These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Tennessee For 2019

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list.

For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Tennessee, safety isn't a problem, but we don't all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Church Hill.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the Volunteer State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.

In all, we analyzed 93 cities in Tennessee with a population of more than 5,000 using the latest FBI crime data.

Here's the list of the safest cities in Tennessee for 2019:

  1. Church Hill (Photos | Homes)
  2. Brentwood (Photos | Homes)
  3. Signal Mountain (Photos | Homes)
  4. Oakland (Photos | Homes)
  5. Germantown (Photos | Homes)
  6. Atoka (Photos | Homes)
  7. Loudon (Photos | Homes)
  8. Collegedale (Photos | Homes)
  9. Nolensville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Spring Hill (Photos | Homes)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to live and Tennessee, check out:

How we calculated the safest cities in Tennessee

Safest Cities in Tennessee Graph

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2018) in Tennessee.

Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 32 crimes committed in Church Hill which had a reported population of 6,739. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0047 which translates into a 1 in 210 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2017. This left us with a total of 93 of the biggest cities in Tennessee to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 93 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Tennessee".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Church Hill. The most dangerous city in Tennessee? Newport, where residents had a 1 in 9 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

Church Hill, TN
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 6,739
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 74 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 400 (1st safest)
More on Church Hill: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Church Hill is a city in Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 5,916 at the 2000 census and 6,737 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Kingsport-Bristol -Bristol Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area - commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region. Brentwood, TN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 43,468
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 940 (5th safest)
More on Brentwood: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Brentwood is a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee; located in Williamson County, it is known for its rolling hills as well as being one of the wealthiest cities in America relative to average cost of living. The population was 37,060 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, and estimated at 40,982 in 2014. Signal Mountain, TN
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 8,624
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 104 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 591 (2nd safest)
More on Signal Mountain: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Signal Mountain is a town in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The town is a suburb of Chattanooga and is located on Walden Ridge, a land mass often mistakenly referred to as "Signal Mountain" itself. Signal Mountain is also used as a colloquial name for part of the Walden Ridge close to the town. The town population was 7,554 as of the 2010 census. The population for zip code 37377 was 15,310 as of the 2010 census. Oakland, TN
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 7,884
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 114 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 761 (3rd safest)
More on Oakland: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Oakland is a town in Fayette County, Tennessee, United States. In 2010 the population of the town was 6,623, a gain of 417.8% since 2000, for the largest gain of any municipality in the tri-state area of Memphis TN-MS-AR. In June 2007, although much smaller in population than its counterparts, Oakland had the highest number of building permits issued for any suburb in the Memphis metropolitan area, including Southaven and Olive Branch, Mississippi, and Collierville, Tennessee. Retail stores make up most of the commercial business. Large retail stores located in Oakland, Include Walmart, Kroger, and Walgreens. Germantown, TN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 39,086
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 79 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,256 (10th safest)
More on Germantown: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.
Atoka, TN
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 9,197
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 152 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,130 (8th safest)
More on Atoka: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Atoka is a town in Tipton County, Tennessee, United States. Historians and genealogists can trace Atoka's origins back to the 1838 charter of Portersville. Atoka adopted Portersville's charter as its own. World War I Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Joseph B. Adkison lived in Atoka, and he is buried nearby. Loudon, TN
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 5,811
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 86 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,359 (13th safest)
More on Loudon: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Loudon is a city in and the county seat of Loudon County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 4,476 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Knoxville, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city is located in eastern Tennessee, southwest of Knoxville, on the Tennessee River. Fort Loudoun, the colonial era fort for which the city was named, is located several miles to the south in Monroe County. Collegedale, TN
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 12,005
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 49 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,657 (17th safest)
More on Collegedale: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Collegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 8,282 at the 2010 census and 10,729 in a 2014 estimate. Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Collegedale is home to Southern Adventist University. The median household income is among one of the highest in Hamilton County. It has been ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in Tennessee. Nolensville, TN
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 7,889
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 126 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,267 (11th safest)
More on Nolensville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census. Spring Hill, TN
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 39,366
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 172 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,003 (7th safest)
More on Spring Hill: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Spring Hill is a city in Maury and Williamson counties, Tennessee, located approximately 30 miles south of Nashville. Spring Hill's population as of 2014 was 34,269.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The Volunteer State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Church Hill is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Tennessee residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Tennessee according to the data:

  1. Newport
  2. Memphis
  3. Sweetwater
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Tennessee For 2019

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Church Hill, TN 6,739 74 400
2 Brentwood, TN 43,468 71 940
3 Signal Mountain, TN 8,624 104 591
4 Oakland, TN 7,884 114 761
5 Germantown, TN 39,086 79 1,256
6 Atoka, TN 9,197 152 1,130
7 Loudon, TN 5,811 86 1,359
8 Collegedale, TN 12,005 49 1,657
9 Nolensville, TN 7,889 126 1,267
10 Spring Hill, TN 39,366 172 1,003
11 Millersville, TN 6,792 191 1,001
12 Greenbrier, TN 6,853 189 1,225
13 Mount Carmel, TN 5,427 239 810
14 Franklin, TN 76,995 189 1,361
15 Collierville, TN 49,790 150 1,829
16 Hendersonville, TN 58,034 175 1,752
17 Mount Juliet, TN 34,888 174 1,757
18 Kingston, TN 5,823 223 1,494
19 Fairview, TN 8,648 219 1,711
20 Jonesborough, TN 5,378 167 2,156
21 Maryville, TN 28,918 169 2,209
22 Gallatin, TN 36,689 343 1,308
23 Erwin, TN 5,894 305 1,594
24 Mckenzie, TN 5,610 231 1,818
25 Munford, TN 6,079 263 1,760
26 Soddy-Daisy, TN 13,264 203 2,314
27 Portland, TN 12,710 291 1,841
28 White House, TN 11,591 293 1,898
29 Dayton, TN 7,262 206 2,712
30 Bartlett, TN 58,895 395 1,998
31 Martin, TN 10,656 328 2,590
32 Smyrna, TN 50,091 347 2,888
33 Lenoir City, TN 9,187 293 3,211
34 Lafayette, TN 5,251 228 3,656
35 Henderson, TN 6,589 591 2,094
36 Oak Ridge, TN 29,355 528 2,619
37 Lewisburg, TN 11,684 676 2,276
38 Bristol, TN 27,176 404 3,366
39 Clarksville, TN 153,294 623 2,877
40 Goodlettsville, TN 17,119 420 3,417
41 Murfreesboro, TN 136,102 540 3,188
42 Tullahoma, TN 19,386 608 3,146
43 Greeneville, TN 15,065 517 3,624
44 Red Bank, TN 11,838 599 3,226
45 Lebanon, TN 32,248 707 2,911
46 Johnson City, TN 67,193 397 4,213
47 Sparta, TN 5,101 156 6,018
48 Harriman, TN 6,196 597 3,566
49 Paris, TN 10,194 500 3,825
50 Jefferson City, TN 8,351 383 4,466
51 Mcminnville, TN 13,786 515 4,272
52 Shelbyville, TN 21,618 800 3,085
53 Milan, TN 7,780 861 3,110
54 Columbia, TN 38,031 738 3,413
55 Cookeville, TN 32,860 392 5,033
56 Sevierville, TN 16,991 417 4,843
57 East Ridge, TN 21,351 702 4,224
58 Clinton, TN 10,146 680 4,326
59 Winchester, TN 8,573 746 3,802
60 Springfield, TN 16,869 924 3,183
61 Rockwood, TN 5,424 534 5,235
62 Elizabethton, TN 13,771 421 5,910
63 Dunlap, TN 5,185 713 4,397
64 Bolivar, TN 5,066 1,362 2,743
65 Lexington, TN 7,792 911 3,734
66 Pulaski, TN 7,742 736 4,469
67 Manchester, TN 10,702 925 3,812
68 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,780 686 5,148
69 La Follette, TN 6,897 797 4,465
70 Morristown, TN 29,774 745 4,658
71 Nashville Metropolitan, TN 674,942 1,138 3,817
72 Kingsport, TN 52,810 721 5,461
73 Jackson, TN 67,031 977 4,351
74 Humboldt, TN 8,210 1,157 4,080
75 Crossville, TN 11,555 865 5,019
76 Ripley, TN 8,067 1,264 3,818
77 Brownsville, TN 9,698 1,247 4,351
78 Alcoa, TN 10,128 859 5,766
79 Knoxville, TN 187,539 893 5,444
80 Cleveland, TN 44,778 870 5,616
81 Millington, TN 10,944 1,087 4,897
82 Fayetteville, TN 7,099 1,253 4,437
83 Pigeon Forge, TN 6,254 767 7,003
84 Union City, TN 10,544 863 6,155
85 Chattanooga, TN 178,753 1,065 5,985
86 Athens, TN 13,783 892 6,798
87 Dickson, TN 15,637 1,119 5,985
88 Dyersburg, TN 16,612 1,125 5,989
89 Covington, TN 8,909 1,683 5,455
90 Savannah, TN 7,023 1,082 7,375
91 Sweetwater, TN 5,957 1,259 6,328
92 Memphis, TN 652,765 2,003 6,297
93 Newport, TN 6,816 1,467 9,022

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