Tennessee's Median Household Income On The Rise, Fastest Growing In The Southeast

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Tennessee’s median household income increased 5.8 percent in 2017 compared to the previous year – the fastest growing median household income in the Southeast and the fifth fastest growing in the United States.

The 2017 median household income in Tennessee was $51,340.

“Not only are we bringing more jobs to Tennessee, we are bringing higher-paying jobs and that is great news for families across the state,” Governor Bill Haslam said.

“As we’ve worked to create an environment where businesses can thrive, incomes have increased, making Tennessee an even better place to live, work and raise a family.”

The newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau also showed positive growth in median household income in the state’s four largest metropolitan areas.

The U.S. Census Bureau reports the median household income in the Chattanooga, TN-GA metropolitan statistical area (MSA) grew by 8.0 percent in 2017 compared to 2016, which makes it the sixth fastest growing metropolitan area in the U.S. Its median household income in 2017 was $50,250.

The Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin, TN MSA also had solid growth of 6.5 percent, making it the 12th fastest growing metropolitan area in median household income in the U.S. Its 2017 median household income was $63,939.

The median household incomes in the Knoxville, TN MSA and the Memphis, TN-MS-AR MSA also grew in 2017 compared to 2016. Families in Knoxville experienced a 4.0 percent increase and families in Memphis saw a 2.4 percent rise. The Knoxville median household income in 2017 was $51,848, while the Memphis median household income was $50,984.


Enrollment Period Announced For Monthly Payment Program For Bradley County Property Taxes

Bradley County Trustee Mike Smith has announced the enrollment periods for the 12-month payment program for property taxes. The program for the 2019 property taxes will have the first payment due on March 15, 2019. Enrollment for the monthly payment program is currently open through Dec 7. An additional enrollment period will be from Jan. 3, 2019, through Feb. 8, 2019. ... (click for more)

Tennessee September Revenues Exceeded Budgeted Estimates

Tennessee revenues exceeded budgeted estimates for September. Finance and Administration Commissioner Larry Martin Thursday reported that overall September revenues were $1.4 billion, which is $63.4 million more than September of last year and $53.3 million more than the budgeted estimate. The growth rate for September was 4.66 percent. "September sales tax receipts continue ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Police Investigating Shooting That Victim Says Happened A Week Ago

Chattanooga Police responded to a local hospital on Friday evening after a person arrived with a gunshot wound.   The injured man told police he was shot on Thursday, Oct. 11. He said he was shot while on the dance floor of a club somewhere along Brainerd Road.   If you have any information about the incident, call Chattanooga Police at 423-698-2525. You ... (click for more)

Charles Pipkens, Lajeromeney Brown Arrested In Series Of Violent Home Invasions In Which Robbers Posed As Police

Chattanooga Police have arrested Charles Dijon Pipkens and Lajeromeney Brown in connection with a series of violent home invasions in which the suspects told their victims they were Chattanooga Police officers.. Pipkens, 27, was charged in an Aug. 11 case and Brown, 40, in an incident on Sept. 19. Pipkens, of 434 N. Hickory St., is charged with two counts of aggravated kidnapping, ... (click for more)

Teach For America Raises Concerns

For the last several years, many groups, individuals and parties interested in preserving public education for our children have stood firm as a rampantly growing privatization movement has descended upon our local educational landscape.  We saw last year the Department of Education push a plan that would form a partnership zone which could potentially lead to schools in the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Inequality & The Left

The story is told about a liberal politician who was getting a room full of snowflakes all heated up over equity and equality, which is big with the political Left right now. One of his handlers finally got the chance and whispered in his ear, “Use ‘fairness’ instead! That’s what sells … “ Afterwards a newspaper column read, “The liberals love fairness because it cannot be measured. ... (click for more)