1 million more people expected to move to Middle TN by 2040

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For the past couple years, the widely shared statistic was that 100 people move to Nashville every day.

News 4 checked with the Metro Planning Department to see if that number is still accurate.

It turns out that the "a hundred people per day" number is accurate if you're talking about all of Middle Tennessee -- and if you include birth rates.

More people than ever are moving into Middle Tennessee, a region that includes Metro-Nashville as well as suburbs like Franklin and Murfreesboro.

The number of people moving into this larger area increased from 85 people per day from to that number you've heard before -- right around 100 people per day -- between 2010 and 2016.

With those numbers in mind, the Metro Planning Department estimates Middle Tennessee will add 1 million new residents by 2040, bringing the total population to almost 3 million.

"The predilections we're using say that by the year 2040, Rutherford and Williamson counties will both have about the populations that Davidson does now," said Craig Owensby with the Metro Planning Department.

Metro-Davidson County, or what's considered downtown Nashville, is growing a bit slower than it was five years ago. An average of 25 new residents came to Nashville from 2010 to 2015, but that number dropped to around 17 people moving per day in the last few years.

The Metro Planning Committee thinks this is due to lack of affordable housing in the downtown area.

News 4 reached out to the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors, and they say the average price for property in Nashville has gone up nearly $150,000 in the last five years.

According to the planning department, the city's economy and culture are two of the biggest draws to Music City.

Owensby said making Nashville a city of smaller distances is an essential part of accommodating growth.

"The most common response is -- a million people? How do we stop them?" Owensby said. "But this is a beautiful, attractive place. People want to live here. They want to move here, and growth is a wonderful thing,"

News 4 has reached out to some state lawmakers and TDOT for reaction for the new report and are waiting to hear back.

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