BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
The Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station area is now the fastest growing area in terms of population in the entire state, according to new census data analyzed by the University of Tennessee, growing by 6,190 residents from 2012 to 2017.
The next fastest growing area is Murfreesboro, with a population growth of 3,903 from 2012 to 2017.
“For a considerable time now, Spring Hill has been seen as one of the last affordable places in Williamson County to live for young families with children, allowing them to send their children to the top-ranked public schools in the state and raise children in a safe environment with a good quality of life,” wrote Spring Hill communications director Jamie Page. “It’s also an increasingly popular place for retirees and seniors looking for a low-crime suburb with the services and shopping options they need locally, but still close to Nashville.”
The Data released by the United States Census Bureau reveals that among the top 20 fastest growing areas in Tennessee, 14 are within the greater Nashville area and surrounding counties, including Brentwood, Franklin and Nolensville.
When reporting on population, the census bureau often uses census tracts instead of cities – a tract being a specific area, usually smaller than a city, with a population between 2,500 and 8,000. This means that tracts can often overlap into more than one city, or also encompass rural areas.
Recent growth trends have suggested Spring Hill may soon surpass Brentwood in size, as it has recently become the 17th largest city in the state with a total population of more than 40,000.
Thompson’s Station has experienced similar strong growth, going from a population of just 2,225 in 2010 to 5,662 in 2017.
Tract 501.01, which encompases parts of Brentwood and Nolensville, saw the sixth highest growth in population in the state from 2012 to 2017, with an increase of 2,677 residents, while tract 502.08, which encompasses parts of Franklin and Brentwood, saw the 11th highest growth in population, with an increase of 2,442.
Of all the tracts in the Nashville Metro area, 124 saw population increases from 2012 to 2017, whereas 11 saw decreases, including parts of Eastwood, Green Hills, and various tracts in unincorporated areas of Williamson County.