Best Cities For Singles In Tennessee For 2020


We used science and data to determine which cities in Tennessee have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Tennessee.

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Are you trying to find love in Tennessee?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Tennessee, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The Volunteer State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in Tennessee for 2020:

  1. Knoxville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Cookeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Clarksville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Memphis (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Murfreesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. East Ridge (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Martin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Collegedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Red Bank (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. La Vergne (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Tennessee? Knoxville ranks as the best place for singles in Tennessee if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in tennessee? That would be Dyersburg.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in tennessee or the safest places to live in tennessee.

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Tennessee For 2020

Knoxville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 185,429
Median Age: 32.6
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 24.1%
More on Knoxville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Knoxville is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Knox County. The city had an estimated population of 186,239 in 2016 and a population of 178,874 as of the 2010 census, making it the state's third largest city after Nashville and Memphis. Knoxville is the principal city of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area, which, in 2016, was 868,546, up 0.9 percent, or 7,377 people, from to 2015. The KMSA is, in turn, the central component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area, which, in 2013, had a population of 1,096,961.

Review Of Knoxville by HomeSnacks User

This is the most wonderful place on Earth. It is near the Smoky Mountains, has lots of lakes, and is the home of the University of Tennessee. It's easy to get around, the people are friendly, the food is good, and everything is wonderful.

Go to a University of Tennessee football game. Visit a Calhoun's restaurant. Enjoy yourself!

Cookeville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 32,894
Median Age: 30.0
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 23.8%
More on Cookeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Its population at the 2010 census was 30,435. It is the county seat and largest city of Putnam County and home to Tennessee Technological University. It is recognized as one of the country's micropolitan areas, smaller cities which nevertheless function as significant economic hubs. Of the twenty micropolitan areas in Tennessee, Cookeville is the largest; the Cookeville micropolitan area's 2010 Census population was 106,042.

Clarksville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 150,602
Median Age: 29.5
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 41.3%
More on Clarksville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

The city of Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, Tennessee, United States. It is the fifth-largest city in the state behind Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga. The city had a population of 132,929 at the 2010 census, and an estimated population of 150,287 in 2016.

Review Of Clarksville by HomeSnacks User

The schools are very political and there is a lot of gossip even on the kindergarden level. the crime was not bad it just has a over flow of pot and people that can not drive right leading to accidents

There is not much for teenagers to do there is a public swimming pool that is decent

Memphis, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 653,248
Median Age: 33.8
Married households: 15.0%
Households with kids: 29.4%
More on Memphis: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Shelby County. The city is located on the fourth Chickasaw Bluff, south of the confluence of the Wolf and Mississippi rivers.

Review Of Memphis by HomeSnacks User

I like the convenience of living in the up town area of Memphis. its close to many restaurants and venues and the house I have is fairly new. the problem with Memphis is that no matter where you live, theres a slum area nearby. you can be driving through a neighborhood with upscale housing and clean streets and all of a sudden there's an area that definitely on the downgrade with abandoned houses, prostitutes, and trash laden streets.

wonderful music events and great food venues.

Murfreesboro, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 130,968
Median Age: 30.4
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 33.6%
More on Murfreesboro: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Murfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 108,755 according to the 2010 census, up from 68,816 residents certified in 2000. In 2016, census estimates showed a population of 131,947. The city is the center of population of Tennessee, located 34 miles southeast of downtown Nashville in the Nashville metropolitan area of Middle Tennessee. It is Tennessee's fastest growing major city and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Murfreesboro is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the second largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee, with 22,729 total students as of fall 2014.

East Ridge, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,134
Median Age: 39.6
Married households: 23.0%
Households with kids: 24.0%
More on East Ridge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Martin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,721
Median Age: 24.1
Married households: 19.0%
Households with kids: 25.1%
More on Martin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of Martin by HomeSnacks User

Crime rate is excellent and a safe place to live and you can walk anywhere day or night I have been here for 50 years and experienced no crime

Soybean festival is a great opportunity for all the family to enjoy each year

Collegedale, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,256
Median Age: 33.2
Married households: 12.0%
Households with kids: 23.2%
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.

Red Bank, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,748
Median Age: 38.0
Married households: 22.0%
Households with kids: 20.1%
More on Red Bank: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Red Bank is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 12,418 at the 2000 census and 11,817 in 2012. Red Bank is an enclave, being entirely surrounded by the city limits of Chattanooga. Red Bank is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA, Metropolitan Statistical Area.

La Vergne, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,237
Median Age: 31.5
Married households: 16.0%
Households with kids: 47.3%
More on La Vergne: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in tennessee anyways?

To give you the places in tennessee which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of tennessee, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For tennessee, that meant a total of 53 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Knoxville is the talk of the town while Dyersburg is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in tennessee for 2020

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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in tennessee according to the data:

  1. Dyersburg
  2. Soddy-Daisy
  3. Lakeland

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Tennessee

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Knoxville, TN 185,429 32.6
2 Cookeville, TN 32,894 30.0
3 Clarksville, TN 150,602 29.5
4 Memphis, TN 653,248 33.8
5 Murfreesboro, TN 130,968 30.4
6 East Ridge, TN 21,134 39.6
7 Martin, TN 10,721 24.1
8 Collegedale, TN 11,256 33.2
9 Red Bank, TN 11,748 38.0
10 La Vergne, TN 35,237 31.5
11 Cleveland, TN 43,924 34.9
12 Spring Hill, TN 37,830 32.8
13 Smyrna, TN 48,361 34.7
14 Chattanooga, TN 177,365 37.6
15 Franklin, TN 75,366 37.9
16 Mount Juliet, TN 32,882 36.2
17 Springfield, TN 16,787 35.5
18 Morristown, TN 29,547 37.4
19 Gallatin, TN 36,139 37.9
20 Crossville, TN 11,368 37.2
21 Millington, TN 10,720 40.9
22 Goodlettsville, TN 16,900 41.5
23 Sevierville, TN 16,439 41.2
24 Shelbyville, TN 21,319 33.1
25 Bartlett, TN 58,828 41.8
26 Hendersonville, TN 56,421 40.1
27 Bristol, TN 26,766 42.4
28 Elizabethton, TN 13,555 42.9
29 Farragut, TN 22,260 46.9
30 Jackson, TN 66,878 35.8
31 Oak Ridge, TN 29,030 41.2
32 Columbia, TN 37,455 36.8
33 Germantown, TN 39,164 45.3
34 Maryville, TN 28,520 38.8
35 Brentwood, TN 41,987 41.5
36 Lebanon, TN 31,592 35.6
37 Athens, TN 13,752 38.0
38 Mcminnville, TN 13,650 37.9
39 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,684 43.0
40 Collierville, TN 49,610 40.8
41 Portland, TN 12,539 33.5
42 Paris, TN 10,042 38.3
43 Manchester, TN 10,561 37.0
44 Arlington, TN 11,689 34.2
45 Greeneville, TN 14,896 42.8
46 Dickson, TN 15,294 37.8
47 White House, TN 11,513 34.6
48 Kingsport, TN 53,115 44.7
49 Lewisburg, TN 11,638 35.9
50 Tullahoma, TN 19,669 39.1
51 Lakeland, TN 12,628 38.3
52 Soddy-Daisy, TN 13,460 43.3
53 Dyersburg, TN 16,559 38.8

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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