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Hamilton County: By the numbers
by Mary Helen Miller
Wednesday, March 26, 2014    |   


• There are 345,545 people who live in Hamilton County, with an average of 2.5 people per household.

Sex and Age

• Our median age is 38.8, which is a little higher than the national average of 37.4. Twenty- one percent of the population is under 18, and 15 percent is over 65.

• There are more women than men in Hamilton County -- 52 percent of the population is female, while 48 percent is male.

Race and Ethnicity

• Seventy-two percent of the population is white, and 20 percent is black. Hispanics make up 5 percent of the population, and Asians make up 2 percent.

• Just over 5 percent of people were born in another country, and 6.6 percent of people speak a language other than English at home.


• The per capita income in Hamilton County is $27,091, which is about 10 percent higher than the per capita income in Tennessee.

• The median household income -- the point at which half of the households earn more and half earn less -- is $47,667.

• Fifteen percent of people in Hamilton County live below the poverty line, including 22 percent of children.

• The average worker in Hamilton County has a 21.8-minute commute. The most common form of transportation (83 percent) is driving alone.

Marriage and Fertility

• Of all people over 15 years old, 49 percent are married.

• Of women in Hamilton County, 47 percent are married, 14 percent are divorced, and 10 percent are widowed.

• Of men in Hamilton County, 51 percent are married, 12 percent are divorced, and 3 percent are widowed.

• 4.4 percent of women, ages 15 to 50, gave birth during the past year.


• Of people over 25, 87.1 percent have a high school degree or higher, and 27.7 percent have a bachelor's degree or higher.

Source: American Community Survey 2012, U.S. Census Bureau