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:
- Germantown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Signal Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Collierville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Spring Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Collegedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Nolensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bartlett (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Mount Juliet (Photos | Homes For Sale)
Well, it looks like you should check out Germantown if you’re thinking of moving to Tennessee — it’s the best the Volunteer State has to offer according to the data.
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Tennessee.
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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 5,000
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 5,000
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 91 cities, 175 towns, and 136 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 5,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.
You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.
How We Calculated The Best Cities 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Tennessee? That would be Germantown.
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.
Germantown had the 8th lowest unemployment of any place in our research (3.7%) and the 12th lowest crime rate. However, the relative lack of population density and long commute times held it back from being higher on our list.
Germantown is home to an exceptional Volunteer Fire Department that represents so much about what it’s like to live there.
In Brentwood, everyone loves to call Brentwood home! The median home value is the 1st highest in Tennessee.
Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Volunteer State.
Brentwood should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.
The crime is the 1st lowest in the state in Signal Mountain, and there were only 4 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it’s even safer here than the numbers indicate.
The schools are some of the best in Tennessee, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Signal Mountain earn $98,665 a year.
There’s two types of people who live in Collierville. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $278,600 home there.
Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Collierville is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.
Spring Hill has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Tennessee. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Spring Hill is a real gem.
With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Spring Hill residents to work is significantly higher than average.
Franklin is one of the greatest places to be in Tennessee.
Being in the top 25% for unemployment, education, and crime index all help to keep Franklin from acquiring any kind of inferiority complex.
That, and the fact that Franklin is largest town in the top ten.
We wouldn’t be surprised if more and more publications start to call Franklin one of America’s gems for 2019.
Collegedale has a strong showing in our best places to live in Tennessee analysis, coming it at 7th best.
It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.
If you’re thinking of moving to Tennessee, Collegedale is a great option.
Nolensville ranks 8th on our list of best places to live in Tennessee thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.
Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Tennessee that we examined.
People have been flocking to Nolensville over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.
Bartlett is another gem in Volunteer State. The unemployment rate here is 17th lowest in the entire state at 4.5%. Other factors that make Bartlett so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $171,300, and parents earn a combined $81,583 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
Mount Juliet is a cute little city where crime is far below the state average, and where it’s affordable. The schools are also solidly rated.
Home prices clock in at $223,800 and households earn a median salary of $77,965. One could get used to that.
Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living 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 the best place to live in Tennessee for 2019.
Best Towns To Live In Tennessee
- Lookout Mountain (Pop. 1,930)
- Belle Meade (Pop. 2,704)
- Oak Hill (Pop. 4,686)
- Sewanee (Pop. 2,503)
- Forest Hills (Pop. 4,999)
- Gray (Pop. 1,806)
- Medina (Pop. 4,025)
- Shackle Island (Pop. 3,290)
- Walden (Pop. 1,907)
- Lakesite (Pop. 1,911)
Best Small Towns To Live In Tennessee
- Ridgeside (Pop. 671)
- Rockvale (Pop. 822)
- Bell Buckle (Pop. 401)
- Walterhill (Pop. 355)
- Rockford (Pop. 788)
- Berry Hill (Pop. 793)
- Baneberry (Pop. 487)
- Garland (Pop. 343)
- Oak Grove CDP (Sumner (Pop. 215)
- Gibson (Pop. 316)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Tennessee according to the data:
- La Follette (Pop. 7,131)
- Savannah (Pop. 7,043)
- Ripley (Pop. 8,249)
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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Tennessee