Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee For 2020

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.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth 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 2020.

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.

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 2020? 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 2020

Franklin, TN

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Population: 75,366
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 38.1%
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Franklin is a city in, and the county seat of, Williamson County, Tennessee, United States. Located about 21 miles south of Nashville, it is one of the principal cities of the Nashville metropolitan area. Since 1980, its population has increased more than fivefold and, based on its 2013 estimated population of 68,886, it is ranked as the seventh-largest city in Tennessee.

Brentwood, TN

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Population: 41,987
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 44
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 47.0%
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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.

Paris, TN

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Population: 10,042
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 33.4%
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Paris is a city in Henry County, Tennessee, 86 miles northwest of Nashville, on a fork of the West Sandy River and the Tennessee River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 10,156. It is the county seat of Henry County.

Germantown, TN

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Population: 39,164
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 33.1%
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Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.

Collegedale, TN

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Population: 11,256
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Atlanta
Households with kids: 23.2%
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Collegedale is a city in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 8,282 at the 2010 census and 10,729 in a 2014 estimate. Collegedale is a suburb of Chattanooga and is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Collegedale is home to Southern Adventist University. The median household income is among one of the highest in Hamilton County. It has been ranked as one of the best and safest places to live in Tennessee.

Portland, TN

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Population: 12,539
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 41
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 41.8%
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Portland is a city in Sumner and Robertson counties in Tennessee. The population was 11,486 in 2010 according estimates by the U.S. census bureau and in 2013 the population was 11,933. Portland is a part of the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Gallatin, TN

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Population: 36,139
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 53
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 32.3%
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Gallatin is a city in and the county seat of Sumner County, Tennessee. The population was 30,678 at the 2010 census and 32,307 in 2013. Named for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, the city was established on the Cumberland River and made the county seat of Sumner County in 1802. It is located about 30.6 miles northeast of the state capital of Nashville, Tennessee.

Martin, TN

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Population: 10,721
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Memphis
Households with kids: 25.1%
More on Martin: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Review Of Martin by HomeSnacks User

Crime rate is excellent and a safe place to live and you can walk anywhere day or night I have been here for 50 years and experienced no crime

Soybean festival is a great opportunity for all the family to enjoy each year

Spring Hill, TN

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Population: 37,830
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 51.8%
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Spring Hill is a city in Maury and Williamson counties, Tennessee, located approximately 30 miles south of Nashville. Spring Hill's population as of 2014 was 34,269.

White House, TN

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Population: 11,513
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Nashville
Households with kids: 42.3%
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White House is a city in Robertson and Sumner counties in the United States state of Tennessee. The population was 7,220 at the 2000 census. It is approximately twenty-two miles north of downtown Nashville. According to the city website a special census was conducted in 2008 that placed the city population at 9,891 residents, with 3,587 households within the city limits. The population was 10,255 at the 2010 census which showed growth of 3,000 people from 2000 to 2010. The 2013 population was 10,752.

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 75,366 71
2 Brentwood, TN 41,987 58
3 Paris, TN 10,042 62
4 Germantown, TN 39,164 46
5 Collegedale, TN 11,256 34
6 Portland, TN 12,539 36
7 Gallatin, TN 36,139 62
8 Martin, TN 10,721 52
9 Spring Hill, TN 37,830 61
10 White House, TN 11,513 55

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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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0 thoughts on “Best Places To Raise A Family In Tennessee For 2020

  1. Bartlett, TN the 29th best town to raise a family? lol! Just don’t be a single father. Charlie Brown police department charged me with kidnapping for giving my son a ride to school. The DA’s in Bartlett are just as big a joke. Took the female 7 months to send my file downtown. Meanwhile, I sat in jail while my business folded and my mother, who I take care of due to terminal cancer, stayed by herself for those 7 months. The DA’s downtown called me up to court on a Friday to let the judge know they finally received my file and would need me to sit in jail another 30 days to indict me. Monday, 2 days later, they called me back up to court and dropped the charges. Bartlett, Tennessee the only town in the state where you will be charged with a felony for taking your kids to school.

  2. Many of these I agree with, but which councilperson in Martin paid to be on this list? It has a great college (UTM), but its professional and personal opportunities for growth are far from ideal.

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