Here’s how much federal relief money is flowing to Tennessee counties

The Senate meets in Nashville on June 1, 2020. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

A total of $13 billion in federal COVID-19 relief money is flowing to Tennessee, and a new interactive state website allows users to break down how much is headed specific counties.

In a meeting of the Financial Stimulus Accountability Group on Monday, Senate Speaker Randy McNally (R-Oak Ridge) asked whether the amounts can be broken out on a per-capita basis to ensure smaller counties weren’t getting less than the likes of Metro Nashville and Shelby County. Gov. Bill Lee’s administration didn’t have those figures at their fingertips, so the Tennessee Journal has crunched the numbers. Here are the top 10 per-capita recipients of federal aid (Anderson County, where McNally lives, comes in at No. 12):

  1. Jackson, $7,126
  2. Cheatham, $4,363
  3. Davidson, $3,931
  4. Carroll, $3,380
  5. Smith, 3,738
  6. Fayette, $3,525
  7. Cannon, $3,056
  8. Carter, $2,643
  9. Giles, $2,643
  10. Bledsoe, $2,557

The full per-capita breakdown follows:

County Population Relief funds (in millions) Per capita
Anderson 76,978 $180 $2,333
Bedford 49,713 $115 $2,306
Benton 16,160 $21 $1,300
Bledsoe 15,064 $39 $2,557
Blount 133,088 $252 $1,895
Bradley 108,110 $171 $1,581
Campbell 39,842 $45 $1,121
Cannon 14,678 $45 $3,056
Carroll 27,767 $108 $3,880
Carter 56,391 $158 $2,810
Cheatham 40,667 $177 $4,363
Chester 17,297 $26 $1,495
Claiborne 31,959 $30 $954
Clay 7,615 $12 $1,568
Cocke 36,004 $71 $1,977
Coffee 56,520 $80 $1,420
Crockett 14,230 $30 $2,119
Cumberland 60,520 $83 $1,378
Davidson 694,144 $2,728 $3,931
Decatur 11,663 $17 $1,451
DeKalb 20,490 $24 $1,159
Dickson 53,948 $71 $1,323
Dyer 37,159 $57 $1,522
Fayette 41,133 $145 $3,525
Fentress 18,523 $20 $1,093
Franklin 42,208 $63 $1,489
Gibson 49,133 $54 $1,106
Giles 29,464 $78 $2,643
Grainger 23,320 $22 $943
Greene 69,069 $71 $1,033
Grundy 13,427 $15 $1,144
Hamblen 64,934 $124 $1,907
Hamilton 367,804 $850 $2,312
Hancock 6,620 $3 $450
Hardeman 25,050 $17 $681
Hardin 25,652 $44 $1,719
Hawkins 56,786 $85 $1,492
Haywood 17,304 $28 $1,632
Henderson 28,117 $31 $1,117
Henry 32,345 $57 $1,761
Hickman 25,178 $18 $697
Houston 8,201 $21 $2,503
Humphreys 18,582 $14 $741
Jackson 11,786 $84 $7,126
Jefferson 54,495 $79 $1,454
Johnson 17,788 $13 $730
Knox 470,313 $976 $2,076
Lake 7,016 $4 $543
Lauderdale 25,633 $18 $686
Lawrence 44,142 $39 $891
Lewis 12,268 $21 $1,715
Lincoln 34,366 $50 $1,463
Loudon 54,068 $81 $1,494
Macon 24,602 $33 $1,341
Madison 97,984 $143 $1,454
Marion 28,907 $36 $1,243
Marshall 34,375 $60 $1,731
Maury 96,387 $177 $1,840
McMinn 53,794 $83 $1,549
McNairy 25,694 $17 $674
Meigs 12,422 $9 $711
Monroe 46,545 $48 $1,023
Montgomery 208,993 $207 $989
Moore 6,488 $7 $1,032
Morgan 21,403 $16 $749
Obion 30,069 $49 $1,641
Overton 22,241 $26 $1,181
Perry 8,076 $9 $1,165
Pickett 5,048 $2 $381
Polk 16,832 $11 $678
Putnam 80,245 $79 $980
Rhea 33,167 $27 $820
Roane 53,382 $36 $680
Robertson 71,813 $105 $1,458
Rutherford 332,285 $519 $1,562
Scott 22,068 $27 $1,211
Sequatchie 15,026 $8 $554
Sevier 98,250 $212 $2,154
Shelby 937,166 $2,017 $2,152
Smith 20,157 $75 $3,738
Stewart 13,715 $8 $599
Sullivan 158,348 $226 $1,427
Sumner 191,283 $301 $1,576
Tipton 61,599 $52 $846
Trousdale 11,284 $6 $561
Unicoi 17,883 $14 $775
Union 19,972 $8 $417
Van Buren 5,872 $4 $716
Warren 41,277 $36 $866
Washington 129,375 $165 $1,277
Wayne 16,673 $10 $574
Weakley 33,328 $41 $1,218
White 27,345 $18 $656
Williamson 238,412 $492 $2,064
Wilson 144,657 $97 $668

4 Responses to Here’s how much federal relief money is flowing to Tennessee counties

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    John W Niven Jr says:

    Very curious how Davidson County gets $3,931 per capita and shelby County with 35% more population gets $2,152 per capita. How does that work ?

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    MARLE says:

    If it includes subsidies to individuals and there are more POOR people in Davidson county (which there are) then the Per Capital amount is higher. All that stimulus money getting sent out to people is Means Tested

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    Dr Cris Corley says:

    Picket County per cap is 381 dollars. Didn’t know they were a bunch of millionaires.

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    Taxpayer #314 says:

    It is always very questionable when the Republicans are the ones doling out the money. It need not be “fair!” That’s the way they operate, Wake up folks.

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