These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Tennessee For 2018


We analyzed over 105 places in Tennessee to determine where the 1% live.

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Brentwood, Arlington, Nolensville: These cities aren’t just some of the best places to live in Tennessee. They are also home to some of the richest people in the Volunteer State.

Brentwood in particular houses the richest residents in the state thanks, in part, to a median household income of $148,340 and a ridiculously low poverty rate of 2.8%.

If you’re thinking of moving to one of these towns, you’ll probably need to start saving. The richest places in Tennessee share common characteristics such as having a genius level populous, sky high home prices, and a Pleasantville level of married couples.

How did we come up with these mega wealthy cities? We analyzed Census data from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey for the 97 places in Tennessee with more than 5,000 people.

At the end of the day, here’s the set of the 10 richest places in Tennessee for 2018:

  1. Brentwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Arlington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Nolensville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lakeland (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Germantown (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Collierville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Signal Mountain (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Spring Hill (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Farragut (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Atoka (Photos | Homes For Sale)

For more on how we calculated the top ten, read on or skip to the end for the full list of the richest cities in Tennessee.

Rich people not your cup of tea? Feel free to check out the best places to live in Tennessee or the poorest.

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How We Determined The Richest Places In Tennessee For 2018

The first thing that comes to most people’s minds when they think about determining the richest places is to simply identify personal incomes. After all, rich people have really high salaries.

However, we don’t believe that one statistic wholly encompasses what it means to be one of the ‘richest places’. So we looked at this set of criteria from the newly released 2012-2016 American Community Survey:

  • Poverty Level
  • Median Household Income
  • Unemployment Rate

Median household income is the most digestible way to understand how rich a place really is. The unemployment rate tries to capture the prospects for more people to become rich. If more people are employed, the richer the future looks.

After we collected the data for all 97 places with more than 5,000 people in Tennessee, we ranked each place from 1 to 97 for each of the criteria, with 1 being the richest.

We then averaged all the rankings for a place into a ‘Rich Score’ with the place having the lowest overall Rich Score, Brentwood, crowned the ‘Richest Place In Tennessee For 2018’.

You can learn more about the top ten below or skip to the end to see the rankings for all 97 places.

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1. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee

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Population: 40,873
Median Income: $148,340
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Brentwood: Homes For Sale | Data
Brentwood is a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee; located in Williamson County, it is known for its rolling hills as well as being one of the wealthiest cities in America relative to average cost of living. The population was 37,060 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, and estimated at 40,982 in 2014.

2. Arlington

Arlington, Tennessee

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Population: 11,599
Median Income: $96,363
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Arlington: Homes For Sale | Data
Arlington is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee. The population was 2,569 at the 2000 census and 11,517 at the 2010 census, for a gain of 348.3% during the decade. The 2010 US Census shows that Arlington is the 2nd fastest growing community in the State of Tennessee. It is one of seven municipalities in Shelby County.

3. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Population: 6,724
Median Income: $110,087
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Nolensville: Homes For Sale | Data
Nolensville is a town in Williamson County, Tennessee. The population was 5,861 at the 2010 census.

4. Lakeland

Lakeland, Tennessee

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Population: 12,541
Median Income: $100,321
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Lakeland: Homes For Sale | Data
Lakeland is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, and a suburb of Memphis. The population was 12,430 at the 2010 census.

5. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee

Source: Public domain

Population: 39,213
Median Income: $107,376
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Germantown: Homes For Sale | Data
Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.

6. Collierville

Collierville, Tennessee

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Population: 48,005
Median Income: $110,591
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Collierville: Homes For Sale | Data
Collierville is a town in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States, and a suburb located in the Memphis metropolitan area. The town had a population of 43,965 at the 2010 census.

7. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Population: 8,500
Median Income: $98,665
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Signal Mountain: Homes For Sale | Data
Signal Mountain is a town in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The town is a suburb of Chattanooga and is located on Walden Ridge, a land mass often mistakenly referred to as ‘Signal Mountain’ itself. Signal Mountain is also used as a colloquial name for part of the Walden Ridge close to the town. The town population was 7,554 as of the 2010 census. The population for zip code 37377 was 15,310 as of the 2010 census.

8. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Population: 34,364
Median Income: $78,525
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
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.

9. Farragut

Farragut, Tennessee

Population: 21,690
Median Income: $109,171
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Farragut: Homes For Sale | Data
Farragut is a town which straddles both Knox and Loudon counties in Tennessee and is a suburb of Knoxville. The town’s population was 20,676 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Knoxville Metropolitan Area. The town is named in honor of American Civil War Admiral David Farragut, who was born just east of Farragut at Campbell’s Station in 1801.

10. Atoka

Atoka, Tennessee

Population: 8,917
Median Income: $87,047
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
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.

There You Have It – The Wealthiest Places In Tennessee For 2018

Like we said earlier, when we set out to identify the richest places in Tennessee, we weren’t sure what we’d encounter, but it ended up being some of the best places to live in Tennessee.

When you look at the data, the cities and places mentioned above meet the criteria for being at the very top of the income ladder for everyone that lives there.

If you’re curious enough, here are the poorest cities in Tennessee, according to data:

Poorest: Newport
2nd Poorest: Savannah
3rd Poorest: Ripley

For more Tennessee reading , check out:

  • 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee
  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Tennessee
  • 10 Best Places To Live In Tennessee
  • Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Tennessee

    City Rank Median Income
    Brentwood 1 $148,340
    Arlington 2 $96,363
    Nolensville 3 $110,087
    Lakeland 4 $100,321
    Germantown 5 $107,376
    Collierville 6 $110,591
    Signal Mountain 7 $98,665
    Spring Hill 8 $78,525
    Farragut 9 $109,171
    Atoka 10 $87,047
    Mount Juliet 11 $77,965
    Franklin 12 $88,961
    Bartlett 13 $81,583
    White House 14 $71,415
    Collegedale 15 $52,165
    Hendersonville 16 $63,503
    Oakland 17 $70,893
    Millersville 18 $60,143
    Jonesborough 19 $46,929
    Fairview 20 $60,200
    Smyrna 21 $55,557
    Maryville 22 $53,090
    Mount Carmel 23 $47,045
    Kingston 24 $45,575
    La Vergne 25 $55,644
    East Ridge 26 $39,340
    Gallatin 27 $49,041
    Pigeon Forge 28 $34,949
    Manchester 29 $46,594
    Murfreesboro 30 $53,241
    Clinton 31 $41,078
    Portland 32 $47,747
    Munford 33 $64,226
    Nashville 34 $49,891
    Hartsville/Trousdale County 35 $47,667
    Goodlettsville 36 $52,464
    Soddy-Daisy 37 $41,379
    Dunlap 38 $38,074
    Church Hill 39 $42,271
    Greenbrier 40 $46,895
    Clarksville 41 $48,675
    Lebanon 42 $43,003
    Oak Ridge 43 $48,197
    Dickson 44 $40,488
    Humboldt 45 $35,166
    Red Bank 46 $37,770
    Tullahoma 47 $38,665
    Johnson City 48 $40,370
    Alcoa 49 $37,007
    Millington 50 $47,823
    Bristol 51 $38,985
    Kingsport 52 $39,463
    Chattanooga 53 $41,278
    Springfield 54 $43,862
    Lexington 55 $47,702
    Winchester 56 $40,902
    Loudon 57 $33,346
    Jackson 58 $39,747
    Sevierville 59 $37,784
    Shelbyville 60 $35,620
    Sweetwater 61 $38,948
    Columbia 62 $38,964
    Greeneville 63 $30,671
    Elizabethton 64 $30,649
    Knoxville 65 $34,556
    Cleveland 66 $39,151
    Sparta 67 $29,799
    Pulaski 68 $30,000
    Jefferson City 69 $32,542
    Milan 70 $35,750
    Dyersburg 71 $35,699
    Lewisburg 72 $35,035
    Mcminnville 73 $30,136
    Dayton 74 $31,365
    Lenoir City 75 $36,646
    Paris 76 $31,711
    Brownsville 77 $28,095
    Lawrenceburg 78 $30,247
    Memphis 79 $36,975
    Covington 80 $31,791
    Rockwood 81 $29,003
    Morristown 82 $31,259
    Union City 83 $34,712
    Mckenzie 84 $30,968
    Henderson 85 $34,087
    Cookeville 86 $29,901
    Athens 87 $29,253
    Fayetteville 88 $31,601
    Crossville 89 $26,675
    La Follette 90 $26,920
    Martin 91 $31,095
    Harriman 92 $26,280
    Bolivar 93 $31,449
    Erwin 94 $29,497
    Ripley 95 $26,266
    Savannah 96 $27,021
    Newport 97 $22,417

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