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About Murfreesboro, TN and Rutherford County

Rutherford County at the Heart of Tennessee

Murfreesboro is the geographic and population center of Tennessee. The community is situated within a day's drive of 75 percent of the nation's markets and only minutes from three major interstates as well as the Nashville International Airport, the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport and the Smyrna Airport. Murfreesboro is the home of Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in the state with over 24,000 students. There are many significant business hubs located in the community including Nissan, Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, General Mills, Ingram Books, State Farm Insurance, Verizon Wireless, Asurion and Amazon's newest distribution center. The population of Murfreesboro is approximately 100,000 with Rutherford County's being about 250,000 with an estimated trade area of 350,000. The county is the second fastest-growing community in Tennessee and one of the top 100 fastest-growing counties in the country.

The Most Livable Town in Tennessee

Named the "Most Livable Town in Tennessee", Murfreesboro is the fastest growing city in the state - and it's not hard to see why.

The city is the sixth largest and one of the fastest growing cities in Tennessee, has seen tremendous growth in the last twenty years. From 1990-2000, Murfreesboro's population grew from 47,905 to 68,816”a 44% increase.  From 2000-2010, Murfreesboro's population grew another 58% giving the city a 2010 population of 108,755.

This phenomenal growth is due in part to the accessibility of Rutherford County via major interstates. I-24 runs directly through
Murfreesboro, and I-65, I-40 and SR-840 are all within 15 miles of the city limit.

Murfreesboro's location at the geographic center of Tennessee, its low city property tax and its proximity to Nashville has made it one of the fastest growing residential and retail areas in the state.

Yet another unique characteristic of Murfreesboro is that a number of colleges and universi-ties are located close-by, including Middle Tennessee State University (26,000+ enrollment), Motlow State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center, Daymar Institute and University of Phoenix.

Stones River Mall in Murfreesboro completed a multi-million dollar expansion/renovation in 2008 and The Avenue-Murfreesboro opened its 1,000,000 SF development in 2007. The Oaks, also located in Murfreesboro, offers 300,000 SF of retail. With an ideal location and a wide array of retailers, Rutherford County is attracting shoppers from a 10-county region.

Rutherford County in the News

Rutherford County, TN ranks 3rd in U.S. for Job growth
“ US Bureau of Labor Statistics, October 2012

Rutherford/Davidson/Williamson MSA ranks 15th in economic & job growth out of 365 MSAs across the U.S.
“ Area Development Magazine, Summer 2012

Rutherford/Davidson/Williamson MSA ranks 4th in U.S. for economic strength
“ Politicom, June 2012

Rutherford/Davidson/Williamson MSA ranks 2nd in job creation among 50 largest U.S. metro areas.
“ Gallup, March 2012

Rutherford County ranks 14th in the U.S. for Fastest Job Growth, increasing 37% be-tween 2000 and 2010.
“ CNN Money, Aug 2011

La Vergne ranks 13th in the U.S. for Most Affordable Homes.
“ CNN Money, Aug 2011

Smyrna ranks as one of the Top 25 Suburbs in the U.S. for Retirement.
“ Forbes Magazine, Aug 2011

Sources: Rutherford County ChamberMurfreesboroTN.gov