Top 15 Safest Cities In Tennessee For 2018

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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 Signal Mountain.

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 92 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 2018:

  1. Signal Mountain (Photos | Homes)
  2. Oakland (Photos | Homes)
  3. Brentwood (Photos | Homes)
  4. Erwin (Photos | Homes)
  5. Collegedale (Photos | Homes)
  6. Church Hill (Photos | Homes)
  7. Germantown (Photos | Homes)
  8. Mount Carmel (Photos | Homes)
  9. Loudon (Photos | Homes)
  10. Spring Hill (Photos | Homes)
  11. Nolensville (Photos | Homes)
  12. Mount Juliet (Photos | Homes)
  13. Collierville (Photos | Homes)
  14. Hendersonville (Photos | Homes)
  15. Atoka (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 2017) 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 41 crimes committed in Signal Mountain which had a reported population of 8,577. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0048 which translates into a 1 in 209 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 2016. This left us with a total of 92 of the biggest cities in Tennessee to rank.

We ranked each city for each criteria from 1 to 92 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 Signal Mountain. 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.

Signal Mountain, TN
Overall SnackAbility
10
/10

Population: 8,577
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 46 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 431 (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: 7,670
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 52 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 977 (8th 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. Brentwood, TN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 42,739
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 58 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 928 (7th 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. Erwin, TN
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 5,959
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 18)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,040 (9th safest)
More on Erwin: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Erwin is a town in and the county seat of Unicoi County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 6,097 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Johnson City 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. Collegedale, TN
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 11,245
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 71 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,218 (11th 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.
Church Hill, TN
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 6,714
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 178 (15th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 417 (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. Germantown, TN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
7.5
/10

Population: 39,311
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 117 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,279 (13th 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. Mount Carmel, TN
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 5,424
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 184 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 682 (3rd safest)
More on Mount Carmel: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mount Carmel is a town located in Hawkins County, Tennessee. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 5,429, an increase of 634 since the 2000 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. Loudon, TN
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 5,800
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 120 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,258 (12th 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. Spring Hill, TN
Overall SnackAbility
7
/10

Population: 37,599
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 191 (18th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 832 (4th 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.
Nolensville, TN
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 7,164
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 167 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,465 (17th safest)
More on Nolensville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census. Mount Juliet, TN
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 33,048
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 163 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,482 (19th safest)
More on Mount Juliet: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Mt. Juliet is a city located in western Wilson County, Tennessee. A suburb of Nashville, it is approximately 17 miles east of downtown Nashville. Mt. Juliet is located mostly between two major national east-west routes, Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70. As of the 2015 special census, the city has a total population of 28,156. Mt. Juliet is the largest city in Wilson County. The official city charter has the name listed as Mt. Juliet, however the United States Postal Service lists the name as Mount Juliet. Collierville, TN
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
9.5
/10

Population: 49,531
Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 161 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,494 (20th safest)
More on Collierville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Collierville is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, and a suburb located in the Memphis metropolitan area. The town had a population of 43,965 at the 2010 census. Hendersonville, TN
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 56,965
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 131 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,534 (21st safest)
More on Hendersonville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Hendersonville is the largest city in Sumner County, Tennessee, on Old Hickory Lake. The population was 51,372 at the 2010 census and 54,068 according 2013 estimates. Atoka, TN
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 9,176
Rank Last Year: 21 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 207 (21st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,100 (10th 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.

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

Looking at the data, you can tell that Signal Mountain 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. Savannah
  3. Dyersburg
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Tennessee For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Signal Mountain, TN 8,577 46 431
2 Oakland, TN 7,670 52 977
3 Brentwood, TN 42,739 58 928
4 Erwin, TN 5,959 117 1,040
5 Collegedale, TN 11,245 71 1,218
6 Church Hill, TN 6,714 178 417
7 Germantown, TN 39,311 117 1,279
8 Mount Carmel, TN 5,424 184 682
9 Loudon, TN 5,800 120 1,258
10 Spring Hill, TN 37,599 191 832
11 Nolensville, TN 7,164 167 1,465
12 Mount Juliet, TN 33,048 163 1,482
13 Collierville, TN 49,531 161 1,494
14 Hendersonville, TN 56,965 131 1,534
15 Atoka, TN 9,176 207 1,100
16 Jonesborough, TN 5,338 187 1,479
17 Franklin, TN 74,771 205 1,451
18 Greenbrier, TN 6,807 396 866
19 Munford, TN 6,140 260 1,547
20 Millersville, TN 6,748 414 889
21 Bartlett, TN 58,897 320 1,623
22 Mckenzie, TN 5,294 170 2,776
23 Henderson, TN 6,597 378 1,409
24 Maryville, TN 28,661 191 2,372
25 Gallatin, TN 35,154 395 1,285
26 Goodlettsville, TN 23,358 231 2,217
27 Kingston, TN 5,823 326 1,648
28 Lenoir City, TN 9,175 163 3,051
29 Soddy-Daisy, TN 13,215 264 2,255
30 Martin, TN 10,859 294 2,449
31 White House, TN 11,419 359 1,716
32 Fairview, TN 8,440 343 1,895
33 Portland, TN 12,502 359 2,223
34 Jefferson City, TN 8,549 339 3,017
35 Greeneville, TN 15,101 324 3,681
36 Smyrna, TN 48,016 520 2,624
37 La Vergne, TN 35,228 684 1,833
38 Clarksville, TN 152,526 613 2,526
39 Sparta, TN 5,131 175 5,223
40 Murfreesboro, TN 129,730 608 2,980
41 Lafayette, TN 5,088 373 3,793
42 Johnson City, TN 66,511 395 3,740
43 Columbia, TN 37,219 682 2,899
44 Oak Ridge, TN 29,296 669 2,945
45 Lebanon, TN 31,125 642 3,055
46 Dayton, TN 7,421 471 3,651
47 Bristol, TN 26,656 592 3,376
48 Red Bank, TN 11,789 721 2,714
49 Tullahoma, TN 19,229 551 3,645
50 Elizabethton, TN 13,672 336 4,761
51 Dunlap, TN 5,167 406 4,431
52 Lewisburg, TN 11,552 952 1,990
53 Cookeville, TN 32,292 510 4,319
54 Springfield, TN 16,873 728 3,265
55 Shelbyville, TN 21,511 729 3,226
56 Sevierville, TN 16,843 332 5,569
57 Lexington, TN 7,859 750 3,282
58 Clinton, TN 10,091 644 4,360
59 Humboldt, TN 8,287 748 3,535
60 Millington, TN 11,002 690 3,799
61 Paris, TN 10,143 483 5,481
62 Pulaski, TN 7,572 660 4,582
63 Rockwood, TN 5,400 444 5,555
64 Winchester, TN 8,545 725 4,154
65 Harriman, TN 6,195 726 3,987
66 Manchester, TN 10,596 717 4,511
67 Kingsport, TN 53,059 695 4,713
68 Milan, TN 7,803 1,076 3,447
69 Mcminnville, TN 13,789 979 3,792
70 Nashville Metropolitan, TN 668,685 1,102 3,696
71 Lawrenceburg, TN 10,595 745 5,304
72 Jackson, TN 66,990 937 4,399
73 East Ridge, TN 21,311 915 4,607
74 Crossville, TN 11,514 825 5,072
75 Bolivar, TN 5,032 1,192 3,795
76 Alcoa, TN 9,503 810 5,587
77 Ripley, TN 8,129 1,193 4,453
78 Knoxville, TN 186,583 896 5,533
79 Cleveland, TN 44,423 864 6,086
80 Chattanooga, TN 177,801 1,023 5,484
81 La Follette, TN 6,977 788 6,836
82 Union City, TN 10,506 866 6,244
83 Pigeon Forge, TN 6,230 754 7,961
84 Fayetteville, TN 7,182 1,086 5,485
85 Brownsville, TN 9,795 1,684 4,696
86 Dickson, TN 15,501 967 5,948
87 Athens, TN 13,717 998 7,785
88 Sweetwater, TN 5,957 1,141 6,446
89 Memphis, TN 656,434 1,819 5,634
90 Dyersburg, TN 16,711 1,382 6,750
91 Savannah, TN 7,035 1,421 7,476
92 Newport, TN 6,812 1,453 9,336

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