These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Tennessee For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Tennessee where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Tennessee, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Tennessee is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the Volunteer State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 92 places in Tennessee with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Signal Mountain (Photos)
  2. Oakland
  3. Brentwood (Photos)
  4. Erwin (Photos)
  5. Collegedale
  6. Church Hill (Photos)
  7. Germantown (Photos)
  8. Mount Carmel (Photos)
  9. Loudon (Photos)
  10. Spring Hill (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Tennessee

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Tennessee

For example, there were a total of 41 crimes committed in Signal Mountain which had a reported population of 8,577. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00478 which translates into a 1 in 209 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 92 places in Tennessee to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 92 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Tennessee".

The safest city, based on population, is Signal Mountain. The most dangerous? Newport, where residents had a 1 in 9 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,577
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 431 (2nd safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Tennessee for 2018 is Signal Mountain -- a classic example of everything that makes Tennessee great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 231.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 2,144 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Oakland

Population: 7,670
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 977 (8th safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Tennessee and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Oakland -- the 2nd safest in the Volunteer State.

Oakland is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 102.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Oakland.

3. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 42,739
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 928 (7th safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Brentwood ranks as the 3rd safest city in Tennessee.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Brentwood.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Erwin

Erwin, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,959
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,040 (9th safest)

You might be surprised to find Erwin this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Erwin is surpised.

This gem of a place in the Volunteer State boasts the 9th best property crime rate and 6th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Collegedale

Collegedale, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,245
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,218 (11th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Collegedale, TN.

You get what you pay for in Collegedale -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 1,405 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Collegedale residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Collegedale in heartbeat.

6. Church Hill

Church Hill, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,714
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 417 (1st safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Church Hill, the 6th safest city in Tennessee.

The town of some 6,714 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Church Hill a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Church Hill?

7. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,311
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,279 (13th safest)

Germantown is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Tennessee.

It has 1 in 78.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 854 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Tennessee.

8. Mount Carmel

Mount Carmel, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,424
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 184 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 682 (3rd safest)

The eighth safest city in Tennessee for 2018 goes to Mount Carmel. Let's see why.

There were only 10 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 37 property crimes to boot.

9. Loudon

Loudon, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,800
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,258 (12th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Tennessee, may we present Loudon as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Tennessee, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

73 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 12th best in Tennessee on a rate basis.

10. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,599
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 832 (4th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Spring Hill.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Spring Hill residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 72 violent crimes and 313 property crimes in Spring Hill; that's really good for a place of 37,599 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Tennessee

Looking at the data, you can tell that Signal Mountain is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Tennessee residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in Tennessee:
3rd Most Dangerous: Dyersburg
2nd Most Dangerous: Savannah
Most Dangerous: Newport

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Tennessee For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Signal Mountain128,57746431
Oakland277,67052977
Brentwood3342,73958928
Erwin4225,9591171,040
Collegedale51311,245711,218
Church Hill686,714178417
Germantown7939,3111171,279
Mount Carmel845,424184682
Loudon965,8001201,258
Spring Hill101037,599191832
Nolensville1157,1641671,465
Mount Juliet121833,0481631,482
Collierville131149,5311611,494
Hendersonville141656,9651311,534
Atoka15219,1762071,100
Jonesborough16155,3381871,479
Franklin171474,7712051,451
Greenbrier18206,807396866
Munford19296,1402601,547
Millersville20126,748414889
Bartlett212558,8973201,623
McKenzie22 -
Henderson23266,5973781,409
Maryville242428,6611912,372
Gallatin251735,1543951,285
Goodlettsville263423,3582312,217
Kingston27305,8233261,648
Lenoir City28409,1751633,051
Soddy-Daisy292713,2152642,255
Martin302310,8592942,449
White House312811,4193591,716
Fairview32198,4403431,895
Portland333212,5023592,223
Jefferson City34378,5493393,017
Greeneville354815,1013243,681
Smyrna363348,0165202,624
La Vergne373135,2286841,833
Clarksville3841152,5266132,526
Sparta39515,1311755,223
Murfreesboro4043129,7306082,980
Lafayette41395,0883733,793
Johnson City423666,5113953,740
Columbia434437,2196822,899
Oak Ridge44129,2966692,945
Lebanon455631,1256423,055
Dayton46357,4214713,651
Bristol474226,6565923,376
Red Bank484711,7897212,714
Tullahoma493819,2295513,645
Elizabethton505713,6723364,761
Dunlap51465,1674064,431
Lewisburg526011,5529521,990
Cookeville534532,2925104,319
Springfield546316,8737283,265
Shelbyville555321,5117293,226
Sevierville565516,8433325,569
Lexington57527,8597503,282
Clinton585810,0916444,360
Humboldt59668,2877483,535
Millington607711,0026903,799
Paris615410,1434835,481
Pulaski62647,5726604,582
Rockwood63675,4004445,555
Winchester64498,5457254,154
Harriman65616,1957263,987
Manchester665910,5967174,511
Kingsport676253,0596954,713
Milan68507,8031,0763,447
McMinnville696513,7899793,792
Nashville Metropolitan70 -
Lawrenceburg717610,5957455,304
Jackson727566,9909374,399
East Ridge737121,3119154,607
Crossville748611,5148255,072
Bolivar75725,0321,1923,795
Alcoa76789,5038105,587
Ripley77828,1291,1934,453
Knoxville7883186,5838965,533
Cleveland798144,4238646,086
Chattanooga8084177,8011,0235,484
La Follette81686,9777886,836
Union City827410,5068666,244
Pigeon Forge83876,2307547,961
Fayetteville84797,1821,0865,485
Brownsville85809,7951,6844,696
Dickson868915,5019675,948
Athens879013,7179987,785
Sweetwater88735,9571,1416,446
Memphis8988656,4341,8195,634
Dyersburg909116,7111,3826,750
Savannah91857,0351,4217,476
Newport92926,8121,4539,336

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