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Rutherford County, Tennessee

Rutherford County is a county located in the U.S. State of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population is 182,023. Its county seat is Murfreesboro6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,616 km² (624 mi²). 1,603 km² (619 mi²) of it is land and 13 km² (5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.81% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 182,023 people, 66,443 households, and 47,440 families residing in the county. The population density is 114/km² (294/mi²). There are 70,616 housing units at an average density of 44/km² (114/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 85.73% White, 9.51% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.90% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. 2.78% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 66,443 households out of which 37.80% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.30% are married couples living together, 11.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% are non-families. 20.80% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.65 and the average family size is 3.09.

In the county, the population is spread out with 26.40% under the age of 18, 13.20% from 18 to 24, 33.50% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 7.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 99.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 97.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $46,312, and the median income for a family is $53,553. Males have a median income of $36,788 versus $26,555 for females. The per capita income for the county is $19,938. 9.00% of the population and 5.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 8.50% are under the age of 18 and 9.40% are 65 or older.

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