Smyrna and Murfreesboro Considering a Special Census as LaVergne Currently Counts their Population

Jun 14, 2023 at 10:20 pm by WGNS News


RUTHERFORD COUNTY, TN - A special census is underway in northern Rutherford County, where officials believe their population has grown by several thousand residents since U.S. Census numbers from 2020 were released.



La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole talked to WGNS about the growth they hope to confirm by the end of their current population count... La Vergne's last certified population came in at 38,719 residents. If the new population count hits 43-thousand residents, then the city could receive an additional $729,000 annually through state shared revenue...

In Smyrna, WGNS spoke to Town Manager Brian Hercules about the potential of a special census... We asked Hercules how much growth Smyrna has experienced since the last census... Smyrna could receive an additional $500-thousand annually in state shared revenue.

WGNS talked to Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland and learned that Murfreesboro may also conduct a new population count... Past census numbers show Murfreesboro's population to be at about 160-thousand residents, but Mayor McFarland believes the population in 2023 is closer to 170-thousand residents.

Beginning the next fiscal year, cities like Murfreesboro, Smyrna and LaVergne will receive approximately $170.29 per person in state shared revenue. Currently, cities receive about $169 per person. 


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