Special Report

This Is the County in the Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN Metro Area With the Least COVID-19

Following a months long surge driven by the delta variant, new daily cases of COVID-19 are falling once again in the United States. To date, 45,027,013 Americans have been infected with the virus — and 728,404 have died as a result. On a per capita basis, the U.S. has one of the highest known infections rates in the world.

In the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin metropolitan area, located in Tennessee, a total of 353,046 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 18,939 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area — above the national rate of 13,763 cases per 100,000 people.

Though per capita cases of COVID-19 are higher in Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin than they are nationwide, some parts of the metro area are safer than others.

The broader Nashville metro area comprises 14 counties or county equivalents — and of them, Cheatham County in Tennessee has the fewest COVID-19 cases per capita. So far, there have been a total of 6,972 infections in Cheatham County, or 17,461 for every 100,000 people.

Not only does Cheatham County have the lowest per capita infection rate in the Nashville metro area, it also has a relatively low per capita fatality rate.

There have been a total of 175 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Cheatham County, below the 194 COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 across the entire Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin metro area.

All COVID-19 data used in this story are current as of Oct. 25, 2021.

These are all the counties in Tennessee where COVID-19 is slowing (and where it’s still getting worse).

Rank Geography COVID cases per 100,000 people Total cases Deaths per 100,000 people Total deaths
1 Cheatham County, TN 17,461 6,972 175 70
2 Davidson County, TN 17,612 120,472 168 1,146
3 Williamson County, TN 18,039 39,443 123 268
4 Hickman County, TN 18,510 4,568 304 75
5 Sumner County, TN 18,973 34,051 226 405
6 Dickson County, TN 19,878 10,334 314 163
7 Cannon County, TN 19,934 2,786 286 40
8 Rutherford County, TN 20,007 61,447 176 540
9 Robertson County, TN 20,205 14,011 265 184
10 Wilson County, TN 20,307 26,940 251 333
11 Smith County, TN 21,349 4,154 267 52
12 Maury County, TN 21,477 19,281 252 226
13 Macon County, TN 23,153 5,438 387 91
14 Trousdale County, TN 32,895 3,149 272 26