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January 31, 2008

Tennessee Snapshot

Tennessee in Focus: Census Bureau Pre-Primary Snapshot

As one of the 24 states holding “Super Tuesday” presidential primaries or caucuses on Feb. 5, Tennessee’s 2007 population of about 6 million includes a higher percentage of the non-Hispanic white alone population, a higher percentage of blacks, and a lower percentage of Hispanics than the nation as a whole, according to U.S. Census Bureau statistics.

About 55 percent of Tennessee’s voting-age citizens cast a ballot in the 2004 general election, below than the national rate of 64 percent.

These and other statistics about Tennessee’s population at the state and local levels on topics ranging from language spoken to commute times can be found in the American FactFinder section of the Census Bureau Web site <http://factfinder.census.gov/>. More information about the nation’s voting record can be found in Voting and Registration in the Election of November 2004 at <http://www.census.gov/population/www/socdemo/voting.html>.

Highlights include the following:

Selected Characteristics Tennessee U.S.
Median age 37.1 36.4
Women 51.1% 50.7%
White alone, not Hispanic or Latino 77.5% 66.4%
Black alone 16.9% 12.8%
Hispanic or Latino 3.2% 14.8%
Median household income $40,315 $48,451
Foreign born 3.9% 12.5%
Persons below poverty 16.2% 13.3%
Bachelor’s degree or higher (age 25+) 21.7% 27.0%
Median home value $123,100 $185,200

Source: U.S. Census Bureau Total Population Estimates (2007), State Population Estimates by Characteristics (2006), American Community Survey (2006).