These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Tennessee

We used data and science to determine the places in Tennessee where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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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 live in the safest state, either. Tennessee is somewhere in the middle.

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

After analyzing 90 places in Tennessee with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Signal Mountain
  2. Brentwood
  3. Oakland
  4. Nolensville
  5. Spring Hill
  6. Germantown
  7. Atoka
  8. Loudon
  9. Franklin
  10. Jonesborough

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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How we calculated the safest cities in Tennessee

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 (2014). 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 three criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
  • Total crimes per capita
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For example, there were a total of 44 crimes committed in Signal Mountain which had a reported population of 8,517. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00517 which translates into a 1 in 194 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 2014. This left us with a total of 90 places in Tennessee to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 90 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places three 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 population, is Signal Mountain. The most dangerous? Covington, where residents had a 1 in 18 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.

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1. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,517
Property Crime Rank: 20
Violent Crime Rank: 24

2. Brentwood

Brentwood - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 40,757
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 28

3. Oakland

Oakland - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,229
Property Crime Rank: 33
Violent Crime Rank: 40

4. Nolensville

Nolensville - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,295
Property Crime Rank: 32
Violent Crime Rank: 53

5. Spring Hill

Spring Hill - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 33,472
Property Crime Rank: 39
Violent Crime Rank: 47

6. Germantown

Germantown - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,495
Property Crime Rank: 45
Violent Crime Rank: 37

7. Atoka

Atoka - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,926
Property Crime Rank: 40
Violent Crime Rank: 67

8. Loudon

Loudon - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,785
Property Crime Rank: 55
Violent Crime Rank: 44

9. Franklin

Franklin - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,485
Property Crime Rank: 68
Violent Crime Rank: 59

10. Jonesborough

Jonesborough - Safest Places In Tennessee
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,202
Property Crime Rank: 61
Violent Crime Rank: 71

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Signal Mountain is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Tennessee residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Most dangerous cities in Tennessee:
3rd Most Dangerous: Newport
2nd Most Dangerous: Dyersburg
Most Dangerous: Covington

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Tennessee

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Signal Mountain18,5172024
Brentwood240,7572628
Oakland37,2293340
Nolensville46,2953253
Spring Hill533,4723947
Germantown639,4954537
Atoka78,9264067
Loudon85,7855544
Franklin970,4856859
Jonesborough105,2026171
Hendersonville1154,7286574
Mount Carmel125,48024140
Fairview138,16041126
Millersville146,60554106
Collierville1547,7578965
Collegedale169,88911733
Gallatin1732,75673115
Erwin186,0698699
Bartlett1958,52992101
Mount Juliet2029,10410683
Church Hill216,78291109
Greenbrier226,69480132
White House2310,86311877
Maryville2428,11613455
Martin2511,33012497
La Vergne2634,43094166
Soddy-Daisy2713,17014389
Henderson286,528127124
Kingston295,84388182
Smyrna3043,823140113
Munford316,046126144
McKenzie325,647173131
Johnson City3365,541177130
Portland3412,111146186
Goodlettsville3517,034195121
Murfreesboro36119,005166174
Dunlap375,112196123
Shelbyville3820,858153200
Bristol3926,603179154
Clarksville40144,639157210
Winchester418,530163195
Dayton427,446218104
Clinton439,924180171
Columbia4435,760170194
Cookeville4531,257208138
Sparta465,14524078
Lebanon4728,963164220
Tullahoma4818,887194180
Lenoir City499,058221136
Jefferson City508,211216156
Paris5110,166222147
Red Bank5211,872202181
Greeneville5315,011203177
Millington5411,095217161
Sevierville5516,321207178
McMinnville5613,683176234
Harriman576,234201202
Elizabethton5814,375232143
Milan597,757205197
Nashville60647,689178243
Kingsport6153,010219191
Sweetwater625,924212211
Pulaski637,590223198
Bolivar645,199190247
Morristown6529,401220206
East Ridge6621,478213219
Rockwood675,435245163
Union City6810,707238179
Jackson6967,869209242
Manchester7010,296226217
Dickson7115,022228213
Humboldt728,391214235
Pigeon Forge736,075243188
Springfield7416,696215239
Savannah757,134247185
Alcoa768,689234214
Brownsville779,957211249
Fayetteville787,201224236
Ripley798,392210252
Lawrenceburg8010,448231230
Cleveland8143,135236225
Knoxville82184,362241229
Chattanooga83174,449237237
La Follette847,203239238
Crossville8511,339250223
Memphis86654,922235251
Athens8713,640246244
Newport886,924251240
Dyersburg8916,970249246
Covington909,060244253

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