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 some more reading about Tennessee:

How We Determined The Richest Places In Tennessee For 2018

Map Of The Richest Places To Live In Tennessee
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.

Brentwood, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 40,873.0
Median Income: $148,340.0
Unemployment Rate: 2.8%
Poverty Rate: 2.8%
More on Brentwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Arlington, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,599.0
Median Income: $96,363.0
Unemployment Rate: 1.4%
Poverty Rate: 1.7%
More on Arlington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Nolensville, TN

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 6,724.0
Median Income: $110,087.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Nolensville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Lakeland, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 12,541.0
Median Income: $100,321.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.4%
Poverty Rate: 3.8%
More on Lakeland: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lakeland is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, and a suburb of Memphis. The population was 12,430 at the 2010 census.

Germantown, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 39,213.0
Median Income: $107,376.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Poverty Rate: 4.4%
More on Germantown: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.

Collierville, TN

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Overall SnackAbility

9.5
/10

Population: 48,005.0
Median Income: $110,591.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.8%
Poverty Rate: 5.4%
More on Collierville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Signal Mountain, TN

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 8,500.0
Median Income: $98,665.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
More on Signal Mountain: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Spring Hill, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 34,364.0
Median Income: $78,525.0
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%
Poverty Rate: 3.5%
More on Spring Hill: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Farragut, TN

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 21,690.0
Median Income: $109,171.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Poverty Rate: 4.1%
More on Farragut: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Atoka, TN

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 8,917.0
Median Income: $87,047.0
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%
Poverty Rate: 5.9%
More on Atoka: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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:

Detailed List Of The Richest Cities In Tennessee

Rank City RichScore Median Income
1 Brentwood 2.0 $148,340
2 Arlington 3.67 $96,363
3 Nolensville 5.67 $110,087
4 Lakeland 5.67 $100,321
5 Germantown 7.0 $107,376
6 Collierville 7.17 $110,591
7 Signal Mountain 7.5 $98,665
8 Spring Hill 7.67 $78,525
9 Farragut 10.0 $109,171
10 Atoka 11.67 $87,047
11 Mount Juliet 12.83 $77,965
12 Franklin 13.0 $88,961
13 Bartlett 13.33 $81,583
14 White House 15.0 $71,415
15 Collegedale 16.83 $52,165
16 Hendersonville 17.17 $63,503
17 Oakland 18.33 $70,893
18 Millersville 19.33 $60,143
19 Jonesborough 21.5 $46,929
20 Fairview 22.17 $60,200
21 Smyrna 25.17 $55,557
22 Maryville 27.67 $53,090
23 Mount Carmel 29.33 $47,045
24 Kingston 29.5 $45,575
25 La Vergne 29.5 $55,644
26 East Ridge 30.33 $39,340
27 Gallatin 30.5 $49,041
28 Pigeon Forge 30.67 $34,949
29 Manchester 32.5 $46,594
30 Murfreesboro 33.5 $53,241
31 Clinton 34.0 $41,078
32 Portland 34.17 $47,747
33 Munford 34.33 $64,226
34 Nashville 35.33 $49,891
35 Hartsville/trousdale County 38.67 $47,667
36 Goodlettsville 39.17 $52,464
37 Soddy-Daisy 40.17 $41,379
38 Dunlap 42.0 $38,074
39 Church Hill 43.0 $42,271
40 Greenbrier 44.0 $46,895
41 Clarksville 44.17 $48,675
42 Lebanon 44.17 $43,003
43 Oak Ridge 44.5 $48,197
44 Dickson 45.17 $40,488
45 Humboldt 47.0 $35,166
46 Red Bank 47.5 $37,770
47 Tullahoma 47.67 $38,665
48 Johnson City 47.83 $40,370
49 Alcoa 48.17 $37,007
50 Millington 49.17 $47,823
51 Bristol 49.17 $38,985
52 Kingsport 50.33 $39,463
53 Chattanooga 52.67 $41,278
54 Springfield 52.83 $43,862
55 Lexington 52.83 $47,702
56 Winchester 52.83 $40,902
57 Loudon 54.0 $33,346
58 Jackson 56.33 $39,747
59 Sevierville 57.17 $37,784
60 Shelbyville 58.17 $35,620
61 Sweetwater 59.17 $38,948
62 Columbia 60.83 $38,964
63 Greeneville 61.83 $30,671
64 Elizabethton 63.0 $30,649
65 Knoxville 64.0 $34,556
66 Cleveland 64.83 $39,151
67 Sparta 65.67 $29,799
68 Pulaski 65.83 $30,000
69 Jefferson City 66.17 $32,542
70 Milan 68.17 $35,750
71 Dyersburg 68.67 $35,699
72 Lewisburg 71.0 $35,035
73 Mcminnville 71.67 $30,136
74 Dayton 71.83 $31,365
75 Lenoir City 72.17 $36,646
76 Paris 72.5 $31,711
77 Brownsville 73.33 $28,095
78 Lawrenceburg 74.17 $30,247
79 Memphis 75.33 $36,975
80 Covington 76.0 $31,791
81 Rockwood 78.17 $29,003
82 Morristown 79.0 $31,259
83 Union City 81.0 $34,712
84 Mckenzie 81.67 $30,968
85 Henderson 83.17 $34,087
86 Cookeville 83.33 $29,901
87 Athens 84.67 $29,253
88 Fayetteville 85.0 $31,601
89 Crossville 85.67 $26,675
90 La Follette 86.33 $26,920
91 Martin 86.33 $31,095
92 Harriman 86.67 $26,280
93 Bolivar 87.67 $31,449
94 Erwin 91.83 $29,497
95 Ripley 94.33 $26,266
96 Savannah 94.67 $27,021
97 Newport 94.67 $22,417

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One thought on “These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Tennessee For 2018

  1. Brentwood is not a suburb of Nashville. It just borders Nashville but stands completely separate from Nashville. Antioch, Hermutage, and Bellevue are all suburbs of Nashville. They are all part of Nashville metro. However, Brentwood is a different city in a different county with a different government.

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