Memphis May Surrender State's Largest City Title

Posted at 11:21 AM, May 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-19 12:21:39-04

A census has estimated Memphis could be on the verge of losing its title as Tennessee's largest city to fast-growing Nashville.

The Commercial Appeal reported that the figures, which were released Thursday, show that as of July 1, 2015, Memphis' population was 655,770 and Nashville's was 654,610.

However, that 1,160-person gap closed as Memphis lost 712 residents and Nashville gained 9,881.

John Gnuschke, director of the Sparks Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Memphis, said if the latest figures, which cover municipalities and other "sub-county" areas, show Memphis has not been growing, they also confirm that the city's population is not in rapid decline.

Memphis became the state's largest city with the 1900 Census, when its population rose to 102,320 compared to 80,865 for Nashville.