To the untrained eye, it seems as if every town in the state would be a great place to live. What with Tennessee being home to spectacular caverns, the Great Smoky Mountains, and Graceland.
But, like all places, some towns and cities in the Volunteer State are better than others. And here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye to make these fine grain distinctions. Instead, we look to data to understand the best place to live in Tennessee.
After analyzing over 100 places in Tennessee, we came up with this list as the best of the best that the Volunteer State has to offer:
- Nolensville (Photos)
- Brentwood (Photos)
- Spring Hill (Photos)
- Franklin (Photos)
- Green Hill
- Germantown (Photos)
- Fairview (Photos)
- Signal Mountatin
- Mount Juliet (Photos)
- Collierville (Photos)
Now follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Tennessee.
If you’re interested, we also wrote a list of the worst places to live in Tennessee.
The Pressing Question: Size
Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Nashville with a population of 629,113 against Tellico Plains with a population of 900?
We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.
So to create our ranking, we only looked at places with more than 5,000 people. This left us with 104 cities.
We decided, no matter how much anyone loves their small town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 5,000 people to truly be “the best”.
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 across a number of criteria from one to 104, 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:
- Population Density (Higher better)
- Unemployment Rate
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Expenditures per student and Student Teacher Ratio)
- Home Prices
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.
Median Home Price: $266,100
Median Income: $100,319
Median Home Price: $501,800
Median Income: $133,304
3. Spring Hill
Median Home Price: $183,800
Median Income: $76,011
Median Home Price: $336,700
Median Income: $79,894
5. Green Hill
Median Home Price: $186,400
Median Income: $71,729
Median Home Price: $268,000
Median Income: $114,520
Median Home Price: $171,300
Median Income: $54,903
8. Signal Mountain
Median Home Price: $276,800
Median Income: $81,302
9. Mount Juliet
Median Home Price: $203,900
Median Income: $72,743
Median Home Price: $255,700
Median Income: $102,643