Tennessee Population Characteristics

Certain factors, like your sex, age or income can influence your health, your risk for certain diseases, and your risk for being seriously affected by public health emergencies. The same is true for populations. Population characteristic commonly include age, gender, race and ethnicity.

Population characteristics help predict the possible health outcomes and risk for certain diseases. For example, older populations are more at risk for strokes and heart attacks. They also show how diseases can develop and change over time and from one place to another.

Although some research shows that population characteristics and the environment are related, it is difficult to measure the relationship. Some research shows that these factors do affect a person's exposure to environmental hazards. Racial minorities and low-income populations may have a greater risk for exposure to several unhealthy environmental conditions. These populations are more likely to live near hazardous waste sites, in areas with high air pollution levels, and in poor housing conditions.

Demographics are the statistics of a population.  Some statistics that are commonly recorded include birth rate, death rate, age, race and gender.  Click the interactive dashboard link to view data measures by county.  Some data measures shown in the dashboard are:

  • Population - county, age group, gender and race
  • Socioeconomic status - income, poverty, education and unemployment