These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Tennessee For 2019


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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the 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 Forest Hills and Bolivar, 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.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Tennessee for 2019 according to the most recent census data:

  1. Mount Juliet (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Spring Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Collegedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Nolensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Oakland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Murfreesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Lebanon (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Gallatin (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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

If you’re surprised–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.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Tennessee or the Fastest Growing States In America.

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 sine the begining of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Population in 2017
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2017 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 96 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 2017 – Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here’s a graph of the cities in Tennessee with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in tennessee

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1. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Population: 31,397
Population 2010: 21,922
Growth Rate: 43.22%
Absolute Growth: 9,475
More on Mount Juliet: Homes For Sale | Data
Mt. Juliet (also known as Mount Juliet) is a city located in western Wilson County, Tennessee. A suburb of Nashville, it is approximately 17 miles (27 km) 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.

2. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Population: 35,995
Population 2010: 25,415
Growth Rate: 41.63%
Absolute Growth: 10,580
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Spring Hill is a city in Maury and Williamson counties, Tennessee, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) south of Nashville. Spring Hill’s population as of 2014 was 34,269.

3. Collegedale

Collegedale, Tennessee

Population: 10,902
Population 2010: 7,937
Growth Rate: 37.36%
Absolute Growth: 2,965
More on Collegedale: Homes For Sale | 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.

4. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Population: 7,119
Population 2010: 5,351
Growth Rate: 33.04%
Absolute Growth: 1,768
More on Nolensville: Homes For Sale | Data
Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census.

5. Oakland

Oakland, Tennessee

Population: 7,508
Population 2010: 5,815
Growth Rate: 29.11%
Absolute Growth: 1,693
More on Oakland: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Smyrna

Smyrna, Tennessee

Population: 46,885
Population 2010: 38,102
Growth Rate: 23.05%
Absolute Growth: 8,783
More on Smyrna: Homes For Sale | Data
Smyrna is a town in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Smyrna’s population was 39,974 at the 2010 census and 43,063 in 2013. In 2007, U.S. News & World Report listed Smyrna as one of the best places in the United States to retire.

7. Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Population: 126,188
Population 2010: 102,602
Growth Rate: 22.99%
Absolute Growth: 23,586
More on Murfreesboro: Homes For Sale | Data
Murfreesboro is a city in, and the county seat of, Rutherford County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 108,755 according to the 2010 census, up from 68,816 residents certified in 2000. In 2016, census estimates showed a population of 131,947. The city is the center of population of Tennessee, located 34 miles (55 km) southeast of downtown Nashville in the Nashville metropolitan area of Middle Tennessee. It is Tennessee’s fastest growing major city and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Murfreesboro is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the second largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee, with 22,729 total students as of fall 2014.

8. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Population: 72,990
Population 2010: 59,905
Growth Rate: 21.84%
Absolute Growth: 13,085
More on Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data
Franklin is a city in, and the county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. Located about 21 miles south of Nashville, it is one of the principal cities of the Nashville metropolitan area. Since 1980, its population has increased more than fivefold and, based on its 2013 estimated population of 68,886, it is ranked as the seventh-largest city in Tennessee.

9. Lebanon

Lebanon, Tennessee

Source: Public domain

Population: 30,212
Population 2010: 25,188
Growth Rate: 19.95%
Absolute Growth: 5,024
More on Lebanon: Homes For Sale | Data
Lebanon /lbnn/ is the county seat of Wilson County, Tennessee, United States.

10. Gallatin

Gallatin, Tennessee

Population: 34,495
Population 2010: 29,084
Growth Rate: 18.6%
Absolute Growth: 5,411
More on Gallatin: Homes For Sale | Data
Gallatin is a city in and the county seat of Sumner County, Tennessee. The population was 30,678 at the 2010 census and 32,307 in 2013. Named for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, the city was established on the Cumberland River and made the county seat of Sumner County in 1802. It is located about 30.6 miles northeast of the state capital of Nashville, Tennessee.

These Places Grew Up So Fast, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Tennessee are led by Mount Juliet which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It’ll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We’ll be here to let you know!

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Tennessee

Rank City Pop 2017 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Mount Juliet 31,397 21,922 9,475 43.2%
2 Spring Hill 35,995 25,415 10,580 41.6%
3 Collegedale 10,902 7,937 2,965 37.4%
4 Nolensville 7,119 5,351 1,768 33.0%
5 Oakland 7,508 5,815 1,693 29.1%
6 Smyrna 46,885 38,102 8,783 23.1%
7 Murfreesboro 126,188 102,602 23,586 23.0%
8 Franklin 72,990 59,905 13,085 21.8%
9 Lebanon 30,212 25,188 5,024 19.9%
10 Gallatin 34,495 29,084 5,411 18.6%
11 Atoka 8,994 7,629 1,365 17.9%
12 Arlington 11,678 9,925 1,753 17.7%
13 Brentwood 41,524 35,331 6,193 17.5%
14 Clarksville 147,771 126,148 21,623 17.1%
15 Collierville 48,960 41,983 6,977 16.6%
16 La Vergne 34,905 30,367 4,538 14.9%
17 White House 11,107 9,764 1,343 13.8%
18 Signal Mountain 8,507 7,481 1,026 13.7%
19 Sevierville 16,387 14,477 1,910 13.2%
20 Hartsville/Trousdale County 8,773 7,751 1,022 13.2%
21 Fairview 8,442 7,500 942 12.6%
22 Hendersonville 55,635 49,725 5,910 11.9%
23 Portland 12,258 10,973 1,285 11.7%
24 Nashville 654,187 587,790 66,397 11.3%
25 Bartlett 58,640 52,754 5,886 11.2%
26 Millersville 6,760 6,111 649 10.6%
27 Alcoa 9,343 8,473 870 10.3%
28 Kingsport 52,698 47,852 4,846 10.1%
29 Lakeland 12,623 11,503 1,120 9.7%
30 Goodlettsville 16,935 15,448 1,487 9.6%
31 Cookeville 32,536 29,722 2,814 9.5%
32 Farragut 21,975 20,154 1,821 9.0%
33 Greenbrier 6,720 6,195 525 8.5%
34 Jonesborough 5,275 4,875 400 8.2%
35 Loudon 5,697 5,273 424 8.0%
36 Lenoir City 9,007 8,360 647 7.7%
37 Cleveland 43,496 40,507 2,989 7.4%
38 Chattanooga 176,291 164,481 11,810 7.2%
39 Millington 11,073 10,351 722 7.0%
40 Shelbyville 21,028 19,769 1,259 6.4%
41 Columbia 36,635 34,482 2,153 6.2%
42 Johnson City 65,598 61,758 3,840 6.2%
43 Crossville 11,284 10,625 659 6.2%
44 Dickson 15,128 14,299 829 5.8%
45 Pigeon Forge 6,147 5,831 316 5.4%
46 Manchester 10,430 9,899 531 5.4%
47 Forest Hills 5,002 4,769 233 4.9%
48 Maryville 28,208 26,925 1,283 4.8%
49 Lewisburg 11,457 10,953 504 4.6%
50 Dunlap 5,061 4,843 218 4.5%
51 Munford 6,009 5,779 230 4.0%
52 Jackson 66,977 64,418 2,559 4.0%
53 Mckenzie 5,455 5,254 201 3.8%
54 Springfield 16,692 16,097 595 3.7%
55 Knoxville 184,465 178,202 6,263 3.5%
56 Dayton 7,341 7,118 223 3.1%
57 Tullahoma 19,037 18,561 476 2.6%
58 Morristown 29,446 28,749 697 2.4%
59 Clinton 9,961 9,744 217 2.2%
60 East Ridge 21,193 20,778 415 2.0%
61 Fayetteville 6,976 6,842 134 2.0%
62 Lawrenceburg 10,614 10,423 191 1.8%
63 Henderson 6,237 6,141 96 1.6%
64 Jefferson City 8,220 8,096 124 1.5%
65 Germantown 39,230 38,655 575 1.5%
66 Lexington 7,731 7,641 90 1.2%
67 Bristol 26,668 26,427 241 0.9%
68 Mcminnville 13,591 13,473 118 0.9%
69 Church Hill 6,686 6,630 56 0.8%
70 Red Bank 11,744 11,661 83 0.7%
71 Mount Carmel 5,386 5,349 37 0.7%
72 Sweetwater 5,842 5,807 35 0.6%
73 Athens 13,559 13,491 68 0.5%
74 Winchester 8,467 8,430 37 0.4%
75 Oak Ridge 29,009 28,925 84 0.3%
76 Memphis 654,723 654,876 -153 -0.0%
77 Paris 10,059 10,083 -24 -0.2%
78 Savannah 6,977 7,011 -34 -0.5%
79 Kingston 5,812 5,864 -52 -0.9%
80 Milan 7,715 7,796 -81 -1.0%
81 Covington 8,921 9,016 -95 -1.1%
82 Greeneville 14,895 15,189 -294 -1.9%
83 Martin 10,797 11,083 -286 -2.6%
84 Ripley 8,148 8,372 -224 -2.7%
85 Erwin 5,921 6,090 -169 -2.8%
86 Pulaski 7,653 7,895 -242 -3.1%
87 Rockwood 5,415 5,592 -177 -3.2%
88 Dyersburg 16,666 17,213 -547 -3.2%
89 Newport 6,780 7,023 -243 -3.5%
90 Elizabethton 13,796 14,306 -510 -3.6%
91 Union City 10,479 10,896 -417 -3.8%
92 Humboldt 8,155 8,582 -427 -5.0%
93 Harriman 6,153 6,503 -350 -5.4%
94 Brownsville 9,829 10,392 -563 -5.4%
95 La Follette 6,983 7,585 -602 -7.9%
96 Bolivar 5,037 5,551 -514 -9.3%

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