Fastest Growing Cities In Tennessee For 2020


We used data and science to determine the places in Tennessee everyone wants to move to today.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth 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 Nashville and Memphis, while others want peace and quiet like in Bolivar and Lafayette, 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 2020 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Tennessee for 2020? Based on the most recent ACS data, Mount Juliet ranks as the fastest growing city in Tennessee. 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.

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.

For more Tennessee state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Tennessee For 2020

Mount Juliet, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 32,882
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 21,922
Percent Growth 50.0%
Absolute Growth: 10,960
More on Mount Juliet: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Spring Hill, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 37,830
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 25,415
Percent Growth 48.8%
Absolute Growth: 12,415
More on Spring Hill: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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: 7,656
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,351
Percent Growth 43.1%
Absolute Growth: 2,305
More on Nolensville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census.

Collegedale, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,256
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 7,937
Percent Growth 41.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,319
More on Collegedale: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Oakland, TN

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,707
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,815
Percent Growth 32.5%
Absolute Growth: 1,892
More on Oakland: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Murfreesboro, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 130,968
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 102,602
Percent Growth 27.6%
Absolute Growth: 28,366
More on Murfreesboro: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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 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.

Smyrna, TN

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 48,361
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 38,102
Percent Growth 26.9%
Absolute Growth: 10,259
More on Smyrna: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Franklin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 75,366
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Population 2010: 59,905
Percent Growth 25.8%
Absolute Growth: 15,461
More on Franklin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

Lebanon, TN

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,592
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Population 2010: 25,188
Percent Growth 25.4%
Absolute Growth: 6,404
More on Lebanon: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

Lebanon is the county seat of Wilson County, Tennessee, United States.

Gallatin, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 36,139
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Population 2010: 29,084
Percent Growth 24.3%
Absolute Growth: 7,055
More on Gallatin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

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.

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Volunteer State for 2020

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

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

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:

[Current Population - 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 Graph For 2020

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Tennessee, 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!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. Bolivar
  2. La Follette
  3. Brownsville

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Tennessee For 2020

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Mount Juliet 50.0% 32,882 21,922
2 Spring Hill 48.8% 37,830 25,415
3 Nolensville 43.1% 7,656 5,351
4 Collegedale 41.8% 11,256 7,937
5 Oakland 32.5% 7,707 5,815
6 Murfreesboro 27.6% 130,968 102,602
7 Smyrna 26.9% 48,361 38,102
8 Franklin 25.8% 75,366 59,905
9 Lebanon 25.4% 31,592 25,188
10 Gallatin 24.3% 36,139 29,084

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