You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Tennessee, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the Volunteer State and no one pays attention to the little guy.
Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Tennessee based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.
We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Tennessee ranked the based–you know, based on science. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Tennessee (in which to live):
- Bell Buckle
- La Grange
- Pittman Center
If you live in one of these small towns like Ridgeside, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.
But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list. Or feel free to check out the worst small towns in Tennessee.
How We Determined The Best Small Towns In Tennessee
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (Higher is better)
- Lowest Unemployment Rates
- Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
- Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
- High School Dropouts (Lower is better)
- Crime Rates (Lower is better)
We looked at places with populations lower than 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 101 to be exact.
We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 101, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Tennessee. Top of that list — Ridgeside.
Keep reading to find out more about our top 10 best small towns in Tennessee. Or feel free to check out the best places overall to live in Tennessee.
Population 2014: 495 Median Income: $100,500
Median Home Price: $295,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,298
Population 2014: 298 Median Income: $60,313
Median Home Price: $145,100
Crime Per 100k: 2,978
Population 2014: 755 Median Income: $39,100
Median Home Price: $217,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,208
Population 2014: 498 Median Income: $53,750
Median Home Price: $228,500
Crime Per 100k: 197
Population 2014: 679 Median Income: $37,794
Median Home Price: $96,300
Crime Per 100k: 464
Population 2014: 928 Median Income: $60,000
Median Home Price: $170,800
Crime Per 100k: 2,613
7. Bell Buckle
Population 2014: 442 Median Income: $45,469
Median Home Price: $185,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,578
8. La Grange
Population 2014: 91 Median Income: $64,583
Median Home Price: $262,500
Crime Per 100k: 1,298
9. Pittman Center
Population 2014: 360 Median Income: $53,125
Median Home Price: $180,600
Crime Per 100k: 365
Population 2014: 693 Median Income: $70,000
Median Home Price: $205,800
Crime Per 100k: 880
Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones
We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 10 small towns in Tennessee are the best, in which to live.
And who can argue with that?
If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Tennessee:
- Beersheba Springs
For more Tennessee reading , check out:
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- These Are The 10 Most Redneck Cities in Tennessee
- These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Tennessee
Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Tennessee