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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

  • 96.7 Cost of Living Index vs. The National Average of 100 
  • Murfreesboro #2 and Smyrna #3 Fastest Growing Cities in Tennessee
  • Rutherford County ranked 6th for the largest employment increase in the nation.

  • 1,523 New Jobs were created in 2017 and $389 Million in Capital Investments from 7 relocations and 15 existing company expansions.
  • Middle Tennessee State University is the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee with more than 21,000 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: 2018 ACCRA Cost of Living, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Commerce and The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce



Rutherford County
2018 Population: 321,230
2023 Projection: 349,860
2010 Census: 262,604
Number of Households: 117,744
Average Household Income: $81,875
Median Household Income: $64,982

City of Murfreesboro
2018 Population: 136,595
2023 Projection: 148,135

2010 Census: 108,755
Number of Households: 52,271
Average Household Income: $79,509
Median Household Income: $59,266

Town of Smyrna
2018 Population: 50,183
2023 Projection: 54,807

2010 Census: 39,974
Number of Households: 18,890
Average Household Income: $75,976
Median Household Income: $61,494

City of La Vergne
2018 Population: 39,114
2023 Projections: 42,746

2010 Census: 32,588
Number of Households: 12,804
Average Household Income: $78,492
Median Household Income: $65,722

Sources: 2018 Claritas Estimate, 2010 Census Data and The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce


  • Middle Tennessee State University Enrollment: 21,913
  • Motlow College Enrollment - Smyrna Campus: 2,309
  • Tennessee College of Applied Technology Enrollment: 114
  • Rutherford County Schools Enrollment: 43,683
  • Murfreesboro City Schools Enrollment: 8,437
  • Rutherford County Private Schools Enrollment: 2,546

Source: The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce - All enrollment numbers from 2017


Top Private Sector Employers in the Area

  • Nissan North America, Inc.

  • Ingram Content Group

  • State Farm Insurance Co.
  • Amazon Fulfillment Center
  • St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital
  • Asurion
  • Verizon Wireless
  • General Mills
  • Bridgestone Americas, Inc.
  • Adient

Source: The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce