These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Tennessee


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

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Ahh, Tennessee.

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:

  1. Nolensville (Photos)
  2. Brentwood (Photos)
  3. Spring Hill (Photos)
  4. Franklin (Photos)
  5. Green Hill
  6. Germantown (Photos)
  7. Fairview (Photos)
  8. Signal Mountatin
  9. Mount Juliet (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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 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
  • Crime
  • Weather

Sources of criteria include the Census, the BLS, FBI Crime Data, and Sperling’s Best Places.

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.

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1. Nolensville

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,812
Median Home Price: $266,100
Median Income: $100,319

2. Brentwood

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,288
Median Home Price: $501,800
Median Income: $133,304

3. Spring Hill

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,764
Median Home Price: $183,800
Median Income: $76,011

4. Franklin

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 63,117
Median Home Price: $336,700
Median Income: $79,894

5. Green Hill

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,467
Median Home Price: $186,400
Median Income: $71,729

6. Germantown

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,954
Median Home Price: $268,000
Median Income: $114,520

7. Fairview

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,778
Median Home Price: $171,300
Median Income: $54,903

8. Signal Mountain

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,573
Median Home Price: $276,800
Median Income: $81,302

9. Mount Juliet

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,557
Median Home Price: $203,900
Median Income: $72,743

10. Collierville

Best Places To Live In Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 44,613
Median Home Price: $255,700
Median Income: $102,643

Best Places In Tennessee Data

See all the data here.

City Population Best Place Score Rank
Nolensville 5,812 6.5 1
Brentwood 37,288 7.1 2
Spring Hill 28,764 11.5 3
Franklin 63,117 13.3 4
Green Hill 6,467 14 5
Germantown 38,954 15.9 6
Fairview 7,778 15.9 6
Signal Mountain 7,573 19.1 8
Mount Juliet 24,557 19.4 9
Collierville 44,613 22.3 10
Farragut 20,688 23.1 11
Middle Valley 13,704 24.7 12
Tellico Village 5,700 24.8 13
Lynchburg 6,349 25.4 14
White House 10,243 27.4 15
Hendersonville 51,500 27.6 16
Harrison 7,631 28.9 17
Bartlett 54,452 29.7 18
Arlington 11,108 29.7 18
Collegedale 8,367 31.1 20
Lakeland 12,218 31.7 21
Mount Carmel 5,409 32.3 22
Smyrna 40,118 32.7 23
Millersville 6,181 34 24
Oakland 6,508 35.8 25
Seymour 11,191 36.1 26
Lebanon 26,510 36.6 27
Gallatin 30,449 37 28
Murfreesboro 109,172 37.7 29
Oak Ridge 29,235 37.9 30
Greenbrier 6,420 38 31
Portland 11,454 39 32
Kingston 5,915 39 32
Soddy-Daisy 12,691 39.3 34
La Vergne 32,458 40.7 35
Goodlettsville 15,960 40.8 36
Maryville 27,547 41.2 37
Jonesborough 5,020 41.4 38
Loudon 5,460 41.6 39
South Cleveland 6,189 42.3 40
Church Hill 6,710 43.7 41
Clinton 9,827 43.8 42
Nashville 629,113 43.8 42
Fairfield Glade 6,893 45.6 44
Johnson City 62,998 45.7 45
Alcoa 8,498 47.6 46
Atoka 8,356 47.9 47
Hartsville 7,827 50.3 48
Red Bank 11,723 51.5 49
Clarksville 133,583 51.5 49
Bloomingdale 9,981 52.2 51
Bristol 26,639 52.2 51
Tullahoma 18,769 52.6 53
Munford 5,929 52.9 54
Sevierville 14,971 53.9 55
East Ridge 20,996 55.5 56
Manchester 10,090 55.5 56
Dickson 14,629 55.5 56
Kingsport 50,131 56.5 59
Elizabethton 14,228 57.9 60
Winchester 8,475 59.3 61
Millington 10,377 59.5 62
Springfield 16,445 60 63
Cleveland 41,461 60.3 64
Cookeville 30,439 61.4 65
Chattanooga 167,869 61.5 66
Fayetteville 6,887 63.5 67
Pigeon Forge 5,917 65.3 68
Erwin 6,080 65.8 69
Columbia 34,785 66.2 70
Jackson 66,009 66.9 71
Sweetwater 5,827 67.4 72
Lexington 7,703 68 73
Lenoir City 8,653 68.7 74
Mcminnville 13,567 69.1 75
Rockwood 5,537 69.2 76
Dayton 7,217 69.3 77
Knoxville 179,973 69.9 78
Jefferson City 8,118 70.9 79
Shelbyville 20,312 71.5 80
Savannah 6,983 71.6 81
Greeneville 15,106 72.9 82
Harriman 6,369 73.6 83
Milan 7,842 73.9 84
Henderson 6,263 74.1 85
Mckenzie 5,395 74.3 86
Lewisburg 11,121 74.4 87
Morristown 29,112 74.6 88
Union City 10,878 74.6 88
Martin 11,330 75.6 90
Pulaski 7,850 75.6 90
Memphis 651,050 75.7 92
Bolivar 5,432 76.4 93
Athens 13,492 77.7 94
Paris 10,139 77.8 95
Crossville 10,894 78.8 96
Dyersburg 17,132 80 97
Brownsville 10,223 82.7 98
Newport 6,968 83.3 99
Covington 9,068 86.3 100
Lawrenceburg 10,413 86.9 101
Ripley 8,408 88.5 102
Humboldt 8,452 89.7 103
La Follette 7,447 91.6 104

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