Demographics & Commuting

Dickson County, Tennessee is home to more than 55,300 people, including a wide range of eligible workers with a variety of skills. State and federal forecasters project the Dickson County population will continue its growth trajectory and exceed 58,000 by 2024. This growth will add more skilled workers to the area as well as the support businesses that come with a larger population base.

The county’s six incorporated towns include communities that grew up along the railroad from Nashville to the Tennessee River as well as the historic county seat of Charlotte, which boasts the state's oldest working courthouse and at one time was in consideration to become the state capital. Founded in 1803, Dickson County was named for William Dickson, a Nashville physician and legislator who reportedly was a friend of President Andrew Jackson. Dickson County's rich history includes industry in the iron furnaces of Cumberland Furnace.

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Housing: Stable and Affordable

There is stability within the Dickson County population of 55,383, indicated by two key statistics: owner-occupied housing rates and the percentage of persons living in the same home as the previous year. Dickson County residents are well above the national averages in both categories, with more than 73% of the population residing in homes they own and at about 87% living in the same residence year-to-year. Housing options are plentiful and affordable, with monthly homeowner costs (including mortgage) just over $1,150 and monthly rental cost around $750, well below the national and state average.


Recent figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show the unemployment rate in Dickson County holding steady at around 3%. Dickson County’s economic growth over the last several years has also impacted the surrounding counties. Serving as the main commercial center west of Nashville, Dickson County businesses pull from nearby areas for a consistent supply of customers and clients as well as employees.

Unemployment Rate (November 2019)
Labor Force Dickson County Workforce Dev. Area State
Civilian Labor Force 27,356 1,101,825 3,355,085
Employment 26,631 1,074,517 3,257,920
Unemployment 725 27,308 103,165
Unemployment Rate 2.7% 2.5% 3.1%

* North Middle TN Local Workforce Dev. Area includes the following counties: Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery, Robertson, Rutherford, Stewart, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson

Source: Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development

Housing Statistics (2014-2018)
  Dickson County Tennessee U.S.
Owner Occupied Housing Rate 73% 66.3% 63%
Median Value, Owner Occupied Housing $156,600 $158,600 $204,900
Median Monthly owner costs with mortgage $1,165 $1,224 $1,558
Median Gross Rent $756 $841 $1,023

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Quick Facts

Commuting a Breeze

Commute times for Dickson County workers are around 30 minutes. Many residents opt to live in more rural parts of the county and travel to the commercial and industrial hubs. With the array of thoroughfares across Dickson County, including I-40 and U.S. Hwy 70 among others, traversing the area is no problem. Just a 30-minute drive from Nashville, some residents relish the benefits of living in Dickson County, such as a lower cost of living and great schools, and drive to Music City, USA when necessary.