,436 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Blount County, TN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.
State with the Highest Prevalence
  1. 8.26% of the population affected
  2. 8.13% of the population affected
  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.
Most prevalent states
  1. 19.2% of adults
  2. 17.9% of adults
  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Tennessee
$4,680
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$5,677
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,371
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Tennessee (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.74%, from $7,106 to $7,372.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

8.81%
Uninsured
46.4%
Employer Coverage
14.4%
Medicaid
14.6%
Medicare
13.9%
Non-Group
1.97%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Blount County, TN declined by 8.05% from 9.59% to 8.81%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Blount County, TN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.
Most at risk counties
  1. 17.5% prevalence
  2. 17% prevalence
  3. 16.8% prevalence

Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 17.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee by county over multiple years.

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