10 Best Places To Live In Tennessee For 2019


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

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Tennessee.

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Honky-tonk and cowboy boots are not the only things that keep Tennessee kickin' up their heels, the Volunteer State has some of the best places to live East of the Mighty Mississippi.

Heck, there's a reason Justin Timberlake bought a home in Franklin, Nicole Kidman took up residence in Nashville, and that Tennessee is always inviting you to "take a walk in Memphis." North, South, East, or West Tennessee, there's a Tennessee city for everyone. Dollywood in Pigeon Forge and the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga are just a few of Tennessee's great cities where you can live, work, and play.

However, to make our top ten best places to live in Tennessee for 2019 list, our super star places really had to bring their A-game. The top ten best cities on our list average some of the highest household incomes and boasts some of the most expensive homes. These cities also have some of the most educated residents and safety is a priority.

Want to know what cities crushed the competition? Grab some Tennessee BBQ, crank some Elvis, find a sunny spot in Graceland and read on as we uncover where you should call home in Tennessee.

What does the best place to live in the birthplace of country music look like? Drum roll... The best place to live in Tennessee for 2019 is Germantown.

We are not at all surprised. Germantown is beautiful, quaint, safe, and bursting at the seams with great people.

The competition was fierce to say the least. To see Tennessee's other best of the best cities, take a look below. And if you don't find it there, head to the bottom.

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

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The 10 Best Places To Live In Tennessee For 2019

Germantown, TN

Source: City Of Germantwon
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

Germantown has a really low crime rate (12th lowest) and only 3.7% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($107,376). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in Germantown.

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

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Tennessee, as there were only 25 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 2nd lowest in Tennessee (2.8%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the most expensive in Brentwood ($555,800), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $148,340 a year.

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

Signal Mountain's unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 7th highest, making Signal Mountain a great place to work and settle down if you're look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Signal Mountain has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

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

Collierville 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 $278,600 and households earn a median salary of $110,591. One could get used to that.

Spring Hill, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/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

It's obvious why Spring Hill ranks 5th in the state for best places to live: they have the 6th lowest unemployment rate and the 9th highest home values.

Plus, they're known for their quality education and relatively low crime, making Spring Hill a great place to live.

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

In Franklin, everyone loves to call Franklin home! The median home value is the 2nd highest in Tennessee.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 13th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in Volunteer State.

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

Collegedale is by far one of the best places to live in Tennessee: the math proves it! This city has the 10th lowest unemployment rate and the 25th highest median income in all of Tennessee.

Plus, the median home values are the 13th highest in the state. And if all of that isn't enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 11th lowest in the state, making Collegedale a safe and great place to live.

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

You might be surprised to see the Town of Nolensville so high on the list. Unless you live in Nolensville.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 3.0%, Nolensville residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Tennessee. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Nolensville is doing quite well.

Let's be honest -- Nolensville is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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

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, 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

Mount Juliet has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Mount Juliet had the 13th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $77,965.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

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 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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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

  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)

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Where Are 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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