10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee For 2019

We used science and data to determine which cities in Tennessee have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Tennessee.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.


According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Tennessee? We’ve got the answers here.

If you’re thinking of making a move to Tennessee, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out some more reading about Tennessee and the best places for families in the country:

How do you determine which place is best for families in Tennessee anyways?

To give you the places in Tennessee which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Volunteer State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Tennessee, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Tennessee, that meant a total of 48 cities.

Read on to see why Franklin is where all the families are headed, while Red Bank is probably a place made for singles.

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee For 2019

Franklin, TN

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Population: 72,990
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 74
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 35.3%
More on Franklin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Franklin is a city in, and the county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. Located about 21 miles south of Nashville, it is one of the principal cities of the Nashville metropolitan area. Since 1980, its population has increased more than fivefold and, based on its 2013 estimated population of 68,886, it is ranked as the seventh-largest city in Tennessee.

Review Of Franklin by Dominick Nesbitt

I live in Franklin and you make us out to look like inbred hicks who can’t read. Were nice people and Tennessee is a really pretty state so please don’t bash us

Brentwood, TN

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Population: 41,524
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 45.7%
More on Brentwood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Brentwood is a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee; located in Williamson County, it is known for its rolling hills as well as being one of the wealthiest cities in America relative to average cost of living. The population was 37,060 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, and estimated at 40,982 in 2014.

Germantown, TN

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Population: 39,230
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 30.2%
More on Germantown: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.

Gallatin, TN

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Population: 34,495
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 52
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 29.4%
More on Gallatin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Gallatin is a city in and the county seat of Sumner County, Tennessee. The population was 30,678 at the 2010 census and 32,307 in 2013. Named for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, the city was established on the Cumberland River and made the county seat of Sumner County in 1802. It is located about 30.6 miles northeast of the state capital of Nashville, Tennessee.

Collegedale, TN

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Population: 10,902
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 57
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 21.8%
More on Collegedale: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Collegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 8,282 at the 2010 census and 10,729 in a 2014 estimate. Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Collegedale is home to Southern Adventist University. The median household income is among one of the highest in Hamilton County. It has been ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in Tennessee.

Portland, TN

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Population: 12,258
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 35.6%
More on Portland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Portland is a city in Sumner and Robertson counties in Tennessee. The population was 11,486 in 2010 according estimates by the U.S. census bureau and in 2013 the population was 11,933. Portland is a part of the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Paris, TN

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Population: 10,059
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 27.7%
More on Paris: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Paris is a city in Henry County, Tennessee, 86 miles northwest of Nashville, on a fork of the West Sandy River and the Tennessee River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 10,156. It is the county seat of Henry County.

Review Of Paris by HomeSnacks User

I describe this city “a speck of dirt”. The people there is the only reason why they get one house rating from me. The people are nice but the actual town is horrible. It is extremely small. They have built new things there but overall it is still a very small town. This is not a place where you would want to raise your kids and expect them to be successful. Most people that I have spoken to from there that left were extremely happy that they left. There is just not enough opportunities there for personal growth.

There is a local eatery bar there called LL Bar and the food is so super good! The burgers and the wings are fantastic. What is bad, to me, b/c I’m not an outdoors person is that there are so many bugs and animals just running around. I don’t like that at all.

Martin, TN

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Population: 10,797
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 62
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 23.0%
More on Martin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Spring Hill, TN

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Population: 35,995
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 50.3%
More on Spring Hill: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Spring Hill is a city in Maury and Williamson counties, Tennessee, located approximately 30 miles south of Nashville. Spring Hill’s population as of 2014 was 34,269.

White House, TN

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Population: 11,107
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 36.3%
More on White House: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

White House is a city in Robertson and Sumner counties in the United States state of Tennessee. The population was 7,220 at the 2000 census. It is approximately twenty-two miles north of downtown Nashville. According to the city website a special census was conducted in 2008 that placed the city population at 9,891 residents, with 3,587 households within the city limits. The population was 10,255 at the 2010 census which showed growth of 3,000 people from 2000 to 2010. The 2013 population was 10,752.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Tennessee ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Tennessee according to the data:

  1. Red Bank
  2. Kingsport
  3. Memphis

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

How Is The Area In ?

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Tennessee

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Franklin, TN 72,990 70
2 Brentwood, TN 41,524 60
3 Germantown, TN 39,230 50
4 Gallatin, TN 34,495 59
5 Collegedale, TN 10,902 51
6 Portland, TN 12,258 55
7 Paris, TN 10,059 49
8 Martin, TN 10,797 45
9 Spring Hill, TN 35,995 60
10 White House, TN 11,107 54
11 Maryville, TN 28,208 36
12 Lebanon, TN 30,212 58
13 Tullahoma, TN 19,037 49
14 Collierville, TN 48,960 35
15 Hendersonville, TN 55,635 55
16 Mount Juliet, TN 31,397 54
17 Greeneville, TN 14,895 51
18 Lewisburg, TN 11,457 53
19 Columbia, TN 36,635 55
20 Shelbyville, TN 21,028 51
21 Dickson, TN 15,128 42
22 Cookeville, TN 32,536 64
23 Murfreesboro, TN 126,188 53
24 Clarksville, TN 147,771 72
25 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,614 46
26 Sevierville, TN 16,387 59
27 Springfield, TN 16,692 42
28 Crossville, TN 11,284 44
29 Bartlett, TN 58,640 48
30 Athens, TN 13,559 62
31 Smyrna, TN 46,885 37
32 Elizabethton, TN 13,796 45
33 Manchester, TN 10,430 54
34 Morristown, TN 29,446 64
35 Oak Ridge, TN 29,009 57
36 Jackson, TN 66,977 57
37 Mcminnville, TN 13,591 34
38 Cleveland, TN 43,496 69
39 Dyersburg, TN 16,666 61
40 Knoxville, TN 184,465 106
41 Millington, TN 11,073 37
42 Goodlettsville, TN 16,935 56
43 Bristol, TN 26,668 48
44 East Ridge, TN 21,193 56
45 Chattanooga, TN 176,291 94
46 Memphis, TN 654,723 48
47 Kingsport, TN 52,698 43
48 Red Bank, TN 11,744 37

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