The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee For 2021

We used science and data to determine which cities in Tennessee have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best cities for families in Tennessee.

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HomeSnacks used concrete data and empirical evidence to bring you a list of the best places to raise your family in Tennessee for 2021.

But first, how did we do it? We consulted the US Census on places in The Volunteer State with more than 10,000 residents. We looked at several factors: crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We ended up with 48 family friendly Tennessee places that any family would be lucky to call home. That's right, If you can picture your family tapping their toes in Nashville, hiking the trails in Knoxville, or spending the day at Dollywood in PIgeon Forge, then you should definitely think about choosing one of Tennessee's best places to raise a family to live.

Incidentally, Tennessee has great places for every type of family on every type of budget. There are places like Martin for families who can afford to live in the most expensive places the state has to offer. There are places like Chattanoogo, for families who love the outdoors, and there are places like Franklin for the family just starting out.

So, before you take a gamble with your family's happiness, we suggest you take a look below at HomeSnacks' list of the top ten most family places in Tennessee.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Tennessee For 2021

  1. Franklin
  2. Brentwood
  3. Paris
  4. Germantown
  5. White House
  6. Gallatin
  7. Spring Hill
  8. Collegedale
  9. Martin
  10. Portland

Now, we're not just any national ranking website. We've been researching and ranking states and cities based on all types of criteria for the last five years. We've had more than 50 million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our best of the best rankings, including this WMC5 feature. So, yes, we know what we're talking about.

So, what's the best place for families to live in Tennessee for 2021? Drum roll... the number one best place for families in The Volunteer State is Franklin based on the most recent Census data.

To see how your favorite places in Tennessee compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Tennessee and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee For 2021

Franklin, TN

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Population: 77,939
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 69
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 36.0%
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Brentwood, TN

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Population: 42,407
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 46.2%
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Paris, TN

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Population: 10,043
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 63
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 28.9%
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Germantown, TN

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Population: 39,193
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 34.0%
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White House, TN

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Population: 11,843
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 42.1%
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Gallatin, TN

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Population: 38,156
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 49
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 29.4%
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Spring Hill, TN

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Population: 39,711
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 59
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 48.9%
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Collegedale, TN

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Population: 11,275
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 25.3%
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Martin, TN

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Population: 10,635
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 25.4%
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Portland, TN

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Population: 12,729
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 40.3%
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How do you determine which place is best for families in Tennessee anyways?

To give you the places in Tennessee which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the Volunteer State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Tennessee, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 10,000 people. For Tennessee, that meant a total of 48 cities. You can download the data here.

There You Have It - The Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Tennessee ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Tennessee according to the data:

  1. Kingsport
  2. Memphis
  3. Chattanooga

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Tennessee?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Franklin, TN 77,939 50
2 Brentwood, TN 42,407 65
3 Paris, TN 10,043 47
4 Germantown, TN 39,193 35
5 White House, TN 11,843 53
6 Gallatin, TN 38,156 68
7 Spring Hill, TN 39,711 61
8 Collegedale, TN 11,275 43
9 Martin, TN 10,635 37
10 Portland, TN 12,729 46

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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