In 2000, the population of Murfreesboro was 68,816, which represented an increase of 53.2 percent over the 1990 census figure of 44,922. A special census was conducted in 2007 which revealed the city's population had topped six figures at 100,575 to become among Tennessee's largest municipalities.

Encompassing approximately 35 square miles, Murfreesboro is now the sixth largest city in the state, ahead of Jackson for the first time.

By the same token, Rutherford County's 2000 population was 182,023, which is a 53.5 percent increase over the 1990 census figure of 118,570.

Commercial & Industrial Development

In addition to residential growth, the city has experienced considerable commercial and industrial development during the 1990s. This non-residential development is expected to continue for the next several years, particularly commercial growth, to serve the needs of a growing population.

Income & Unemployment

The economic outlook for the city is excellent as employment opportunity continues to expand. Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce reported the unemployment rate for Rutherford County dropped to 2.2 percent in December of 1999 when compared to the state's unemployment rate of 3.8 percent and a 4.1 percent rate nationally.

The largest employer in the county, Nissan Motor Manufacturing, one of the few major automobile manufacturers expected to post economic gains this year, employs approximately 6,200. Nissan has had its lease extended and plans to expand its operation and add as many as 2,000 jobs.

Ingram Book Company employs about 2,300 workers and Whirlpool about 2,000. The mean household income was $63,416 in 1998 and is expected to be $86,158 by 2005.