10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee For 2018

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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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.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the Volunteer State:

  1. Collegedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Martin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Greeneville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Paris (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Maryville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Germantown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Tullahoma (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Collierville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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:

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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 49 cities.

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

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Collegedale, TN

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Population: 10,438
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 26.6%
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.

Martin, TN

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Population: 10,989
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 60
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 24.5%
More on Martin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Franklin, TN

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Population: 70,625
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 38.5%
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.

Greeneville, TN

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Population: 15,035
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Charlotte
Households with kids: 25.8%
More on Greeneville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Greeneville is a town in, and the county seat of Greene County, Tennessee, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 15,062. The town was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene. It is the only town with this spelling in the United States, although there are numerous U.S. towns named Greenville. The town was the capital of the short-lived State of Franklin in the 18th-century history of the Tennessee region.

Paris, TN

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Population: 10,168
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 32.3%
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.

Maryville, TN

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Population: 28,151
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 36.4%
More on Maryville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Maryville is a city and the county seat of Blount County, Tennessee, in the southeastern United States. Maryville’s population was 27,465 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area.

Germantown, TN

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Population: 39,213
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 31.4%
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.

Brentwood, TN

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Population: 40,873
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 46.9%
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.

Tullahoma, TN

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Population: 19,185
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Birmingham
Households with kids: 32.3%
More on Tullahoma: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Tullahoma is a city in Coffee and Franklin counties in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The population was 18,655 at the 2010 census. In 2014 the population was estimated to be 18,899. It is the principal city of the Tullahoma micropolitan area, which consists of Coffee, Franklin, and Moore counties and is the second largest micropolitan area in Tennessee.

Collierville, TN

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Population: 48,005
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 42.2%
More on Collierville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Collierville is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, and a suburb located in the Memphis metropolitan area. The town had a population of 43,965 at the 2010 census.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Grow Up 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. Goodlettsville
  2. Red Bank
  3. Memphis

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Tennessee

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Collegedale 10,438 57
2 Martin 10,989 62
3 Franklin 70,625 61
4 Greeneville 15,035 68
5 Paris 10,168 60
6 Maryville 28,151 60
7 Germantown 39,213 58
8 Brentwood 40,873 50
9 Tullahoma 19,185 66
10 Collierville 48,005 37
11 Spring Hill 34,364 46
12 Columbia 36,130 65
13 Sevierville 16,213 65
14 Gallatin 33,426 58
15 Elizabethton 14,012 47
16 Athens 13,651 53
17 Portland 12,125 33
18 Bartlett 58,318 40
19 Lebanon 29,439 54
20 Shelbyville 20,916 54
21 Lawrenceburg 10,573 41
22 Lewisburg 11,376 41
23 Dickson 15,098 61
24 Crossville 11,308 41
25 White House 10,944 56
26 Jackson 67,162 49
27 Cookeville 32,256 57
28 Hendersonville 55,073 50
29 Cleveland 43,276 62
30 Manchester 10,387 56
31 Clarksville 146,281 63
32 Mount Juliet 29,853 35
33 Murfreesboro 122,007 52
34 Millington 11,069 47
35 Springfield 16,650 49
36 Oak Ridge 29,285 52
37 Knoxville 183,927 98
38 La Vergne 34,451 54
39 Dyersburg 16,867 57
40 Soddy-Daisy 13,162 31
41 Bristol 26,734 56
42 Chattanooga 175,462 82
43 Smyrna 45,369 49
44 East Ridge 21,311 58
45 Mcminnville 13,664 49
46 Kingsport 52,871 54
47 Memphis 655,857 50
48 Red Bank 11,794 43
49 Goodlettsville 16,848 38

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