The 10 Best Counties To Live In Tennessee For 2021


Using science and data, we can tell you which counties in Tennessee have the most for people looking to make the move to Tennessee.

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

Some of you might be asking yourself, at this very moment: is Tennessee a good place?

The answer is unequivocally yes... if you know where to locate the best places to live in Tennessee.

Lucky for you, we're here to help you identify the best counties to live in the Volunteer State based on the most recently available data from the Census. And this isn't our first rodeo -- we've been helping people find the best places to live in America for years.

So, the question becomes, if you wanted to relocate to the best part of Tennessee, where would you go? To answer that we looked at crime, cost of living, and demographic data for all 95 counties in the state.

After the analytic dust settled, we identified the 10 best counties to live in Volunteer State for 2021.

Williamson County is the county to be when it comes to living the good life in Tennessee. And you might want to avoid Perry County if you can -- at least according to the data.

So if you're thinking of making the move Tennessee, we've got you covered. Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Tennessee and the cheapest places to live in Tennessee.

The Best Counties To Live In Tennessee For 2021

1. Williamson County

Brentwood, TN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Franklin

Population: 225,389
Median Income: $112,962 (best)
Median Home Price: $449,000.0 (best)
Unemployment Rate: 280.2% (2nd best)
More on Williamson County: PhotosData

2. Sumner County

Gallatin, TN

Biggest Place: Hendersonville

Population: 183,437
Median Income: $67,204 (4th best)
Median Home Price: $234,200.0 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 301.4% (3rd best)
More on Sumner County: PhotosData

3. Wilson County

Lebanon, TN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Mount Juliet

Population: 136,666
Median Income: $75,991 (2nd best)
Median Home Price: $264,600.0 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 378.8% (8th best)
More on Wilson County: PhotosData

4. Cheatham County

Ashland City, TN

Biggest Place: Ashland City

Population: 40,181
Median Income: $61,913 (6th best)
Median Home Price: $187,400.0 (9th best)
Unemployment Rate: 396.7% (12th best)
More on Cheatham County: PhotosData

5. Rutherford County

Murfreesboro, TN

Biggest Place: Murfreesboro

Population: 315,815
Median Income: $67,429 (3rd best)
Median Home Price: $213,200.0 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 433.9% (2best)
More on Rutherford County: PhotosData

6. Loudon County

Farragut, TN

Biggest Place: Farragut

Population: 52,340
Median Income: $58,065 (10th best)
Median Home Price: $222,500.0 (5th best)
Unemployment Rate: 469.1% (26th best)
More on Loudon County: PhotosData

7. Moore County

Source: Public Domain

Biggest Place:

Population: 6,378
Median Income: $57,708 (11th best)
Median Home Price: $187,100.0 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 476.7% (30th best)
More on Moore County: Data

8. Maury County

Columbia, TN

Biggest Place: Spring Hill

Population: 91,976
Median Income: $57,170 (14th best)
Median Home Price: $184,800.0 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 404.2% (15th best)
More on Maury County: PhotosData

9. Fayette County

Collierville, TN

Source: Public domain

Biggest Place: Collierville

Population: 40,164
Median Income: $60,711 (8th best)
Median Home Price: $206,700.0 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 632.4% (58th best)
More on Fayette County: PhotosData

10. Robertson County

Portland, TN

Biggest Place: Springfield

Population: 70,280
Median Income: $63,307 (5th best)
Median Home Price: $194,800.0 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 493.7% (36th best)
More on Robertson County: PhotosData

How do you determine which Tennessee county is the best?

To give you the best county in Tennessee, we have to look at a handful of metrics that signal the quality of a place. To do that, we need to make some assumptions about what's a "best county" and what isn't. And, for reference, we are trying to make the kind of argument you'd make at a bar using facts, don't take this analysis to court.

With that in mind, we went to two of the best sources of data on the internet; the American Community Survey data and FBI Crime data for the most recent time period.

We paid particular attention to:

  • Violent Crime Rates
  • Property Crime Rates
  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Unemployment Rates
  • Adult Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty Rates

We then ranked each county in Tennessee across each of the criteria from one to 95, with one being the best.

Taking the average rank across all criteria, we created a quality of life score with the county posting the lowest overall score being the "Best County To Live In Tennessee".

The result is some of the safest, quiet, and best counties to raise a family in the Volunteer State.

Read on to see why Williamson County is the best county, while Perry County is probably in contention for being the worst county in Tennessee.

There You Have It - The Best Counties In Tennessee To Call Home For 2018

It turns out living in Tennessee can vary from one part of the state to the next -- who woulda thought?

But now you the know the really good parts and the parts to avoid and that's why you came here to learn at the end of the day. And for that, you are welcome.

Here's a look at the worst counties in Tennessee according to the data:

  1. Perry County
  2. Grundy County
  3. Hancock County

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Counties In Tennessee

County Rank Population Median Income Median Home Price
Williamson County 1 225,389 $112,962 $449,000.0
Sumner County 2 183,437 $67,204 $234,200.0
Wilson County 3 136,666 $75,991 $264,600.0
Cheatham County 4 40,181 $61,913 $187,400.0
Rutherford County 5 315,815 $67,429 $213,200.0
Loudon County 6 52,340 $58,065 $222,500.0
Moore County 7 6,378 $57,708 $187,100.0
Maury County 8 91,976 $57,170 $184,800.0
Fayette County 9 40,164 $60,711 $206,700.0
Robertson County 10 70,280 $63,307 $194,800.0
Washington County 11 127,805 $48,334 $163,000.0
Stewart County 12 13,427 $45,809 $123,100.0
Montgomery County 13 200,180 $57,541 $165,800.0
Knox County 14 461,104 $57,470 $183,200.0
Marshall County 15 32,965 $53,197 $136,400.0
Cannon County 16 14,178 $55,330 $164,600.0
Franklin County 17 41,725 $51,585 $139,200.0
Blount County 18 129,927 $56,667 $182,100.0
Smith County 19 19,740 $48,068 $146,900.0
Marion County 20 28,538 $49,432 $125,700.0
Roane County 21 53,075 $53,367 $150,300.0
Jefferson County 22 53,679 $49,139 $146,300.0
Hamilton County 23 360,919 $55,070 $180,900.0
Coffee County 24 55,209 $50,351 $141,900.0
Sullivan County 25 157,050 $46,684 $141,300.0
Lincoln County 26 33,924 $49,485 $135,700.0
Cumberland County 27 59,216 $45,958 $153,200.0
Putnam County 28 77,447 $44,259 $159,600.0
Anderson County 29 76,061 $50,392 $146,200.0
Dickson County 30 52,680 $53,076 $164,700.0
Humphreys County 31 18,435 $45,667 $113,800.0
Tipton County 32 61,447 $61,291 $150,000.0
Overton County 33 22,068 $37,197 $124,900.0
Davidson County 34 687,488 $60,388 $241,700.0
Trousdale County 35 10,231 $56,321 $155,700.0
Hickman County 36 24,813 $43,596 $116,200.0
Greene County 37 68,834 $42,595 $122,400.0
Giles County 38 29,285 $49,614 $129,700.0
Madison County 39 97,625 $48,161 $131,500.0
Bedford County 40 48,292 $50,415 $151,100.0
Grainger County 41 23,101 $44,064 $119,100.0
Dekalb County 42 19,847 $45,511 $148,600.0
Sevier County 43 97,068 $49,610 $175,500.0
Unicoi County 44 17,811 $41,890 $129,500.0
Henry County 45 32,284 $40,502 $103,300.0
Houston County 46 8,164 $42,711 $103,700.0
Decatur County 47 11,686 $42,031 $98,800.0
Carroll County 48 27,886 $42,637 $88,300.0
Bradley County 49 105,749 $51,331 $161,000.0
Polk County 50 16,814 $43,306 $112,700.0
Chester County 51 17,190 $51,946 $121,900.0
Sequatchie County 52 14,816 $49,370 $142,500.0
Meigs County 53 12,104 $49,167 $136,600.0
Pickett County 54 5,079 $39,554 $144,400.0
Weakley County 55 33,510 $39,937 $97,800.0
White County 56 26,800 $41,998 $117,000.0
Gibson County 57 49,228 $43,171 $98,600.0
Benton County 58 16,140 $37,512 $85,600.0
Monroe County 59 46,064 $42,429 $133,700.0
Macon County 60 23,842 $37,430 $115,000.0
Jackson County 61 11,682 $35,207 $126,100.0
Rhea County 62 32,719 $42,206 $122,600.0
Henderson County 63 27,977 $43,305 $102,000.0
Claiborne County 64 31,732 $36,835 $110,000.0
Obion County 65 30,365 $39,615 $91,500.0
Crockett County 66 14,399 $44,717 $99,600.0
Shelby County 67 936,374 $51,657 $150,400.0
Van Buren County 68 5,760 $42,724 $98,000.0
Fentress County 69 18,213 $36,520 $110,400.0
Lewis County 70 12,027 $37,277 $95,600.0
Union County 71 19,488 $44,671 $124,700.0
Hawkins County 72 56,611 $41,924 $124,100.0
Bledsoe County 73 14,836 $44,122 $134,600.0
Clay County 74 7,654 $32,167 $98,200.0
Dyer County 75 37,416 $44,185 $103,800.0
Mcminn County 76 53,053 $43,285 $133,200.0
Wayne County 77 16,693 $41,427 $95,200.0
Hamblen County 78 64,132 $43,619 $137,900.0
Lawrence County 79 43,390 $43,614 $112,500.0
Carter County 80 56,433 $38,092 $122,600.0
Morgan County 81 21,545 $41,333 $102,000.0
Mcnairy County 82 25,844 $39,161 $98,100.0
Johnson County 83 17,753 $36,004 $133,100.0
Scott County 84 21,969 $38,864 $99,000.0
Haywood County 85 17,623 $37,905 $100,700.0
Warren County 86 40,702 $41,125 $112,500.0
Hardeman County 87 25,443 $40,304 $90,200.0
Hardin County 88 25,715 $40,682 $124,300.0
Lauderdale County 89 25,989 $39,896 $84,100.0
Lake County 90 7,401 $35,191 $81,300.0
Campbell County 91 39,797 $39,803 $104,400.0
Cocke County 92 35,552 $36,716 $112,900.0
Hancock County 93 6,587 $30,136 $102,600.0
Grundy County 94 13,344 $40,516 $87,200.0
Perry County 95 7,962 $41,034 $88,100.0

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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