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Franklin, Tennessee, was among the 15 fastest-growing large cities in the United States in 2017, according to population estimates released today by the US Census Bureau and disseminated by the Tennessee State Data Center.

The South is home to eight of the 15 large cities—those with a population of 50,000 or more—with the fastest growth in 2017.

“The South and West continue to be the fastest-growing regions in the nation,” said Melissa Stefanini, director of the Tennessee State Data Center. “Following state trends, the large cities that continue to see the fastest growth are in Middle Tennessee.”

Franklin’s increase of 4.9 percent—from 74,685 in 2016 to 78,321 in 2017—also made it the fastest-growing large city in Tennessee. Rounding out the state’s top three for 2017 are Murfreesboro, with an increase of 3.8 percent, and Clarksville, with 2.5 percent.

Annual growth rates of Tennessee’s large cities, 2014 through 2017.
Annual growth rates of Tennessee’s large cities, 2014 through 2017.

Franklin last held the title in 2013, with Murfreesboro in the top spot from 2014 through last year.

The statistics released today cover all local governmental units, including incorporated places, minor civil divisions, and consolidated cities. The Census Bureau will release additional population estimates by age, sex, race, and Hispanic origin for the nation, states, and counties on June 21.

To see the populations of all Tennessee cities and towns, visit the US Census Bureau’s population estimates page or see the table in American FactFinder.

The Tennessee State Data Center is a local partner to the Census Bureau. Its mission is to provide efficient access to census data and products, training, and technical assistance to data users, report feedback on data usability to the Census Bureau, and respond to state and local government data needs and operational issues.

It is housed within the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research in UT’s Haslam College of Business.


Lydia McCoy (865-974-6086,

Melissa Stefanini (865-974-6070,