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The Central Census Designated Place had a population of 2,227 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Central is located at latitude 36.3338 and longitude -82.2969 in Carter County. The formal boundaries for the Central Census Designated Place (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.46 sq. miles and a water area of 0.02 sq. miles. Carter County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,657 feet.

The Central Census Designated Place (GNIS ID: 2402756) has a U1 Census Class Code which indicates a census designated place with an official federally recognized name. It also has a Functional Status Code of "S" which identifies a statistical entity.

The Central Census Designated Place is located within Commissioner District 3, a minor civil division (MCD) of Carter County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Central population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Central: Central Heights.

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Central, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 2,227
Daytime Population: Workers 172
Daytime Population: Residents 1,142
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,314
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.59
Population in Households 2,227
Population in Familes 1,734
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 644
Diversity Index3 15


Median Household Income $29,134
Average Household Income $39,132
Per Capita Income $17,012


Total Housing Units 1,103 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 624 (56.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 328 (29.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 151 (13.7%)
Median Home Value $117,667
Average Home Value $149,840


Total Households 952
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 609
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.32% -0.23%
Households -0.19% -0.19%
Families -0.85% -0.3%
Median Household Income   1.39%
Per Capita Income   2.91%

Central, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Central to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 186 57th
Population Density # 162 62nd
Diversity Index # 244 43rd
Median Household Income # 392 8th
Per Capita Income # 389 9th

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