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Safest Cities in Tennessee

  • Population

    6,771,631

  • Avg Annual Rent

    $10,371

  • Avg Household Income

    $51,077

  • Cost of Living

    21.30%

  • Violent Crime Rate

    9.2

  • Property Crime Rate

    294.7

  • Primary Care Ranking

    31

  • Mental Health Provider

    45

Tennessee is located in the southeast of the U.S., stretching 432 miles from the Mississippi River in the west to the Appalachian Mountains in the east. The state is known for its unique geography and natural beauty. One of the top places to visit is The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is the most visited national park in the U.S. Tennessee is also well known for its musical history, being a key state in the careers of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. Visitors can explore Graceland and the Elvis Presley Memphis Complex, which is one of the top attractions in Memphis. Given its growing population of almost 7 million people and plenty of great towns to choose from, let’s take a look at which cities in Tennessee are the safest.

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Tennessee

How We Determined the Safest Cities in Tennessee

We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.

Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:

*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).

  • Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
  • Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
  • Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
  • Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)

Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:

  • Annual rent – Annualized median rent
  • Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
  • Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
  • Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
  • Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
  • Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance

20 Safest Cities in Tennessee

No. 1 Germantown

The first city on this list is located just a few miles outside of Memphis. Germantown has a strong equestrian heritage and hosts several seasonal horse shows. Popular activities in Germantown include trekking by Wolf River, watching a play at the Germantown Community Theatre or visiting the Germantown Depot to see the old railroad. Germantown benefits from having the highest household income average on the list but also has the second-highest annual rent. 

95 out of 100

Public Safety

89 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
2.04191 (3rd)5.615253 (2nd)154.4195 (3rd)0.255239 (2nd)0.255239 (2nd)1.020955 (20th)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16656 (1st)116585 (1st)0.033 (17th)0.009 (20th)0.009 (19th)0.141 (18th)

No. 2 Maryville

Maryville can be found in eastern Tennessee, south of Knoxville and close to the Tennessee River. This city is well known for being the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park which makes it an ideal spot for tourists. The city also has the Blount County Historical Museum, the Cades Cove Museum and several state parks to explore. 

89 out of 100

Public Safety

74 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
3.107627 (4th)13.12109 (5th)165.7401 (5th)0.690584 (9th)0.690584 (9th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9912 (10th)59407 (6th)0.055 (9th)0.087 (15th)0.023 (11th)0.211 (17th)

No. 3 Spring Hill

Spring Hill is a popular suburban town in which to live, with a population of just over 31,000 people. The city is home to historic homes and rustic Tennessee countryside but is just a short distance from the busy city of Nashville. Spring Hill has a fairly high average household income, but the average annual rent is the highest on this list. 

83 out of 100

Public Safety

80 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
1.209073 (2nd)9.188954 (3rd)107.8493 (2nd)0.96463 (10th)0.96463 (10th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16284 (2nd)89054 (2nd)0.03 (18th)0.018 (19th)0.019 (13th)0.379 (7th)

No. 4 Mount Juliet

Located just outside Nashville, Mount Juliet sits beside the Cumberland River and the Percy Priest Lake. Visitors can enjoy a cruise across Percy Priest Lake, explore nature at the Long Hunter State Park or play some rounds at the Pine Creek Golf Course. Mount Juliet has one of the lowest unemployment rates in Tennessee and a high household income average. 

83 out of 100

Public Safety

76 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
7.692942 (10th)12.08891 (4th)173.0912 (6th)0.549496 (6th)0.549496 (6th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16272 (3rd)84678 (3rd)0.027 (19th)0.068 (17th)0.018 (15th)0.325 (11th)

No. 5 Bartlett

Approximately 17 minutes from downtown Memphis, Bartlett is a popular suburb in which to live, offering a quieter pace of life than the busy city of Memphis. Bartlett hosts a number of popular annual city events including the Bartlett Festival, Christmas Parade, Children’s Fishing Rodeo and the Fireworks Extravaganza. Visitors can explore some of the city’s several parks including the Bobby K. Flaherty Municipal Center park. 

78 out of 100

Public Safety

73 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
7.911526 (11th)24.07124 (7th)188.3616 (8th)0.673321 (8th)0.673321 (8th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
16188 (4th)83746 (4th)0.042 (15th)0.056 (18th)0.018 (15th)0.272 (13th)

No. 6 Dandridge

Dandridge sits in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains, overlooking Douglas Lake. Dandridge is one of the oldest towns in Tennessee and its downtown area is a registered National Historic District. The city has one of the lowest populations on this list, with just under 3,000 people. It also benefits from low annual rent and a low unemployment rate. 

82 out of 100

Public Safety

65 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
6.709158 (9th)3.354579 (1st)244.8843 (9th)3.354579 (19th)3.354579 (19th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9900 (11th)48077 (12th)0.041 (16th)0.086 (16th)0.066 (3rd)0.085 (20th)

No. 7 Greenbrier

Greenbrier is a small city, located in between Nashville and the Kentucky border. The city has a population of just under 7,000 people and offers a quiet break from city life. As one of the entrances to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Greenbrier is also a popular tourist spot. 

86 out of 100

Public Safety

59 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
4.348456 (5th)30.43919 (9th)97.11552 (1st)1.449485 (13th)1.449485 (13th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11460 (7th)52436 (11th)0.057 (8th)0.088 (14th)0.035 (8th)0.368 (8th)

No. 8 Munford

Munford is a city north of Memphis, sitting beside the Mississippi River. Visitors to Munford can explore the nearby Glenn Springs Lake, which is a popular fishing spot, or head to the Tipton County Museum to learn about local military history. Munford has low crime rates and a reasonable average rent. However, it has the highest unemployment rate on our list. 

71 out of 100

Public Safety

67 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
11.49425 (14th)32.84072 (10th)185.5501 (7th)1.642036 (14th)1.642036 (14th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
10200 (9th)73364 (5th)0.101 (2nd)0.117 (12th)0.032 (10th)0.126 (19th)

No. 9 Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge is a small city with plenty of history. This city is known for its World War II history as part of the Manhattan Project. Interested visitors and locals can take a trip to the American Museum of Science & Energy or the Manhattan Project National Historical Park to learn more. Besides historical sites, visitors and residents can enjoy a bit of nature at Haw Ridge Park or the Melton Lake Greenway.

66 out of 100

Public Safety

64 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
11.69711 (15th)44.72426 (13th)252.52 (10th)1.151499 (11th)1.151499 (11th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9120 (14th)53395 (9th)0.063 (6th)0.135 (10th)0.023 (11th)0.453 (5th)

No. 10 Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro is best known for its history in the American Civil War. Over 6,000 Union soldiers are buried in the city at Stones River Cemetery. The city is also home to the Stones River National Battlefield, a Civil War memorial park that spans over 570 acres. 

67 out of 100

Public Safety

63 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
13.85908 (18th)29.70818 (8th)313.9259 (12th)0.355361 (4th)0.355361 (4th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11964 (6th)58391 (7th)0.055 (9th)0.096 (13th)0.014 (17th)0.269 (14th)

No. 11 Greeneville

Greeneville is an old town in northeastern Tennessee, home to several museums and historic sites. The city has lots of Civil War history, including eight different Civil War trails for people to learn more about the area and its history. Greeneville has low crime levels and low rental costs but also has high unemployment rates and low incomes. 

72 out of 100

Public Safety

48 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
4.708415 (6th)39.01258 (11th)427.7931 (16th)2.017892 (15th)2.017892 (15th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
6684 (20th)34296 (17th)0.071 (5th)0.146 (8th)0.061 (4th)0.557 (4th)

No. 12 Elizabethton

Elizabethton is a picturesque town in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains. The city is popular with hiking, fishing and nature enthusiasts due to its proximity to the mountains and the Cherokee National Forest. The city has a population of just over 13,000 people and low annual rents. However, its average household income is fairly low as well.  

66 out of 100

Public Safety

49 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
5.857802 (7th)39.54016 (12th)497.9132 (19th)2.196676 (16th)2.196676 (16th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7524 (19th)36174 (16th)0.05 (11th)0.184 (6th)0.034 (9th)0.447 (6th)

No. 13 Algood

Algood is known for its natural beauty and close proximity to natural spots such as Center Hill Lake, Fall Creek Falls State Park and the Cummins Falls State Park, making the city popular with boating, fishing and hiking enthusiasts. Algood has a low population of just 4,517 people, low crime rates and low average rental prices. 

71 out of 100

Public Safety

41 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
8.855435 (13th)19.92473 (6th)338.7204 (13th)2.213859 (17th)2.213859 (17th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7932 (15th)33867 (18th)0.02 (20th)0.232 (2nd)0.155 (1st)1 (1st)

No. 14 Whitwell

Whitwell is 24 miles away from Chattanooga but has a few popular attractions and must-see sights of its own. The city is known best for the Paper Clips Project, a Holocaust memorial started by children in 1998 to show how much six million was in relation to the Holocaust victims as a silent protest. The tour of the memorial and project can be seen at Whitwell Middle School.

81 out of 100

Public Safety

29 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
0 (1st)46.89332 (15th)164.1266 (4th)5.861665 (20nd)5.861665 (20nd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7932 (15th)32070 (19th)0.062 (7th)0.23 (3rd)0.11 (2nd)0.622 (3rd)

No. 15 Sevierville

Sevierville sits just north of Pigeon Forge. The city is home to several attractions such as the Tennessee Museum of Aviation, Rainforest Adventures Discovery Zoo and the NASCAR Speedpark. Further afield, visitors can head towards the Great Smoky Mountains National Park for hiking or exploring the caverns beneath the mountains. 

63 out of 100

Public Safety

47 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
8.824048 (12th)45.29678 (14th)490.0288 (17th)0.58827 (7th)0.58827 (7th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9180 (13th)40780 (14th)0.043 (14th)0.214 (4th)0.053 (6th)0.757 (2nd)

No. 16 Clarksville

Clarksville is best known for the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center,  the second largest museum in Tennessee. The 35,000 square foot building was originally a post office, but now has a sculpture garden and a number of exhibits Showcasing sports, the history of Clarksville and a porcelain collection.

48 out of 100

Public Safety

55 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
14.4627 (19th)52.15533 (16th)288.8701 (11th)0.255977 (3rd)0.255977 (3rd)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
11352 (8th)53007 (10th)0.072 (4th)0.121 (11th)0.012 (18th)0.265 (15th)

No. 17 Alcoa

Alcoa is a small town next to Maryville in eastern Tennessee. Located next to the McGhee Tyson airport, Alcoa has great transport links. Places to visit in Alcoa include Fort Loudoun Lake, Pistol Creek and the Maryville-Alcoa Greenway trail which is a popular nine-mile nature trail. Alcoa has low crime rates and a low average annual rent for residents. 

48 out of 100

Public Safety

53 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
13.32572 (17th)64.72492 (18th)491.1479 (18th)2.855511 (18th)2.855511 (18th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
9420 (12th)42255 (13th)0.049 (12th)0.146 (8th)0.048 (7th)0.303 (12th)

No. 18 Nashville

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee. It’s best known for the Grand Ole Opry House and Vanderbilt University. Nashville is also home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Other popular attractions include the Ryman Auditorium and Tootsies Orchid Lounge. 

44 out of 100

Public Safety

57 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
39.14102 (20th)72.16399 (19th)401.1263 (15th)0.072834 (1st)0.072834 (1st)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
12396 (5th)55873 (8th)0.046 (13th)0.15 (7th)0.006 (20th)0.336 (10th)

No. 19 Kingsport

Kingsport is another great spot for nature lovers. With attractions such as Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium, Warriors’ Path State Park and the Kingsport Greenbelt, it’s a popular spot for hiking trails. The city also has plenty of historic sites, galleries and museums to explore as well as family-friendly activities such as the Kingsport Carousel & Park and the Kingsport Aquatic Center.

41 out of 100

Public Safety

51 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
12.7186 (16th)62.84485 (17th)523.8941 (20th)0.395531 (5th)0.395531 (5th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7812 (17th)40100 (15th)0.075 (3rd)0.193 (5th)0.019 (13th)0.353 (9th)

No. 20 Ripley

According to their municipal website, Ripley was named one of 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns by Newsmax. The city’s downtown area has a lot to look forward to including the W.G.L. Rice Park, restaurants and a town square that was recently renovated as a part of an $8 million project. 

59 out of 100

Public Safety

26 out of 100

Financial Safety

Public Safety

Total Violent CrimeAggravated AssaultProperty CrimeHate CrimeOfficer IncidentMass Shootings
6.268021 (8th)81.48427 (20th)387.3637 (14th)1.253604 (12th)1.253604 (12th)0 (1st)

Financial Safety

Annual RentHousehold IncomeUnemployment RatePovertyUninsured EmployedUninsured Unemployed
7632 (18th)31209 (20th)0.12 (1st)0.294 (1st)0.058 (5th)0.264 (16th)

Tennessee State Safety

Natural Disaster Safety

Tennessee is ranked fairly low in the Insurance Journal’s list of states most at risk of natural disasters, coming in 31st place. The natural disasters most likely to occur in Tennessee include severe storms, floods, wildfires and tornadoes. Tennessee has a higher tornado index than the U.S. average. One of the most recent natural disasters in Tennessee was the Nashville flood in 2010. This flood displaced 10,000 people from their homes, killed 26 people and cost more than $2 billion in private property damage.

31

Natural Disaster


Health Safety

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tennessee’s leading causes of deaths are heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease. The state has been ranked as 38th in the country for its high number of drug-related deaths and comes in 25th place for its level of air pollution. Tennessee scores quite low for its number of mental health care providers, coming in 45th place. Only Georgia, Arizona, West Virginia, Texas and Alabama score lower. Tennessee’s access to primary care physicians is a bit better, with the state coming in 31st place in the country.

42 out of 100

Health Safety

Top 25 Safest Cities in Tennessee

City Population Public Safety Ranking Financial Safety Ranking Rank