These Are The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Tennessee For 2019


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 . This is our second 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 2019. Try not to jump in the car with a dozen roses:

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

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 Lakeland.

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:

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 2013-2017 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 52 cities.

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

Knoxville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 184,465
Median Age: 32.6
Married households: 30.7%
Households with kids: 21.1%
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 E. Strong

I’m from Knoxville and can’t wait till I get back to Memphis.

Cookeville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 32,536
Median Age: 29.5
Married households: 32.6%
Households with kids: 20.2%
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.

East Ridge, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,193
Median Age: 39.3
Married households: 38.8%
Households with kids: 24.1%
More on East Ridge: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Memphis, TN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 654,723
Median Age: 33.7
Married households: 28.9%
Households with kids: 25.8%
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 In the weird zone with Madyn

woah you made memphis sound like the worst place on Earth. my dad was born and raised there and he has a family, a wonderful job and a half a million dollar house.

Red Bank, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,744
Median Age: 39.1
Married households: 32.4%
Households with kids: 18.1%
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.

Murfreesboro, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 126,188
Median Age: 30.3
Married households: 45.7%
Households with kids: 31.3%
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.

Martin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,797
Median Age: 24.2
Married households: 33.4%
Households with kids: 23.0%
More on Martin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cleveland, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 43,496
Median Age: 34.6
Married households: 43.1%
Households with kids: 26.7%
More on Cleveland: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Cleveland is a city in Bradley County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 41,285 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat and largest city in Bradley County, and the principal city of the Cleveland, Tennessee metropolitan area, which is included in the Chattanooga-Cleveland-Dalton combined statistical area. Cleveland is the fourteenth largest city in Tennessee and the fifth-largest industrially with thirteen Fortune 500 manufacturers.

Clarksville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 147,771
Median Age: 29.4
Married households: 50.3%
Households with kids: 36.8%
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 Brandi Miller Powell

I live in Clarksville and pit bulls and m**h usually go together here! Lmbo !!! I know it’s sad! If you sell or do drugs you own it least one or more.

Chattanooga, TN

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 176,291
Median Age: 37.0
Married households: 35.1%
Households with kids: 21.7%
More on Chattanooga: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Chattanooga is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee, with a population of 176,588 in 2015. The fourth-largest Tennessee city, it is the seat of Hamilton County. Located in southeastern Tennessee in East Tennessee, on the Tennessee River, served by multiple railroads and Interstate highways, Chattanooga is a transit hub. Chattanooga lies 120 miles northwest of Atlanta, Georgia, 120 miles southwest of Knoxville, Tennessee, 135 miles southeast of Nashville, Tennessee, 120 miles northeast of Huntsville, Alabama, and 148 miles northeast of Birmingham, Alabama.

Review Of Chattanooga by HomeSnacks User

Chattanooga is a big town / small city, but it is growing. The natural surroundings are beautiful, with the Tennessee River flowing right through town and the surrounding hills and mountains. Everyone there seems friendly and there are plenty of things to do. There are many great restaurants and coffee shops. There are live music venues and bars for nightlife. The riverfront area is great for walking or biking outdoors. The aquarium is a very enjoyable attraction and it is affordable and rarely too crowded. The Chattanooga Choo Choo is a neat experience where you can actually book a room to stay in an old railroad sleeping car. Chattanooga is also an easy car trip from several cities like Nashville, Knoxville, Huntsville, and Atlanta.

The Tennessee Aquarium. Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum. Riverboat rides. Antique shopping. Good restaurants. Lookout Mountain. Ruby Falls.

There You Have It – The Best Cities for Singles in Tennessee for 2019

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. Lakeland
  2. Brentwood
  3. Collierville

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Tennessee

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Knoxville, TN 184,465 32.6
2 Cookeville, TN 32,536 29.5
3 East Ridge, TN 21,193 39.3
4 Memphis, TN 654,723 33.7
5 Red Bank, TN 11,744 39.1
6 Murfreesboro, TN 126,188 30.3
7 Martin, TN 10,797 24.2
8 Cleveland, TN 43,496 34.6
9 Clarksville, TN 147,771 29.4
10 Chattanooga, TN 176,291 37.0
11 Springfield, TN 16,692 36.5
12 Collegedale, TN 10,902 33.6
13 Paris, TN 10,059 36.9
14 Crossville, TN 11,284 36.6
15 Goodlettsville, TN 16,935 43.2
16 Millington, TN 11,073 37.4
17 La Vergne, TN 34,905 31.4
18 Mcminnville, TN 13,591 39.1
19 Jackson, TN 66,977 36.0
20 Smyrna, TN 46,885 34.9
21 Mount Juliet, TN 31,397 35.8
22 Athens, TN 13,559 36.6
23 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,614 42.2
24 Elizabethton, TN 13,796 44.3
25 Morristown, TN 29,446 36.8
26 Columbia, TN 36,635 36.7
27 Shelbyville, TN 21,028 34.4
28 Sevierville, TN 16,387 38.9
29 Spring Hill, TN 35,995 32.3
30 Bartlett, TN 58,640 42.0
31 Gallatin, TN 34,495 37.6
32 Germantown, TN 39,230 45.7
33 Lewisburg, TN 11,457 36.7
34 Portland, TN 12,258 33.1
35 Bristol, TN 26,668 43.0
36 Franklin, TN 72,990 38.1
37 Lebanon, TN 30,212 35.3
38 Greeneville, TN 14,895 41.9
39 Maryville, TN 28,208 37.8
40 Kingsport, TN 52,698 44.3
41 Farragut, TN 21,975 45.1
42 Hendersonville, TN 55,635 39.8
43 Dickson, TN 15,128 36.3
44 White House, TN 11,107 33.6
45 Oak Ridge, TN 29,009 40.7
46 Manchester, TN 10,430 35.3
47 Arlington, TN 11,678 32.8
48 Tullahoma, TN 19,037 40.4
49 Dyersburg, TN 16,666 40.8
50 Collierville, TN 48,960 40.1
51 Brentwood, TN 41,524 41.2
52 Lakeland, TN 12,623 38.4

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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