These Are The 10 Best Nashville Suburbs For 2018

We analyzed over 26 places around Nashville to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Big city living isn’t for everyone–but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There’s the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There’s traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing–pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you’re looking at.

But that’s where the suburbs come in–they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Nashville are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

Here are the 10 best suburbs around Nashville for 2018:

  1. Belle Meade (Photos | Homes)
  2. Brentwood (Photos | Homes)
  3. Oak Hill (Homes)
  4. Forest Hills (Homes)
  5. Nolensville (Photos | Homes)
  6. Mount Juliet (Photos | Homes)
  7. Franklin (Photos | Homes)
  8. Thompson’S Station (Homes)
  9. Hendersonville (Photos | Homes)
  10. White House (Photos | Homes)

If you happen to be a resident of Belle Meade, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 Nashville ‘burbs better than the rest–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the best in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Nashville for 2018

Figuring out the best ‘burbs around Nashville was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data (2012-2016) to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Nashville.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 26 suburbs to evaluate around Nashville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 26 in each category, where 1 was the ‘best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the ‘Best Suburb near Nashville.’ We’re lookin’ at you, Belle Meade.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

1. Belle Meade

Belle Meade, Tennessee

Population: 2,704
Unemployment Rate: 1.1%
Median Home Price: $1,387,300
Median Income: $195,208
More on Belle Meade: Real Estate | Data

Belle Meade is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Nashville area. We’ll tell you the good about ‘Awesome Belle Meade.’

Everyone here is rich; families average $195,208 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Nashville region. And only 1.1% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,387,300 each.

2. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee

Source: Public domain

Population: 40,873
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Median Home Price: $555,800
Median Income: $148,340
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data

Brentwood is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Nashville for 2018.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 3.4% of residents lack insurance, good for 3rd best.

3. Oak Hill

Population: 4,686
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $546,000
Median Income: $148,500
More on Oak Hill: Real Estate | Data

Here in Oak Hill, it’s really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you’ll see in the Nashville metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Oak Hill.

4. Forest Hills

Population: 4,999
Unemployment Rate: 2.9%
Median Home Price: $730,200
Median Income: $188,867
More on Forest Hills: Real Estate | Data

Forest Hills ranks as the 4th best suburb of Nashville for 2018.

You won’t find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Forest Hills and the schools are some of the best around.

5. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Population: 6,724
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $341,400
Median Income: $110,087
More on Nolensville: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Nolensville.

Nolensville gets kudos for having the 7th most expensive homes in the Nashville area, where houses sell for an average of $341,400. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

6. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Population: 29,853
Unemployment Rate: 3.9%
Median Home Price: $223,800
Median Income: $77,965
More on Mount Juliet: Real Estate | Data

Mount Juliet is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here’s why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 3.9% which is 9th best in the area.

According to online reports, Mount Juliet is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Nashville area, meaning you need to get in soon.

7. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Population: 70,625
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
Median Home Price: $342,900
Median Income: $88,961
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data

The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Franklin.

Franklin schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it’s only 18.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

8. Thompson’S Station

Population: 3,471
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Median Home Price: $356,000
Median Income: $97,917
More on Thompson’s Station: Real Estate | Data

Thompson’s Station is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 6.2% of people lack insurance, good for 10th in the area.

9. Hendersonville

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Population: 55,073
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $211,100
Median Income: $63,503
More on Hendersonville: Real Estate | Data

Is ‘Everything Better In Hendersonville?’


It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it’s really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

10. White House

White House, Tennessee

Population: 10,944
Unemployment Rate: 5.6%
Median Home Price: $174,300
Median Income: $71,415
More on White House: Real Estate | Data

And rounding out the top ten for 2018 is White House.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It’s far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

Welcome to the Best Nashville ‘Burbs of 2018

We said it once and we’ll say it again–life in the big city isn’t for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you’re hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Nashville, but don’t want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

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Detailed List Of The Best Nashville Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Belle Meade 2,704 1.1% $1,387,300 $195,208
2 Brentwood 40,873 2.8% $555,800 $148,340
3 Oak Hill 4,686 2.9% $546,000 $148,500
4 Forest Hills 4,999 2.9% $730,200 $188,867
5 Nolensville 6,724 3.0% $341,400 $110,087
6 Mount Juliet 29,853 3.9% $223,800 $77,965
7 Franklin 70,625 4.2% $342,900 $88,961
8 Thompson’S Station 3,471 3.4% $356,000 $97,917
9 Hendersonville 55,073 4.7% $211,100 $63,503
10 White House 10,944 5.6% $174,300 $71,415
11 Ridgetop 2,182 3.4% $170,700 $64,216
12 Pleasant View 4,258 5.1% $209,400 $72,121
13 Murfreesboro 122,007 6.7% $186,200 $53,241
14 Kingston Springs 2,771 6.9% $204,200 $68,415
15 Smyrna 45,369 5.5% $155,500 $55,557
16 Goodlettsville 16,848 9.0% $177,900 $52,464
17 Fairview 8,271 5.8% $172,000 $60,200
18 Pegram 2,292 7.0% $192,700 $62,750
19 Greenbrier 6,684 10.0% $136,900 $46,895
20 Ashland 7,406 3.0% $182,000 $43,071
21 Gallatin 33,426 6.2% $168,600 $49,041
22 Millersville 6,602 4.7% $152,000 $60,143
23 La Vergne 34,451 6.8% $130,700 $55,644
24 Lebanon 29,439 8.3% $177,100 $43,003
25 Springfield 16,650 9.6% $130,400 $43,862
26 White Bluff 3,318 9.9% $133,800 $45,513

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