These Are The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Tennessee For 2018


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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 Dunlap, 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 2018 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. Atoka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Lebanon (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 2016
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to 2016 (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2017)

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 2016 – 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: 29,853
Population 2010: 21,922
Growth Rate: 36.18%
Absolute Growth: 7,931
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: 34,364
Population 2010: 25,415
Growth Rate: 35.21%
Absolute Growth: 8,949
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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: 10,438
Population 2010: 7,937
Growth Rate: 31.51%
Absolute Growth: 2,501
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: 6,724
Population 2010: 5,351
Growth Rate: 25.66%
Absolute Growth: 1,373
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Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census.

5. Oakland

Oakland, Tennessee

Population: 7,270
Population 2010: 5,815
Growth Rate: 25.02%
Absolute Growth: 1,455
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6. Smyrna

Smyrna, Tennessee

Population: 45,369
Population 2010: 38,102
Growth Rate: 19.07%
Absolute Growth: 7,267
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: 122,007
Population 2010: 102,602
Growth Rate: 18.91%
Absolute Growth: 19,405
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: 70,625
Population 2010: 59,905
Growth Rate: 17.9%
Absolute Growth: 10,720
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. Atoka

Atoka, Tennessee

Population: 8,917
Population 2010: 7,629
Growth Rate: 16.88%
Absolute Growth: 1,288
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Atoka /.to.k/ 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.

10. Lebanon

Lebanon, Tennessee

Source: Public domain

Population: 29,439
Population 2010: 25,188
Growth Rate: 16.88%
Absolute Growth: 4,251
More on Lebanon: Homes For Sale | Data
Lebanon /lbnn/ is the county seat of Wilson County, Tennessee, United States.

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 2016 Pop 2010 Growth % Growth
1 Mount Juliet 29,853 21,922 7,931 36.2%
2 Spring Hill 34,364 25,415 8,949 35.2%
3 Collegedale 10,438 7,937 2,501 31.5%
4 Nolensville 6,724 5,351 1,373 25.7%
5 Oakland 7,270 5,815 1,455 25.0%
6 Smyrna 45,369 38,102 7,267 19.1%
7 Murfreesboro 122,007 102,602 19,405 18.9%
8 Franklin 70,625 59,905 10,720 17.9%
9 Atoka 8,917 7,629 1,288 16.9%
10 Lebanon 29,439 25,188 4,251 16.9%
11 Arlington 11,599 9,925 1,674 16.9%
12 Clarksville 146,281 126,148 20,133 16.0%
13 Brentwood 40,873 35,331 5,542 15.7%
14 Gallatin 33,426 29,084 4,342 14.9%
15 Collierville 48,005 41,983 6,022 14.3%
16 Signal Mountain 8,500 7,481 1,019 13.6%
17 La Vergne 34,451 30,367 4,084 13.4%
18 White House 10,944 9,764 1,180 12.1%
19 Sevierville 16,213 14,477 1,736 12.0%
20 Hendersonville 55,073 49,725 5,348 10.8%
21 Bartlett 58,318 52,754 5,564 10.5%
22 Portland 12,125 10,973 1,152 10.5%
23 Kingsport 52,871 47,852 5,019 10.5%
24 Fairview 8,271 7,500 771 10.3%
25 Nashville 643,771 587,790 55,981 9.5%
26 Goodlettsville 16,848 15,448 1,400 9.1%
27 Lakeland 12,541 11,503 1,038 9.0%
28 Cookeville 32,256 29,722 2,534 8.5%
29 Loudon 5,701 5,273 428 8.1%
30 Millersville 6,602 6,111 491 8.0%
31 Greenbrier 6,684 6,195 489 7.9%
32 Farragut 21,690 20,154 1,536 7.6%
33 Mckenzie 5,650 5,254 396 7.5%
34 Jonesborough 5,234 4,875 359 7.4%
35 Lenoir City 8,965 8,360 605 7.2%
36 Millington 11,069 10,351 718 6.9%
37 Alcoa 9,058 8,473 585 6.9%
38 Cleveland 43,276 40,507 2,769 6.8%
39 Chattanooga 175,462 164,481 10,981 6.7%
40 Crossville 11,308 10,625 683 6.4%
41 Soddy-Daisy 13,162 12,393 769 6.2%
42 Johnson City 65,415 61,758 3,657 5.9%
43 Shelbyville 20,916 19,769 1,147 5.8%
44 Henderson 6,491 6,141 350 5.7%
45 Dickson 15,098 14,299 799 5.6%
46 Manchester 10,387 9,899 488 4.9%
47 Columbia 36,130 34,482 1,648 4.8%
48 Dunlap 5,065 4,843 222 4.6%
49 Maryville 28,151 26,925 1,226 4.6%
50 Pigeon Forge 6,092 5,831 261 4.5%
51 Jackson 67,162 64,418 2,744 4.3%
52 Munford 6,025 5,779 246 4.3%
53 Lewisburg 11,376 10,953 423 3.9%
54 Sparta 5,063 4,891 172 3.5%
55 Springfield 16,650 16,097 553 3.4%
56 Tullahoma 19,185 18,561 624 3.4%
57 Knoxville 183,927 178,202 5,725 3.2%
58 Hartsville/Trousdale County 7,970 7,751 219 2.8%
59 Jefferson City 8,324 8,096 228 2.8%
60 Fayetteville 7,033 6,842 191 2.8%
61 Dayton 7,308 7,118 190 2.7%
62 East Ridge 21,311 20,778 533 2.6%
63 Clinton 9,993 9,744 249 2.6%
64 Morristown 29,395 28,749 646 2.2%
65 Lexington 7,796 7,641 155 2.0%
66 Germantown 39,213 38,655 558 1.4%
67 Lawrenceburg 10,573 10,423 150 1.4%
68 Mount Carmel 5,425 5,349 76 1.4%
69 Mcminnville 13,664 13,473 191 1.4%
70 Church Hill 6,723 6,630 93 1.4%
71 Oak Ridge 29,285 28,925 360 1.2%
72 Sweetwater 5,877 5,807 70 1.2%
73 Athens 13,651 13,491 160 1.2%
74 Bristol 26,734 26,427 307 1.2%
75 Red Bank 11,794 11,661 133 1.1%
76 Winchester 8,504 8,430 74 0.9%
77 Paris 10,168 10,083 85 0.8%
78 Savannah 7,043 7,011 32 0.5%
79 Memphis 655,857 654,876 981 0.1%
80 Milan 7,803 7,796 7 0.1%
81 Covington 9,016 9,016 0 0.0%
82 Kingston 5,841 5,864 -23 -0.4%
83 Martin 10,989 11,083 -94 -0.8%
84 Greeneville 15,035 15,189 -154 -1.0%
85 Ripley 8,249 8,372 -123 -1.5%
86 Erwin 5,998 6,090 -92 -1.5%
87 Dyersburg 16,867 17,213 -346 -2.0%
88 Elizabethton 14,012 14,306 -294 -2.1%
89 Pulaski 7,728 7,895 -167 -2.1%
90 Newport 6,856 7,023 -167 -2.4%
91 Union City 10,621 10,896 -275 -2.5%
92 Rockwood 5,443 5,592 -149 -2.7%
93 Humboldt 8,254 8,582 -328 -3.8%
94 Harriman 6,223 6,503 -280 -4.3%
95 Brownsville 9,938 10,392 -454 -4.4%
96 La Follette 7,131 7,585 -454 -6.0%
97 Bolivar 5,154 5,551 -397 -7.2%

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