These Are The 10 Best Small Towns In Tennessee


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. Here are the 10 Best Small Towns in Tennessee (in which to live):

  1. Ridgeside
  2. Garland
  3. Townsend
  4. Baneberry
  5. Wartrace
  6. Rockford
  7. Bell Buckle
  8. La Grange
  9. Pittman Center
  10. Rossville

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.

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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.

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1. Ridgeside


Population 2014: 495
Median Income: $100,500
Median Home Price: $295,000
Crime Per 100k: 1,298

2. Garland


Population 2014: 298
Median Income: $60,313
Median Home Price: $145,100
Crime Per 100k: 2,978

3. Townsend


Population 2014: 755
Median Income: $39,100
Median Home Price: $217,000
Crime Per 100k: 2,208

4. Baneberry


Population 2014: 498
Median Income: $53,750
Median Home Price: $228,500
Crime Per 100k: 197

5. Wartrace


Population 2014: 679
Median Income: $37,794
Median Home Price: $96,300
Crime Per 100k: 464

6. Rockford


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

10. Rossville


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:

  1. Saulsbury
  2. Beersheba Springs
  3. Coalmont

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Tennessee

City Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price Crime Per 100k
Ridgeside 1 495 $100,500 $295,000 1,298
Garland 2 298 $60,313 $145,100 2,978
Townsend 3 755 $39,100 $217,000 2,208
Baneberry 4 498 $53,750 $228,500 197
Wartrace 5 679 $37,794 $96,300 464
Rockford 6 928 $60,000 $170,800 2,613
Bell Buckle 7 442 $45,469 $185,000 2,578
La Grange 8 91 $64,583 $262,500 1,298
Pittman Center 9 360 $53,125 $180,600 365
Rossville 10 693 $70,000 $205,800 880
Eagleville 11 543 $60,125 $161,700 1,122
Watauga 12 421 $30,500 $90,500 442
Burlison 13 463 $49,063 $118,800 3,666
Cumberland Gap 14 358 $21,761 $143,800 3,812
Calhoun 15 535 $51,563 $86,100 1,616
Charleston 16 722 $37,083 $95,000 1,497
Braden 17 250 $54,792 $180,600 2,509
Berry Hill 18 451 $43,021 $184,600 13,849
Huntland 19 838 $36,607 $84,500 697
Puryear 20 751 $38,452 $70,900 1,199
Woodland Mills 21 353 $49,167 $104,800 3,836
Wartburg 22 993 $26,417 $101,300 548
Saltillo 23 511 $35,563 $102,800 1,946
Lynnville 24 364 $34,740 $81,000 3,907
Friendsville 25 767 $45,962 $116,700 3,804
Middleton 26 836 $39,815 $83,700 4,060
Liberty 27 387 $35,313 $106,600 4,169
Medon 28 201 $45,156 $94,200 4,268
Hornbeak 29 461 $32,000 $75,800 1,711
Scotts Hill 30 925 $35,761 $82,700 509
Allardt 31 689 $35,313 $101,700 3,965
Linden 32 1,114 $32,941 $75,200 1,556
Trimble 33 726 $39,844 $59,500 958
Parker’S Crossroads 34 343 $34,615 $113,800 3,491
Cumberland City 35 396 $28,472 $85,900 2,258
Gibson 36 549 $36,406 $72,000 3,421
Mitchellville 37 177 $36,250 $83,600 4,247
Adams 38 864 $51,964 $104,200 4,158
Gadsden 39 422 $32,813 $80,900 2,361
Collinwood 40 918 $34,286 $66,600 604
Pleasant Hill 41 413 $23,370 $97,300 4,083
Minor Hill 42 454 $33,854 $77,500 190
Niota 43 931 $40,625 $107,300 4,033
Vanleer 44 494 $45,781 $90,800 4,014
Enville 45 207 $43,750 $105,700 3,963
Williston 46 472 $42,917 $89,000 4,359
Clarksburg 47 373 $31,979 $86,400 1,299
Finger 48 290 $39,107 $80,400 4,325
Orme 49 163 $45,833 $93,800 4,048
Maury City 50 785 $26,304 $74,600 2,530
Oakdale 51 277 $38,750 $77,100 4,496
Bulls Gap 52 610 $31,319 $85,600 4,366
Rives 53 302 $34,464 $63,000 4,753
Friendship 54 878 $29,792 $70,800 1,634
Henry 55 644 $33,438 $67,100 2,802
Petersburg 56 602 $26,875 $63,300 1,457
Gates 57 949 $25,061 $58,200 1,700
Eastview 58 696 $33,750 $84,300 3,848
Decaturville 59 857 $24,563 $63,400 2,186
Toone 60 402 $30,227 $59,500 1,994
Big Sandy 61 603 $23,693 $52,400 2,015
Trezevant 62 1,056 $31,060 $58,800 3,774
Moscow 63 417 $33,203 $102,500 4,251
Yorkville 64 298 $46,250 $71,400 4,409
Doyle 65 524 $32,083 $100,500 4,372
Atwood 66 985 $30,766 $67,600 4,612
Cottage Grove 67 102 $47,500 $48,300 4,642
Lobelville 68 1,229 $23,523 $98,000 1,521
Parrottsville 69 221 $29,583 $52,500 4,626
Philadelphia 70 605 $35,000 $87,000 4,424
Baileyton 71 515 $30,500 $86,100 3,963
Cedar Hill 72 352 $34,722 $103,800 4,393
Gallaway 73 634 $15,441 $120,800 1,955
Tellico Plains 74 990 $19,700 $107,900 3,233
Slayden 75 209 $35,625 $115,900 4,011
Copperhill 76 509 $21,964 $62,800 1,187
Hornsby 77 291 $30,875 $90,900 4,457
Stantonville 78 501 $32,500 $77,500 4,524
Morrison 79 619 $33,393 $85,300 4,021
Ethridge 80 428 $31,000 $63,300 3,463
Michie 81 645 $31,932 $94,500 4,221
Bethel Springs 82 792 $25,288 $76,700 3,257
Grand Junction 83 354 $31,830 $85,000 4,605
Stanton 84 399 $28,158 $75,000 4,785
Gilt Edge 85 377 $27,875 $89,200 3,655
Crab Orchard 86 760 $33,487 $84,500 4,287
Sardis 87 359 $27,500 $54,300 4,552
Hollow Rock 88 710 $27,135 $54,000 1,554
Ramer 89 346 $22,500 $76,700 4,564
Mclemoresville 90 225 $26,000 $69,000 4,129
Samburg 91 330 $21,655 $76,700 4,504
Hickory Valley 92 145 $13,365 $72,500 4,993
Winfield 93 880 $24,583 $70,800 2,623
Guys 94 684 $31,250 $71,300 4,775
Palmer 95 877 $22,237 $71,700 4,851
Henning 96 1,017 $20,563 $61,000 6,716
Ducktown 97 463 $19,205 $83,400 4,358
Milledgeville 98 329 $26,932 $71,600 4,654
Coalmont 99 885 $23,542 $53,200 4,765
Beersheba Springs 100 702 $22,228 $67,700 4,909

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