Safest Places to Live in Tennessee 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 Living

Tennessee is located in the southeast of the United States. The Appalachian Mountains are in the east of the state, while the Mississippi River forms the western border.

Like all other states who were a part of the Civil War in the 19th century, Tennessee has had a dynamic history. It was the last state to leave the Union and join Confederacy. Having been occupied by Union forces shortly thereafter, it was the first state to be admitted into the Union again.

Tennessee was mainly an agrarian economy, but this changed in the 20th century when manufacturing and tourism started developing. There are numerous tourist attractions in this state, such as The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a part of the Appalachian Trail. Tennessee has played a major role in developing rock and roll, blues, country, and rockabilly music, which is obvious when you walk through many Tennessee cities.

The capital and the largest city is Nashville, with a population of over 660,000. The second-largest city is Memphis, whose population is over 650,000, closely following Nashville.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those with a population under 5,000 were not included in the list.

30 Safest Places in Tennessee 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Church Hill 6 671 0 0,00
2 Oakland 8 323 1 0,12
3 Mount Carmel 5 295 2 0,38
4 Signal Mountain 8 605 4 0,46
5 Collegedale 11 929 10 0,84
6 Loudon 5 869 5 0,85
7 Brentwood 43 217 38 0,88
8 Germantown 39 127 36 0,92
9 Kingston 5 809 7 1,21
10 Spring Hill 43 303 53 1,22
11 Atoka 9 510 12 1,26
12 White House 12 822 19 1,48
13 Maryville 29 415 44 1,50
14 Mount Juliet 37 359 59 1,58
15 Franklin 83 517 138 1,65
16 Nolensville 9 488 16 1,69
17 Jefferson City 8 193 14 1,71
18 Hendersonville 58 388 100 1,71
19 Martin 10 488 18 1,72
20 Fairview 9 153 18 1,97
21 Collierville 51 273 119 2,32
22 Soddy-Daisy 13 818 33 2,39
23 Dayton 7 408 20 2,70
24 Gallatin 41 918 117 2,79
25 Munford 6 083 17 2,79
26 Paris 10 047 31 3,09
27 Goodlettsville 16 976 53 3,12
28 Bartlett 59 610 188 3,15
29 Portland 12 995 41 3,16
30 Greenbrier 6 887 23 3,34

Crime Score in All Cities in Tennessee 2021

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Tennessee cities.

We can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • 30,000 – 100,000 Residents
  • Over 100,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Clarksburg 376 0 0,00
2 Gibson 394 0 0,00
3 Hornbeak 394 0 0,00
4 Townsend 446 0 0,00
5 Gadsden 461 0 0,00
6 Henry 466 0 0,00
7 Calhoun 498 0 0,00
8 Big Sandy 522 0 0,00
9 Elkton 528 0 0,00
10 Saltillo 528 0 0,00
11 Minor Hill 532 0 0,00
12 Petersburg 564 0 0,00
13 Pittman Center 581 0 0,00
14 Middleton 637 0 0,00
15 Hollow Rock 675 0 0,00
16 Charleston 695 0 0,00
17 Eagleville 714 0 0,00
18 Huntland 839 0 0,00
19 Decaturville 860 0 0,00
20 Collinwood 939 0 0,00
21 Gainesboro 944 0 0,00
22 Rossville 950 0 0,00
23 Obion 1 042 0 0,00
24 Ardmore 1 229 0 0,00
25 Rutledge 1 352 0 0,00
26 Burns 1 456 0 0,00
27 Cross Plains 1 827 0 0,00
28 Lookout Mountain 1 866 0 0,00
29 Blaine 1 871 0 0,00
30 Piperton 1 887 0 0,00
31 Tusculum 2 805 0 0,00
32 Belle Meade 2 879 1 0,35
33 Kingston Springs 2 750 1 0,36
34 Mountain City 2 407 1 0,42
35 Ridgetop 2 079 1 0,48
36 Surgoinsville 1 772 1 0,56
37 Cowan 1 657 1 0,60
38 Watertown 1 519 1 0,66
39 Dresden 2 908 2 0,69
40 New Market 1 372 1 0,73
41 Clifton 2 665 2 0,75
42 White Pine 2 356 2 0,85
43 Rutherford 1 066 1 0,94
44 Plainview 2 126 2 0,94
45 Scotts Hill 977 1 1,02
46 Wartburg 896 1 1,12
47 Spencer 1 646 2 1,22
48 St. Joseph 814 1 1,23
49 Mason 1 549 2 1,29
50 Dover 1 489 2 1,34
51 Brighton 2 926 4 1,37
52 Caryville 2 146 3 1,40
53 Halls 2 079 3 1,44
54 Maury City 664 1 1,51
55 Gallaway 644 1 1,55
56 Erin 1 287 2 1,55
57 Whitwell 1 723 3 1,74
58 Dyer 2 204 4 1,81
59 New Johnsonville 1 900 4 2,11
60 Parsons 2 304 5 2,17
61 McEwen 1 733 4 2,31
62 Cornersville 1 271 3 2,36
63 Trezevant 842 2 2,38
64 Bluff City 1 661 4 2,41
65 Gordonsville 1 239 3 2,42
66 Westmoreland 2 431 6 2,47
67 New Tazewell 2 702 7 2,59
68 Jacksboro 1 919 5 2,61
69 Carthage 2 276 6 2,64
70 Tazewell 2 273 6 2,64
71 Baxter 1 514 4 2,64
72 Spring City 1 865 5 2,68
73 Niota 727 2 2,75
74 Celina 1 453 4 2,75
75 Adamsville 2 171 6 2,76
76 Bells 2 455 7 2,85
77 Bruceton 1 400 4 2,86
78 Wartrace 692 2 2,89
79 Maynardville 2 397 7 2,92
80 Toone 334 1 2,99
81 Puryear 666 2 3,00
82 Bradford 983 3 3,05
83 Monterey 2 888 9 3,12
84 Benton 1 258 4 3,18
85 Gates 621 2 3,22
86 Jellico 2 161 7 3,24
87 Trimble 613 2 3,26
88 Kenton 1 195 4 3,35
89 Kimball 1 421 5 3,52
90 Gleason 1 364 5 3,67
91 Pikeville 1 626 6 3,69
92 Norris 1 609 6 3,73
93 Grand Junction 266 1 3,76
94 Troy 1 317 5 3,80
95 Loretto 1 789 7 3,91
96 Chapel Hill 1 532 6 3,92
97 Alexandria 1 006 4 3,98
98 Ethridge 489 2 4,09
99 Greenfield 2 063 9 4,36
100 Sharon 911 4 4,39
101 Baileyton 445 2 4,49
102 Jamestown 1 960 10 5,10
103 Vonore 1 539 8 5,20
104 Waynesboro 2 307 12 5,20
105 Woodbury 2 878 15 5,21
106 Alamo 2 294 12 5,23
107 Tracy City 1 389 8 5,76
108 South Fulton 2 214 13 5,87
109 Cumberland City 308 2 6,49
110 Tellico Plains 921 6 6,51
111 Monteagle 1 225 8 6,53
112 Decatur 1 646 11 6,68
113 Red Boiling Springs 1 140 8 7,02
114 Graysville 1 564 11 7,03
115 Moscow 559 4 7,16
116 Friendship 670 5 7,46
117 Estill Springs 2 030 16 7,88
118 Decherd 2 386 19 7,96
119 Rocky Top 1 766 16 9,06
120 Ridgely 1 641 15 9,14
121 Englewood 1 524 14 9,19
122 South Carthage 1 386 20 14,43
123 Berry Hill 515 15 29,13

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Pleasant View 4 686 0 0,00
2 Church Hill 6 671 0 0,00
3 Oakland 8 323 1 0,12
4 Huntingdon 3 805 1 0,26
5 Mount Carmel 5 295 2 0,38
6 Signal Mountain 8 605 4 0,46
7 Camden 3 573 2 0,56
8 Oliver Springs 3 419 2 0,58
9 Loudon 5 869 5 0,85
10 Coopertown 4 590 4 0,87
11 Whiteville 4 466 4 0,90
12 Waverly 4 081 4 0,98
13 Kingston 5 809 7 1,21
14 Sparta 4 957 6 1,21
15 Atoka 9 510 12 1,26
16 Mount Pleasant 4 934 8 1,62
17 Nolensville 9 488 16 1,69
18 Jefferson City 8 193 14 1,71
19 White Bluff 3 659 7 1,91
20 Fairview 9 153 18 1,97
21 Jasper 3 361 8 2,38
22 Ashland City 4 708 12 2,55
23 Bean Station 3 085 8 2,59
24 South Pittsburg 3 008 8 2,66
25 Oneida 3 704 10 2,70
26 Dayton 7 408 20 2,70
27 Munford 6 083 17 2,79
28 Centerville 3 564 10 2,81
29 Algood 4 549 13 2,86
30 Livingston 4 014 12 2,99
31 Medina 4 334 13 3,00
32 Rogersville 4 277 13 3,04
33 Newbern 3 312 11 3,32
34 Greenbrier 6 887 23 3,34
35 Tiptonville 4 286 15 3,50
36 Jonesborough 5 487 20 3,64
37 Dandridge 3 168 12 3,79
38 Lenoir City 9 392 37 3,94
39 McKenzie 5 509 23 4,17
40 Madisonville 4 949 21 4,24
41 Millersville 6 829 29 4,25
42 Etowah 3 482 15 4,31
43 Selmer 4 401 19 4,32
44 Smithville 4 828 21 4,35
45 Somerville 3 213 14 4,36
46 Dunlap 5 155 23 4,46
47 Harriman 6 121 29 4,74
48 Gatlinburg 4 163 20 4,80
49 Winchester 8 733 42 4,81
50 Sweetwater 5 875 29 4,94
51 Erwin 5 826 30 5,15
52 Milan 7 613 42 5,52
53 Rockwood 5 439 31 5,70
54 Lexington 7 723 45 5,83
55 Hohenwald 3 680 22 5,98
56 Lafayette 5 309 34 6,40
57 Henderson 6 314 41 6,49
58 Pulaski 7 628 54 7,08
59 Pigeon Forge 6 383 47 7,36
60 Fayetteville 7 047 53 7,52
61 Humboldt 8 165 63 7,72
62 La Follette 6 651 52 7,82
63 Trenton 4 022 33 8,20
64 Newport 6 786 66 9,73
65 Savannah 6 941 69 9,94
66 Covington 8 755 126 14,39
67 Bolivar 4 888 73 14,93
68 Ripley 7 818 120 15,35
69 Brownsville 9 336 151 16,17

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Collegedale 11 929 10 0,84
2 White House 12 822 19 1,48
3 Maryville 29 415 44 1,50
4 Martin 10 488 18 1,72
5 Soddy-Daisy 13 818 33 2,39
6 Paris 10 047 31 3,09
7 Goodlettsville 16 976 53 3,12
8 Portland 12 995 41 3,16
9 Greeneville 14 881 50 3,36
10 Crossville 11 643 42 3,61
11 Oak Ridge 29 084 112 3,85
12 Red Bank 11 779 49 4,16
13 East Ridge 21 027 91 4,33
14 Clinton 10 062 45 4,47
15 Lawrenceburg 10 877 50 4,60
16 Bristol 26 900 135 5,02
17 Manchester 11 020 61 5,54
18 Elizabethton 13 409 81 6,04
19 Sevierville 16 760 108 6,44
20 Springfield 17 022 115 6,76
21 Dickson 15 703 112 7,13
22 Tullahoma 19 468 143 7,35
23 Alcoa 10 798 85 7,87
24 Union City 10 340 83 8,03
25 Shelbyville 22 062 183 8,29
26 Athens 13 879 116 8,36
27 McMinnville 13 696 130 9,49
28 Millington 10 669 105 9,84
29 Dyersburg 16 300 180 11,04

30,000 – 100,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Brentwood 43 217 38 0,88
2 Germantown 39 127 36 0,92
3 Spring Hill 43 303 53 1,22
4 Mount Juliet 37 359 59 1,58
5 Franklin 83 517 138 1,65
6 Hendersonville 58 388 100 1,71
7 Collierville 51 273 119 2,32
8 Gallatin 41 918 117 2,79
9 Bartlett 59 610 188 3,15
10 Cookeville 34 373 121 3,52
11 Smyrna 52 225 204 3,91
12 La Vergne 36 227 142 3,92
13 Lebanon 36 337 149 4,10
14 Johnson City 67 197 286 4,26
15 Kingsport 54 218 332 6,12
16 Columbia 40 001 257 6,42
17 Morristown 30 044 255 8,49
18 Jackson 66 915 650 9,71
19 Cleveland 45 453 464 10,21

Over 100,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Murfreesboro 145 929 611 4,19
2 Clarksville 159 996 926 5,79
3 Knoxville 188 666 1 259 6,67
4 Chattanooga 181 848 1 946 10,70
5 Nashville 687 361 7 376 10,73
6 Memphis 650 410 12 367 19,01

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