These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Tennessee For 2018


We analyzed over 100 places in Tennessee to determine the cream of the crop.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out that we updated it for 2018.

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Where are the best places in the state of Tennessee?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in Volunteer State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Tennessee.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 91 places in Tennessee, we came up with this list of the best places:

  1. Germantown (Photos)
  2. Brentwood (Photos)
  3. Signal Mountain (Photos)
  4. Collierville (Photos)
  5. Spring Hill (Photos)
  6. Franklin (Photos)
  7. Collegedale (Photos)
  8. Nolensville (Photos)
  9. Bartlett (Photos)
  10. Mount Juliet (Photos)

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Tennessee.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit cities with populations over 100,000 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 5,100
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,100
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 91 cities, 175 towns, and 147 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,100 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

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How We Calculated The Best Place To Live In Tennessee

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Tennessee across a number of criteria from one to 91, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Tennessee”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Tennessee.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Germantown at the end of the cul-de-sac.

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1. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,213
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Home Values: $296,300 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (8th best)
When you’re looking at things from purely a scientific standpoint, Germantown is by far, the best place in the state of Tennessee.

We’re not saying that places where people are broke is a bad thing, inherently. But it’s certainly not desirable, right? Germantown is the opposite of broke. The residents here earn way above the state average in household income, and the homes are among the most expensive in the state ($296,300). Plus, the unemployment rate is as close to zero as you can get.

Germantown has it made.

2. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,873
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Home Values: $555,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (2nd best)
The Brentwood has the 2nd lowest unemployment rate in Tennessee. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Brentwood is higher than the national average and households make $148,340 per year.

We’d move to Brentwood if we could in a heart beat.

3. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,500
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Home Values: $325,900 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (14th best)
Well, I guess technically 4.3% of Signal Mountain residents who want to have a job can’t find one, so not everyone has a job, but it’s the 14th closest of any city in Tennessee.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Signal Mountain also ranked well for crime (1st) and median income ($98,665).

4. Collierville

Collierville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,005
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Values: $278,600 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (10th best)
Collierville comes in 4th in our best places to live in Tennessee analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (10th overall) and crime rate (15th overall), Collierville is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Collierville in our lists for years to come.

5. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,364
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Home Values: $225,800 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (6th best)
Spring Hill has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you’re most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in Spring Hill has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 3.6% and lowering. And the Spring Hill police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 6th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place like this?

6. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,625
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Home Values: $342,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (13th best)
We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Franklin one of the best places to live in the United States. Not only do the residents all make great livings, there’s essentially no crime in the entire city. And the residents are very involved in the community.

They can’t build homes fast enough here as it seems everyone wants a piece of Franklin.

7. Collegedale


Population: 10,438
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Home Values: $194,400 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (10th best)
Collegedale ranks as the 7th best place in Tennessee for 2018. Let’s take a look at why.

Collegedale has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Collegedale’s cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries – to the tune of $52,165 a year.

The knock? We can’t really find one 🙂

8. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,724
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Home Values: $341,400 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (3rd best)
When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Tennessee, Nolensville came in 8th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Nolensville has an impressive history for a place of just over 6,724 people. The median home costs a cool $341,400 and households make $110,087 which is good for 3rd in Tennessee.

9. Bartlett

Bartlett, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,318
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Home Values: $171,300 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (17th best)
Who doesn’t want to live inBartlett? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 4.5%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Bartlett in the news in the coming months.

10. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,853
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Home Values: $223,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (12th best)
In Mount Juliet, everyone loves to call Mount Juliet home! The median home value is the 10th highest in Tennessee.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 12th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Volunteer State.

Mount Juliet should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best In Tennessee

If you’re looking at areas in Tennessee with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Germantown made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for 2018.

Best Towns To Live In Tennessee

  1. Lookout Mountain (Pop. 1,930)
  2. Belle Meade (Pop. 2,704)
  3. Oak Hill (Pop. 4,686)
  4. Sewanee (Pop. 2,503)
  5. Forest Hills (Pop. 4,999)
  6. Gray (Pop. 1,806)
  7. Medina (Pop. 4,025)
  8. Shackle Island (Pop. 3,290)
  9. Walden (Pop. 1,907)
  10. Lakesite (Pop. 1,911)

Best Small Towns To Live In Tennessee

  1. Ridgeside (Pop. 671)
  2. Rockvale (Pop. 822)
  3. Bell Buckle (Pop. 401)
  4. Bethpage (Pop. 355)
  5. Walterhill (Pop. 355)
  6. Andersonville (Pop. 349)
  7. Rockford (Pop. 788)
  8. Berry Hill (Pop. 793)
  9. Baneberry (Pop. 487)
  10. Garland (Pop. 343)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Tennessee:

  1. Ripley (Pop. 8,249)
  2. Savannah (Pop. 7,043)
  3. La Follette (Pop. 7,131)

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Detailed List Of The Best Cities In Tennessee

City Rank Previous Rank Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
Germantown 1 1 39,213 3.7% $296,300
Brentwood 2 3 40,873 2.8% $555,800
Signal Mountain 3 2 8,500 4.3% $325,900
Collierville 4 4 48,005 3.8% $278,600
Spring Hill 5 7 34,364 3.6% $225,800
Franklin 6 5 70,625 4.2% $342,900
Collegedale 7 10 10,438 3.8% $194,400
Nolensville 8 6 6,724 3.0% $341,400
Bartlett 9 8 58,318 4.5% $171,300
Mount Juliet 10 12 29,853 3.9% $223,800
Hendersonville 11 9 55,073 4.7% $211,100
Maryville 12 11 28,151 5.7% $190,000
Farragut 13 13 21,690 4.6% $328,600
White House 14 14 10,944 5.6% $174,300
Atoka 15 22 8,917 4.3% $172,400
Oakland 16 15 7,270 5.4% $175,400
Kingston 17 17 5,841 5.5% $143,600
Jonesborough 18 16 5,234 3.7% $149,500
Mount Carmel 19 24 5,425 6.0% $130,400
Gallatin 20 21 33,426 6.2% $168,600
Murfreesboro 21 18 122,007 6.7% $186,200
Goodlettsville 22 29 16,848 9.0% $177,900
Smyrna 23 20 45,369 5.5% $155,500
Clarksville 24 31 146,281 8.8% $140,000
Arlington 25 27 11,599 1.4% $207,800
Church Hill 26 24 6,723 7.8% $123,300
Munford 27 23 6,025 8.7% $148,300
Greenbrier 28 30 6,684 10.0% $136,900
Fairview 29 26 8,271 5.8% $172,000
Lakeland 30 28 12,541 3.4% $252,000
Millersville 31 34 6,602 4.7% $152,000
Clinton 32 32 9,993 5.1% $150,000
East Ridge 33 33 21,311 3.7% $116,200
Red Bank 34 37 11,794 6.1% $126,900
Oak Ridge 35 19 29,285 9.0% $149,900
Kingsport 36 38 52,871 7.9% $134,800
Tullahoma 37 39 19,185 6.8% $114,900
La Vergne 38 36 34,451 6.8% $130,700
Jackson 39 42 67,162 8.3% $128,700
Martin 40 35 10,989 12.9% $125,700
Lebanon 41 47 29,439 8.3% $177,100
Soddy-Daisy 42 41 13,162 8.2% $119,300
Portland 43 40 12,125 5.8% $128,200
Chattanooga 44 44 175,462 8.7% $152,000
Elizabethton 45 49 14,012 7.6% $116,100
Knoxville 46 43 183,927 7.5% $120,300
Greeneville 47 48 15,035 7.7% $127,900
Bristol 48 45 26,734 8.6% $111,900
Manchester 49 65 10,387 4.5% $116,000
Erwin 50 61 5,998 18.2% $97,300
Loudon 51 58 5,701 6.3% $106,300
Springfield 52 57 16,650 9.6% $130,400
Dickson 53 64 15,098 6.7% $137,600
Humboldt 54 73 8,254 4.7% $74,800
Winchester 55 46 8,504 9.4% $118,600
Alcoa 56 60 9,058 4.5% $121,900
Cleveland 57 56 43,276 10.1% $154,900
Pigeon Forge 58 69 6,092 3.0% $168,900
Pulaski 59 66 7,728 6.7% $96,900
Millington 60 62 11,069 7.7% $110,900
Cookeville 61 50 32,256 9.6% $156,900
Columbia 62 53 36,130 9.4% $122,200
Mckenzie 63 51 5,650 10.9% $89,900
Dayton 64 68 7,308 8.6% $113,900
Milan 65 59 7,803 9.7% $101,000
Dunlap 66 63 5,065 6.4% $129,800
Sevierville 67 52 16,213 7.8% $166,300
Henderson 68 80 6,491 15.3% $112,700
Lexington 69 54 7,796 8.2% $112,200
Paris 70 71 10,168 9.4% $87,700
Dyersburg 71 55 16,867 10.9% $103,900
Morristown 72 85 29,395 9.7% $109,000
Athens 73 70 13,651 10.2% $131,700
Shelbyville 74 72 20,916 7.2% $104,200
Sparta 75 75 5,063 8.7% $90,900
Mcminnville 76 67 13,664 7.1% $92,500
Brownsville 77 79 9,938 7.8% $94,200
Covington 78 91 9,016 10.9% $98,000
Crossville 79 75 11,308 9.7% $136,900
Memphis 80 77 655,857 11.3% $93,700
Bolivar 81 78 5,154 20.3% $90,800
Lewisburg 82 81 11,376 12.4% $92,200
Rockwood 83 82 5,443 9.4% $73,200
Sweetwater 84 74 5,877 10.4% $110,200
Newport 85 88 6,856 13.6% $92,400
Lawrenceburg 86 83 10,573 12.0% $85,700
Fayetteville 87 84 7,033 11.5% $96,900
Harriman 88 89 6,223 16.7% $79,000
La Follette 89 87 7,131 11.2% $64,200
Savannah 90 86 7,043 18.4% $87,500
Ripley 91 90 8,249 14.4% $91,600

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