These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Tennessee


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Is being in an area that’s growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Memphis and Nashville, while others want peace and quiet like in Sparta and Jonesborough, thank you very much.

But today we’re going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts — over the past five years, which cities in Tennessee have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census’s American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Volunteer State that have people climbing over each other to get in:

  1. Spring Hill
  2. Mount Juliet
  3. Collegedale
  4. Oakland
  5. Arlington
  6. Nolensville
  7. Atoka
  8. Signal Mountain
  9. Murfreesboro
  10. Clarksville

If you happen to be a resident of one of these communities, you’re probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you’re not–and you’re wondering why these places are kind of a big deal–keep reading. We’ll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Tennessee are growing like weeds–but first, a bit about our methodology.

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How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In Volunteer State

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities over the last five years, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2014
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2014 (The latest available data)

We ranked all 97 Tennessee cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Volunteer State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Population 2014 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

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1. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,467
Population 2010: 25,415
Growth Rate: 23.81%
Absolute Growth: 6,052

2. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,053
Population 2010: 21,922
Growth Rate: 23.41%
Absolute Growth: 5,131

3. Collegedale

Collegedale, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 9,488
Population 2010: 7,937
Growth Rate: 19.54%
Absolute Growth: 1,551

4. Oakland

Oakland, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,944
Population 2010: 5,815
Growth Rate: 19.42%
Absolute Growth: 1,129

5. Arlington

Arlington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,623
Population 2010: 9,925
Growth Rate: 17.11%
Absolute Growth: 1,698

6. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,131
Population 2010: 5,351
Growth Rate: 14.58%
Absolute Growth: 780

7. Atoka

Atoka, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,727
Population 2010: 7,629
Growth Rate: 14.39%
Absolute Growth: 1,098

8. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,416
Population 2010: 7,481
Growth Rate: 12.5%
Absolute Growth: 935

9. Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 114,660
Population 2010: 102,602
Growth Rate: 11.75%
Absolute Growth: 12,058

10. Clarksville

Clarksville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 140,563
Population 2010: 126,148
Growth Rate: 11.43%
Absolute Growth: 14,415

Adding It Up

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Tennessee are led by Spring Hill which has been growing a blistering pace these past five years relative to other places around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same pace over the next five years. We’ll be here to let you know!
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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Tennessee

City Rank Pop 2014 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
Spring Hill 1 31,467 25,415 6,052 23.8%
Mount Juliet 2 27,053 21,922 5,131 23.4%
Collegedale 3 9,488 7,937 1,551 19.5%
Oakland 4 6,944 5,815 1,129 19.4%
Arlington 5 11,623 9,925 1,698 17.1%
Nolensville 6 6,131 5,351 780 14.6%
Atoka 7 8,727 7,629 1,098 14.4%
Signal Mountain 8 8,416 7,481 935 12.5%
Murfreesboro 9 114,660 102,602 12,058 11.8%
Clarksville 10 140,563 126,148 14,415 11.4%
Collierville 11 46,780 41,983 4,797 11.4%
Franklin 12 66,596 59,905 6,691 11.2%
Smyrna 13 42,235 38,102 4,133 10.8%
La Vergne 14 33,637 30,367 3,270 10.8%
Lebanon 15 27,847 25,188 2,659 10.6%
Brentwood 16 39,059 35,331 3,728 10.6%
Kingsport 17 52,835 47,852 4,983 10.4%
Bartlett 18 57,805 52,754 5,051 9.6%
Gallatin 19 31,800 29,084 2,716 9.3%
Lakeland 20 12,549 11,503 1,046 9.1%
White House 21 10,618 9,764 854 8.7%
Portland 22 11,853 10,973 880 8.0%
Millington 23 11,152 10,351 801 7.7%
Sevierville 24 15,592 14,477 1,115 7.7%
Hendersonville 25 53,257 49,725 3,532 7.1%
Fairview 26 8,020 7,500 520 6.9%
Goodlettsville 27 16,466 15,448 1,018 6.6%
Loudon 28 5,606 5,273 333 6.3%
Nashville 29 624,261 587,790 36,471 6.2%
Lenoir City 30 8,867 8,360 507 6.1%
Millersville 31 6,481 6,111 370 6.1%
Mckenzie 32 5,561 5,254 307 5.8%
Soddy-Daisy 33 13,109 12,393 716 5.8%
Greenbrier 34 6,550 6,195 355 5.7%
Jonesborough 35 5,138 4,875 263 5.4%
Farragut 36 21,111 20,154 957 4.7%
Crossville 37 11,125 10,625 500 4.7%
Henderson 38 6,429 6,141 288 4.7%
Johnson City 39 64,614 61,758 2,856 4.6%
Cleveland 40 42,331 40,507 1,824 4.5%
Chattanooga 41 171,863 164,481 7,382 4.5%
Cookeville 42 31,004 29,722 1,282 4.3%
Jackson 43 67,190 64,418 2,772 4.3%
Shelbyville 44 20,616 19,769 847 4.3%
Munford 45 6,001 5,779 222 3.8%
Dickson 46 14,814 14,299 515 3.6%
Maryville 47 27,824 26,925 899 3.3%
Manchester 48 10,223 9,899 324 3.3%
Springfield 49 16,598 16,097 501 3.1%
Jefferson City 50 8,342 8,096 246 3.0%
Pigeon Forge 51 6,004 5,831 173 3.0%
Sparta 52 5,036 4,891 145 3.0%
Martin 53 11,396 11,083 313 2.8%
Dayton 54 7,316 7,118 198 2.8%
Lewisburg 55 11,252 10,953 299 2.7%
Fayetteville 56 6,991 6,842 149 2.2%
East Ridge 57 21,220 20,778 442 2.1%
Columbia 58 35,207 34,482 725 2.1%
Knoxville 59 181,759 178,202 3,557 2.0%
Tullahoma 60 18,900 18,561 339 1.8%
Mount Carmel 61 5,443 5,349 94 1.8%
Lexington 62 7,771 7,641 130 1.7%
Church Hill 63 6,742 6,630 112 1.7%
Germantown 64 39,207 38,655 552 1.4%
Morristown 65 29,152 28,749 403 1.4%
Hartsville/Trousdale County 66 7,859 7,751 108 1.4%
Clinton 67 9,874 9,744 130 1.3%
Lynchburg 68 6,348 6,266 82 1.3%
Oak Ridge 69 29,301 28,925 376 1.3%
Bristol 70 26,705 26,427 278 1.1%
Alcoa 71 8,556 8,473 83 1.0%
Mcminnville 72 13,600 13,473 127 0.9%
Sweetwater 73 5,856 5,807 49 0.8%
Red Bank 74 11,759 11,661 98 0.8%
Athens 75 13,603 13,491 112 0.8%
Paris 76 10,165 10,083 82 0.8%
Winchester 77 8,493 8,430 63 0.7%
Kingston 78 5,888 5,864 24 0.4%
Milan 79 7,826 7,796 30 0.4%
Memphis 80 656,715 654,876 1,839 0.3%
Savannah 81 7,029 7,011 18 0.3%
Covington 82 9,033 9,016 17 0.2%
Lawrenceburg 83 10,440 10,423 17 0.2%
Elizabethton 84 14,322 14,306 16 0.1%
Ripley 85 8,350 8,372 -22 -0.3%
Erwin 86 6,052 6,090 -38 -0.6%
Union City 87 10,791 10,896 -105 -1.0%
Greeneville 88 15,015 15,189 -174 -1.1%
Dyersburg 89 16,998 17,213 -215 -1.2%
Newport 90 6,890 7,023 -133 -1.9%
Rockwood 91 5,480 5,592 -112 -2.0%
Pulaski 92 7,734 7,895 -161 -2.0%
Humboldt 93 8,363 8,582 -219 -2.6%
Brownsville 94 10,079 10,392 -313 -3.0%
Harriman 95 6,296 6,503 -207 -3.2%
La Follette 96 7,304 7,585 -281 -3.7%
Bolivar 97 5,275 5,551 -276 -5.0%

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