These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Tennessee For 2019


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Tennessee are the best of the best.

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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.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Tennessee for 2019:

  1. Lookout Mountain (Homes)
  2. Belle Meade (Photos | Homes)
  3. Oak Hill (Homes)
  4. Sewanee (Homes)
  5. Gray (Homes)
  6. Medina (Homes)
  7. Walden (Homes)
  8. Fairmount (Homes)
  9. New Union (Homes)
  10. Shackle Island (Homes)

If you live in one of these small towns like Lookout Mountain, 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.

For more reading on the Volunteer State check out:

How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Tennessee

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 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)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 170 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 170, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Tennessee. Top of that list — Lookout Mountain.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Tennessee.

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 1,983
Median Income: $124,028 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $541,400 (3rd Best)
More on Lookout Mountain: Data | Homes For Sale

Belle Meade, TN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 2,584
Median Income: $195,000 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $1,330,200 (1st Best)
More on Belle Meade: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,681
Median Income: $150,921 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $594,400 (2nd Best)
More on Oak Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,377
Median Income: $97,054 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $297,700 (7th Best)
More on Sewanee: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,973
Median Income: $58,870 (24th Best)
Median Home Value: $140,200 (40th Best)
More on Gray: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 4,101
Median Income: $63,357 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $160,500 (30th Best)
More on Medina: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,873
Median Income: $82,969 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $369,500 (5th Best)
More on Walden: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,681
Median Income: $94,227 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $352,800 (6th Best)
More on Fairmount: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,876
Median Income: $70,227 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $165,800 (25th Best)
More on New Union: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,694
Median Income: $110,500 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $288,600 (9th Best)
More on Shackle Island: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,770
Median Income: $63,125 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $206,500 (14th Best)
More on Lakesite: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,665
Median Income: $68,750 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $157,800 (31st Best)
More on Three Way: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 1,897
Median Income: $75,446 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $230,400 (11th Best)
More on Rural Hill: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,622
Median Income: $55,795 (29th Best)
Median Home Value: $212,600 (13th Best)
More on Norris: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 4,112
Median Income: $96,667 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $395,300 (4th Best)
More on Thompson’s Station: Data | Homes For Sale

Ridgetop, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,231
Median Income: $67,261 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $172,600 (22nd Best)
More on Ridgetop: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,900
Median Income: $56,445 (28th Best)
Median Home Value: $147,200 (36th Best)
More on Hopewell: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,517
Median Income: $51,667 (38th Best)
Median Home Value: $153,300 (33rd Best)
More on Kimball: Data | Homes For Sale

Louisville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,141
Median Income: $70,993 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $261,600 (10th Best)
More on Louisville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,347
Median Income: $37,000 (94th Best)
Median Home Value: $130,800 (49th Best)
More on Pine Crest: Data | Homes For Sale

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 20 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:

  1. Altamont
  2. Bon Aqua Junction
  3. Tracy City

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Tennessee

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Lookout Mountain 1,983 $124,028.0 $541,400.0
2 Belle Meade 2,584 $195,000.0 $1,330,200.0
3 Oak Hill 4,681 $150,921.0 $594,400.0
4 Sewanee 2,377 $97,054.0 $297,700.0
5 Gray 1,973 $58,870.0 $140,200.0
6 Medina 4,101 $63,357.0 $160,500.0
7 Walden 1,873 $82,969.0 $369,500.0
8 Fairmount 2,681 $94,227.0 $352,800.0
9 New Union 1,876 $70,227.0 $165,800.0
10 Shackle Island 2,694 $110,500.0 $288,600.0
11 Lakesite 1,770 $63,125.0 $206,500.0
12 Three Way 1,665 $68,750.0 $157,800.0
13 Rural Hill 1,897 $75,446.0 $230,400.0
14 Norris 1,622 $55,795.0 $212,600.0
15 Thompson’s Station 4,112 $96,667.0 $395,300.0
16 Ridgetop 2,231 $67,261.0 $172,600.0
17 Hopewell 1,900 $56,445.0 $147,200.0
18 Kimball 1,517 $51,667.0 $153,300.0
19 Louisville 4,141 $70,993.0 $261,600.0
20 Pine Crest 2,347 $37,000.0 $130,800.0
21 Blountville 2,654 $37,463.0 $128,100.0
22 Harrogate 4,299 $47,569.0 $122,900.0
23 Tusculum 2,666 $50,221.0 $203,600.0
24 Jacksboro 2,085 $43,711.0 $153,000.0
25 Spurgeon 4,148 $50,126.0 $149,200.0
26 Walnut Hill 2,176 $46,811.0 $131,900.0
27 Colonial Heights 3,468 $41,224.0 $137,800.0
28 Pleasant View 4,277 $80,838.0 $203,100.0
29 Piperton 1,703 $83,750.0 $294,900.0
30 Jasper 3,312 $54,524.0 $138,300.0
31 Kingston Springs 2,763 $70,652.0 $222,300.0
32 Rogersville 4,326 $32,353.0 $121,300.0
33 Apison 2,997 $53,911.0 $179,200.0
34 Falling Water 1,269 $46,875.0 $179,800.0
35 Coope 4,398 $61,047.0 $192,600.0
36 Brighton 2,916 $59,309.0 $134,700.0
37 Estill Springs 2,125 $43,798.0 $111,700.0
38 Pegram 2,571 $66,438.0 $203,100.0
39 Algood 3,895 $37,917.0 $128,900.0
40 Fall Branch 1,848 $50,521.0 $117,800.0
41 Lake Tansi 4,150 $43,533.0 $117,400.0
42 Mowbray Mountain 1,543 $45,975.0 $173,000.0
43 Chapel Hill 1,520 $42,454.0 $119,500.0
44 Powells Crossroads 1,495 $58,281.0 $112,000.0
45 Park City 2,354 $41,556.0 $100,600.0
46 Burns 1,736 $51,167.0 $153,900.0
47 Oliver Springs 3,984 $51,895.0 $107,900.0
48 Dandridge 2,891 $42,266.0 $166,000.0
49 Decherd 3,073 $43,973.0 $86,000.0
50 Ashland City 4,599 $42,392.0 $128,100.0
51 Gatlinburg 4,126 $36,611.0 $164,100.0
52 Decatur 1,481 $39,191.0 $113,800.0
53 Bells 2,687 $42,025.0 $95,200.0
54 Unionville 1,607 $48,586.0 $135,500.0
55 Vonore 1,795 $39,042.0 $146,400.0
56 Surgoinsville 2,175 $46,574.0 $112,200.0
57 Camden 3,554 $28,750.0 $92,000.0
58 Newbern 3,329 $55,217.0 $81,600.0
59 New Market 1,442 $52,684.0 $115,300.0
60 Bluff City 1,772 $37,250.0 $108,800.0
61 Gordonsville 1,489 $54,113.0 $140,000.0
62 Hunter 2,067 $42,045.0 $125,900.0
63 Unicoi 3,556 $39,500.0 $146,300.0
64 Olivet 1,539 $44,148.0 $119,500.0
65 Carthage 2,382 $38,301.0 $105,900.0
66 Coalfield 2,567 $51,602.0 $112,200.0
67 Dover 2,013 $35,855.0 $135,100.0
68 Orlinda 1,100 $52,292.0 $167,200.0
69 Waverly 4,070 $35,812.0 $96,800.0
70 Loretto 1,906 $43,529.0 $88,300.0
71 Mcewen 1,694 $45,536.0 $88,600.0
72 Waynesboro 2,416 $30,775.0 $84,600.0
73 Etowah 3,465 $38,542.0 $103,500.0
74 Cross Plains 1,569 $63,500.0 $164,500.0
75 Centerville 3,548 $34,474.0 $122,900.0
76 Watertown 1,408 $43,281.0 $106,100.0
77 Trenton 4,120 $25,428.0 $89,800.0
78 Alamo 2,221 $41,225.0 $101,200.0
79 Blaine 2,012 $47,727.0 $135,800.0
80 Spring City 2,353 $32,941.0 $101,900.0
81 South Carthage 1,305 $37,955.0 $109,400.0
82 New Johnsonville 1,963 $56,607.0 $95,400.0
83 Troy 1,499 $37,132.0 $86,900.0
84 Halls 2,424 $36,838.0 $75,400.0
85 Tazewell 2,124 $31,953.0 $92,600.0
86 Huntingdon 3,876 $25,692.0 $91,600.0
87 Dresden 2,963 $26,958.0 $78,600.0
88 Bean Station 3,089 $34,660.0 $88,000.0
89 Banner Hill 1,375 $26,169.0 $96,600.0
90 New Tazewell 2,750 $22,402.0 $103,800.0
91 Mountain City 2,394 $24,555.0 $121,000.0
92 Benton 1,695 $32,371.0 $99,600.0
93 Alexandria 1,146 $50,278.0 $107,000.0
94 Madisonville 4,709 $33,266.0 $115,300.0
95 Mosheim 2,327 $36,806.0 $101,900.0
96 Walnut Grove Cdp (Sumner County) 1,018 $65,089.0 $164,900.0
97 Gleason 1,402 $36,806.0 $68,300.0
98 Lafayette 4,985 $31,804.0 $106,700.0
99 Wildwood Lake 3,668 $32,473.0 $127,800.0
100 White Pine 2,364 $32,174.0 $115,400.0

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