While total population in Davidson County increased between 2000 and 2010, the number of married couples with minor children decreased significantly, according to a new report by Metropolitan Social Services department.
That's one of several new demographic changes in Nashville found in the MSS annual Community Needs Evaluation, which was compiled by its planning and coordination staff.
The report is meant to offer insight into social and demographic groups within Davidson County, identify needs based on trends within those groups and provide information for social agencies to respond to needs identified.
Brief examples of findings include:
• The number of people in Davidson County increased from 569,891 in 2000 to 628,133 in 2010.
• The number of married couples with minor children decreased from 42,616 in 2000 to 33,017 in 2010, while the number of married couples with no related children increased from 52,976 to 57,119.
• In 2010, the racial composition of Davidson County was 62.5 percent White, 27.6 percent Black or African-American, 6.8 percent More than One Race or Other, 2.9 percent Asian, and .2 percent American Indian/Alaska Native.
• The Hispanic/Latino population increased from 4.4 percent in 2000 to 9.8 percent in 2010. The number of foreign-born residents increased from 39,596 in 2000 to 74,129 in 2010.
• The purchasing power in the U. S. has dropped steadily. The purchasing power of $100 in 2011 dollars would have been worth about $131.76 in 2000 or $173.60 in 1990.
The full report includes a demographic and social profile of Davidson County over multiple year and can be viewed here.