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 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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
At an unemployment rate of 3.7%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Germantown. And the residents command high salaries ($107,376 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($296,300 each).
We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Tennessee. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
With the unemployment rate being the 2nd lowest in Tennessee and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Brentwood.
Plus, the crime rate is the 4th lowest in the state!
The tiny town of Signal Mountain may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.
The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Tennessee residents know, Signal Mountain is a great central spot for making the most of life.
The Town of Collierville might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Collierville isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $278,600 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Tennessee.
If Collierville 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.
Spring Hill isn’t just the nicest place to live in Tennessee – it’s also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.
It’s got the 6th lowest unemployment rate, the 12th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.
When you’re looking at science and data, Spring Hill definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2018.
If you want to live in Tennessee, you can’t go wrong if you decide to make the Franklin area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.
Can you blame them? It’s a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $88,961 median income will do that).
Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Franklin as great as possible. You can’t get it much better than in Franklin.
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Collegedale. Statistically the 11th safest place in the state, there were only 8 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Collegedale, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $52,165 a year, and homes are valued at more than $194,400.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the good things in life?
Nolensville is another great city in Tennessee with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.
Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: ” We feel incredibly safe in Nolensville. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it’s wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things.”
Bartlett 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 $171,300 and households earn a median salary of $81,583. One could get used to that.
Mount Juliet is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 10th best place in Tennessee?
Homes are priced around $223,800 and residents have the 82nd shortest commute in Tennessee.
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
- 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