Tennessee population total in 2018 tops 6.77 million

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The University of Tennessee is reporting that estimates from the US Census Bureau will show Tennessee will remain the 16th most populous state in the nation.

The data, analyzed by the Tennessee State Data Center and housed in UT’s Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research, indicates that the state’s population grew by 61,216 people between 2017 and 2018.

This growth results in a population increase of 0.91 percent to 6,770,010 residents.

“We’re not surprised to see the growth slow slightly,” said Tim Kuhn, director of the center, to UT's Media and Relations Department. “In fact, the steady rise in the state’s death rate over the last 20 years and declining birth rate, especially among women under the age of 25, will likely edge the growth further downward despite a continued influx of new residents.”

Nearly two-thirds of the population increase is driven by residents moving from other states, while international migration accounted for 8,994 residents, or about 15 percent of the gain.