Data Definitions

Construction Data

We report construction data (building permits) only for the counties for which data is available.

Geographic Definitions

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) definitions are used to describe the geographic boundaries for the cities for each of the economic indicators, with one exception: sales tax collections. MSA definitions typically include a collection of one or more counties within commuting distance of the central city. Some MSAS include counties beyond the state boundaries. For example, the MSA definitions for Memphis, Chattanooga, Clarksville, and Kingsport-Bristol include counties in other states.

Sales tax collections data pertain only to Tennessee counties.

Metropolitan Area Definitions

* these counties are not included in the sales tax collections figures