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Rutherford County, located in the “Heart of Tennessee,” is the population and geographic center of the state. Just southeast of Nashville, the county combines the benefits of smaller-town living with the amenities of a major metropolitan area.  If you would like to buy or sell a property in this fast growing market, contact Comas Montgomery Realty and Auction Co. today!

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Facts about Rutherford County

  • 95.1 Cost of Living Index vs. The National Average of 100 
  • 5th in the U.S. for job growth from February 2015 to February 2016 
  • 13th Fastest Growing City in America, between July 1, 2014 and July 1, 2015 
  • More than 2,700 new jobs were created in 2015 and $667 million in capital investments were made from 5 relocations and 11 exisiting company expansions.
  • Middle Tennessee State University is the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee with more than 23,000 students.
  • Within a day’s drive of 75% of the nation’s markets and only minutes from 3 major interstates.
  • Great air service through Murfreesboro, Smyrna and Nashville International airports.
  • Lower cost of living with unparallel quality of life.

Sources: 2016 ACCRA Cost of Living, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Commerce and The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce


Rutherford County
2010 Census: 262,604
2017 Population: 310,750
2022 Projection: 338,756
Number of Households: 113,872
Average Household Income: $70,235
Median Household Income: $56,936

City of Murfreesboro
2010 Census: 108,755
2017 Population: 132,379
2022 Projection: 143,942
Number of Households: 50,660
Average Household Income: $67,203
Median Household Income: $51,290

Town of Smyrna
2010 Census: 39,974
2017 Population: 47,926
2022 Projection: 52,361
Number of Households: 18,044
Average Household Income: $67,342
Median Household Income: $54,101

City of La Vergne
2010 Census: 32,588
2017 Population: 38,077
2022 Projections: 41,672
Number of Households: 12,483
Average Household Income: $65,528
Median Household Income: $57,630

Sources: 2017 Claritas Estimate, 2010 Census Data and The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce


  • Middle Tennessee State University Enrollment: 23,881
  • Motlow College Enrollment: 2,100
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Enrollment: 361
  • Rutherford County Schools Enrollment: 42,626
  • Murfreesboro City Schools Enrollment: 7,411

Source: The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

Top Private Sector Employers in the Area

  • Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corp.
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center
  • State Farm Operations Center
  • Ingram Content Group
  • Asurion
  • St. Thomas Health
  • Verizon Wireless
  • General Mills
  • Taylor Farms
  • Adient
  • Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
  • Middle Tennessee State University

Source: The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce

Retail and Travel

2015 Total County Retail Sales: $6,560,623,226
2015 Travel Related Expenditures: $316,450,000
Rutherford Co. has developed over 4 million square feet of retail in the last 10 years.
Source: TN Dept. of Revenue, U.S. Travel Association and The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce