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.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for . This is our fourth time ranking the best Nashville suburbs.

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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 2019:

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

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 2019

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 (2013-2017) 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.

Belle Meade, TN

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Population: 2,584
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $195,000
Unemployment Rate: 0.3%
Poverty Rate: 3.9%
More on Belle Meade: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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 $195,000 a year, which is the 1st highest in the Nashville region. And only 30.0% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,330,200 each.

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Population: 4,681
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Income: $150,921
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 0.6%
More on Oak Hill: Real Estate | Data

Oak Hill is the second best ‘burb we looked at near Nashville for 2019.

It ranks 4th for incomes in the area and only 1.5% of residents lack insurance, good for 1st best.

Brentwood, TN

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Population: 41,524
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Income: $151,722
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.9%
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Here in Brentwood, 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 Brentwood.

Nolensville, TN

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Population: 7,119
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Income: $120,411
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.6%
More on Nolensville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Nolensville ranks as the 4th best suburb of Nashville for 2019.

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

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Population: 5,002
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Income: $193,281
Unemployment Rate: 2.7%
Poverty Rate: 3.7%
More on Forest Hills: Real Estate | Data

Coming in as the fifth best is Forest Hills.

Forest Hills gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Nashville area, where houses sell for an average of $802,500. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 4,112
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Income: $96,667
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Thompson’s Station: Real Estate | Data

Thompson’s Station 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 210.0% which is 2nd best in the area.

According to online reports, Thompson’s Station is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Nashville area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Franklin, TN

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Population: 72,990
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Income: $92,589
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%
Poverty Rate: 7.0%
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Mount Juliet, TN

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Population: 31,397
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $80,130
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 7.4%
More on Mount Juliet: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Mount Juliet 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 5.2% of people lack insurance, good for 9th in the area.

Hendersonville, TN

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Population: 55,635
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $65,918
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.4%
More on Hendersonville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

White House, TN

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Population: 11,107
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,374
Unemployment Rate: 4.9%
Poverty Rate: 6.7%
More on White House: Real Estate | Data | Photos

And rounding out the top ten for 2019 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 2019

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 Median Income
1 Belle Meade 2,584 $195,000
2 Oak Hill 4,681 $150,921
3 Brentwood 41,524 $151,722
4 Nolensville 7,119 $120,411
5 Forest Hills 5,002 $193,281
6 Thompson’s Station 4,112 $96,667
7 Franklin 72,990 $92,589
8 Mount Juliet 31,397 $80,130
9 Hendersonville 55,635 $65,918
10 White House 11,107 $72,374
11 Pleasant View 4,277 $80,838
12 Ridgetop 2,231 $67,261
13 Kingston Springs 2,763 $70,652
14 Goodlettsville 16,935 $54,319
15 Murfreesboro 126,188 $57,753
16 Fairview 8,442 $63,125
17 Pegram 2,571 $66,438
18 Smyrna 46,885 $58,302
19 Ashland 7,554 $48,903
20 Gallatin 34,495 $53,794
21 Greenbrier 6,720 $47,171
22 La Vergne 34,905 $59,297
23 Millersville 6,760 $60,129
24 Lebanon 30,212 $46,287
25 Springfield 16,692 $44,296
26 White Bluff 3,350 $36,632

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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