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:
- Mount Juliet (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Spring Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Collegedale (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Nolensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Oakland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Murfreesboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Franklin (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Atoka (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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]
1. Mount Juliet
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
Population: 34,364 Population 2010: 25,415
Growth Rate: 35.21%
Absolute Growth: 8,949
More on Spring Hill: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
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.
Population: 6,724 Population 2010: 5,351
Growth Rate: 25.66%
Absolute Growth: 1,373
More on Nolensville: Homes For Sale | Data
Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census.
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.
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.
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.
Population: 8,917 Population 2010: 7,629
Growth Rate: 16.88%
Absolute Growth: 1,288
More on Atoka: Homes For Sale | Data
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.
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:
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Tennessee
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Tennessee
- These Are The 10 Best Counties To Live In Tennessee
Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Tennessee