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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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 | Homes For Sale)
  2. Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Signal Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Collierville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Spring Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Collegedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Nolensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Bartlett (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. 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.

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

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And 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 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’.

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.

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.

Germantown, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,213
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $296,300 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (8th best)
More on Germantown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Let’s take a look at why Germantown is a great place to call home for 2018.

There’s low crime in Germantown, and the residents here are gainfully employed (3.7% unemployment rate).

You can make Germantown your home for only $296,300 which won’t be too hard on a $107,376 household salary.

Brentwood, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 40,873
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $555,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (2nd best)
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Brentwood is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 2nd best place in Tennessee?

Homes are priced around $555,800 and residents have the 65th shortest commute in Tennessee.

Signal Mountain, TN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,500
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $325,900 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.3% (14th best)
More on Signal Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Taking its place as the 3rd best place in Tennessee is Signal Mountain. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Tennessee.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 4.3% helps thing too.

Collierville, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 48,005
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $278,600 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (10th best)
More on Collierville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Who wouldn’t want to live in a place where there’s low crime and everyone is rich? That’s the case with Collierville.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 10th lowest in Tennessee and the median income comes in at $110,591.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Spring Hill, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 34,364
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $225,800 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (6th best)
More on Spring Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Spring Hill is feeling the love as it ranks as the 5th best city to live in Tennessee for 2016.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (12th overall) and low crime (6th overall and one of the best in the top ten).

We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Tennessee”.

Franklin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 70,625
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $342,900 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.2% (13th best)
More on Franklin: Real Estate | Data | Photos

If you don’t have a job in Franklin, you’re most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get — 4.2%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $88,961.

That’s actually not a bad idea…

Collegedale, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 10,438
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $194,400 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (10th best)
More on Collegedale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The Town of Collegedale might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Collegedale isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $194,400 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Tennessee.

If Collegedale can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (3.8% is the 10th highest in the state.

Nolensville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,724
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $341,400 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (4th best)
More on Nolensville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime is the 17th lowest in the state in Nolensville, and there were only 12 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 Nolensville earn $110,087 a year.

Bartlett, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 58,318
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $171,300 (22nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (17th best)
More on Bartlett: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perhaps what makes Bartlett so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn’t all that makes Bartlett great. They also have the 11th highest median income and the 68th shortest commute time.

Mount Juliet, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 29,853
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $223,800 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (12th best)
More on Mount Juliet: Real Estate | Data | Photos

We wouldn’t be surprised to see CNN call Mount Juliet 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 Mount Juliet.

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 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. Walterhill (Pop. 355)
  5. Rockford (Pop. 788)
  6. Berry Hill (Pop. 793)
  7. Baneberry (Pop. 487)
  8. Garland (Pop. 343)
  9. Oak Grove CDP (Sumner (Pop. 215)
  10. Gibson (Pop. 316)

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

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

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Tennessee

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

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