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COVID-19: This is the Least Dangerous County in the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metro Area

24/7 Wall St. logo 24/7 Wall St. 6/18/2021 Samuel Stebbins

a man and a dog in a kitchen preparing food © Provided by 24/7 Wall St. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts, the novel coronavirus continues to spread through the United States. To date, 33,151,678 Americans have been infected with the virus -- and 594,888 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 255,748 COVID-19 cases have been reported to date. Adjusted for population, there have been 13,719 reported infections for every 100,000 people in the area -- above the national rate of 10,133 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 4,662 infections in Cheatham County, or 11,676 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 140 coronavirus-related deaths for every 100,000 people in Cheatham County, below the 157 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 June 16, 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 11,676 4,662 140 56
2 Hickman County, TN 11,691 2,885 190 47
3 Williamson County, TN 13,078 28,595 101 221
4 Davidson County, TN 13,240 90,563 140 960
5 Dickson County, TN 13,605 7,073 223 116
6 Sumner County, TN 13,623 24,449 196 352
7 Cannon County, TN 13,895 1,942 229 32
8 Rutherford County, TN 14,196 43,601 145 444
9 Robertson County, TN 14,318 9,929 190 132
10 Smith County, TN 14,452 2,812 206 40
11 Wilson County, TN 14,554 19,308 183 243
12 Maury County, TN 15,284 13,721 198 178
13 Macon County, TN 15,630 3,671 332 78
14 Trousdale County, TN 26,502 2,537 230 22

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