Numbers outline life in Williamson County

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Numbers. They’re everywhere in our lives, from our social security and phone numbers to the number of cars and pets you own. “Franklin Life” is breaking down the numbers in Williamson County in a special issue we’re calling “Williamson By The Numbers.”

Numbers can encompass many things including population. There were 198,501 people in Williamson County as of July. That’s three percent of the state population and accounts for a 13.1 percent growth over the last five years.

The Williamson County Chamber of Commerce projects that there will be 207,961 people living in the county by 2015.

Of the 198,501 people in Williamson, they live in 64,886 residences.

Williamson County employees 90,432 employees working in 6,065 businesses in the county. In May, there were 143 new business licenses, bringing the total for the year to 714.

Unemployment in Williamson County is at 5.7 percent, the lowest in the state. Tennessee’s unemployment rate is 8.3 percent, while the U.S. is at 7.6 percent.

The average earnings for Williamson County residents is $64,374.

The median sales price for a home was $447,076 for residential home, up from July 2012, when the amount was $350,000.

Fifty-two percent of the residents of Williamson County have at least a bachelor’s degree.

The top five private sector employers employ thousands of workers. Among them are Community Health Systems, with 2,800 employees; Nissan North America, with 1,600 employees; Williamson Medical Center, with 1,412 employees; HCA with 1,400 employees and Verizon Wireless with 1,300 employees.

Williamson County cities have also received a number of accolades over the past few years. For example:

Brentwood was named them most business friendly city by The Beacon Center of Tennessee. Franklin was second.

Williamson County was named one of the Top 10 places to live by CNN Money Magazine

Williamson County also was named 16th in fastest job growth by CNN Money magazine in 2011.

Franklin was a Most Beautiful Town finalist in a contest sponsored by the Rand McNally/USA Today poll in 2011.

Franklin was also named fifth in the Top 5 most romantic main streets by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and one of the Top 10 downtown areas by Livability.com.

Williamson County was No. 1 in Tennessee for personal and family well-bring. This came from the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations in 2010.

Williamson was also named the healthiest county in Tennessee by the National County health Rankings.