The 10 Best Nashville Suburbs To Live For 2021

We analyzed over 26 places around Nashville to identify the most in demand places to live.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best Nashville suburbs.

Big city living isn't for everyone--but at the same time, urban areas certainly have their perks.

There's the culture, the food, the arts, the food, the energy, and you know, the food. But there are drawbacks. There's traffic, expensive parking, expensive housing--pretty much, expensive everything, depending on which big city you're looking at.

But that's where the suburbs come in--they have all of the benefits of being near big cities, without actually having to be big cities.

Of course, not all suburbs of Nashville are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado...

What's the best suburb of Nashville? Belle Meade ranks as the best suburb of Nashville for 2021 based on the most recent Census and FBI data. If you happen to be a resident of Belle Meade, you're probably not too surprised to find it on the top our list.

We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 Nashville 'burbs better than the rest--but first, a bit about our methodology.

Note: This result may differ from our state wide data as we did not include commute times and crime for this analysis to allow for a larger selection of suburbs.

Feel free to check out some more reading about Tennessee:

The 10 Best Nashville Suburbs To Live For 2021

Belle Meade, TN

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Population: 2,280
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $250,001
Unemployment Rate: 1.2%
Poverty Rate: 2.3%
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Belle Meade is always mentioned as one of the best suburbs in the Nashville area. We'll tell you the good about "Awesome Belle Meade."

Everyone here is rich; families average $250,001 a year, which is the highest in the Nashville region. And only 1.23% are out of work. Homes average more than $1,524,400 each.

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Population: 4,587
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $171,500
Unemployment Rate: 1.5%
Poverty Rate: 0.7%
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Oak Hill is the second best 'burb we looked at near Nashville for 2021.

It ranks 3rd for incomes in the area and only 1.24% of residents lack insurance, good for 2nd best.

Nolensville, TN

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Population: 8,390
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Median Income: $134,740
Unemployment Rate: 1.6%
Poverty Rate: 1.4%
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Here in Nolensville, it's really safe, and residents are just about as rich as you'll see in the Nashville metro area.

The bad side? Schools are more crowded, and the cost of living puts a large part of the city out of reach for most families.

But price is based on demand and a lot of people want to live in Nolensville.

Brentwood, TN

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Population: 42,407
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Income: $168,688
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 2.5%
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Brentwood ranks as the 4th best suburb of Nashville for 2021.

You won't find many better places to raise your kids in the region than in Brentwood and the schools are some of the best around.

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Population: 4,939
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Median Income: $203,056
Unemployment Rate: 2.5%
Poverty Rate: 4.6%
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Coming in as the fifth best is Forest Hills.

Forest Hills gets kudos for having the 2nd most expensive homes in the Nashville area, where houses sell for an average of $853,000. However, the cost of living here is among the highest in the area.

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Population: 5,456
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Median Income: $104,250
Unemployment Rate: 2.1%
Poverty Rate: 2.6%
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Thompson's Station is proud of its 6th place finish on this list. And here's why.

Most residents have great jobs and the unemployment rate sits at 2.08% which is 8th best in the area.

According to online reports, Thompson's Station is quickly becoming one of the more affluent suburbs in the Nashville area, meaning you need to get in soon.

Franklin, TN

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Population: 77,939
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Income: $98,231
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
Poverty Rate: 6.6%
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The 7th best suburb on our list goes to Franklin.

Franklin schools are some of the best in the region, and crime is really low. The cost of living makes it a lot more desirable for many families, especially first-time home buyers.

And, it's only 18.1 miles to downtown, which is a good thing.

Mount Juliet, TN

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Population: 34,377
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Income: $91,303
Unemployment Rate: 3.3%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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Mount Juliet is growing quickly, and for a good reason. Crime is far below average, and most residents are gainfully employed. Even the cost of living is reasonable.

A solid 5.89% of people lack insurance, good for 11th in the area.

Hendersonville, TN

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Population: 57,083
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Income: $72,539
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
Poverty Rate: 6.2%
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It placed 9th on our list thanks to the fact that it's really expensive to live here, but the schools are great, so you get what you pay for in that regard.

White House, TN

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Population: 11,843
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $78,041
Unemployment Rate: 2.6%
Poverty Rate: 6.3%
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And rounding out the top ten for 2021 is White House.

This city is far above average in every category, and the best part? It's far more affordable than the other cities listed above. So, you get a big bang for your buck here.

How We Determined The Best Suburbs Around Nashville for 2021

Figuring out the best suburbs around Nashville was pretty simple; we just needed to list several things that people like, and then find out which cities have the most of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Low unemployment rate
  • High Median household incomes
  • Population density (lots of things to do)
  • High home values
  • A lot of college educated people
  • Low poverty
  • High rate of insured families

Then we used the newest American Community Survey data for 2015-2019 to research each suburb.

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Nashville.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 26 suburbs to evaluate around Nashville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 26 in each category, where 1 was the "best.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the best quality of life index the "Best Suburb near Nashville." We're lookin' at you, Belle Meade. You can download the data here.

Read on below to learn more about what it's like to live in the best of the best. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from best to worst.

Welcome to the Best Nashville 'Burbs of 2021

We said it once and we'll say it again--life in the big city isn't for everyone. At least not all the time.

So if you're hankering for some of the amenities of a larger city like Nashville, but don't want to deal with the drawbacks, one of these suburbs might just be for you.

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Nashville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income
1 Belle Meade, TN 2,280 $250,001
2 Oak Hill, TN 4,587 $171,500
3 Nolensville, TN 8,390 $134,740
4 Brentwood, TN 42,407 $168,688
5 Forest Hills, TN 4,939 $203,056
6 Thompson's Station, TN 5,456 $104,250
7 Franklin, TN 77,939 $98,231
8 Mount Juliet, TN 34,377 $91,303
9 Hendersonville, TN 57,083 $72,539
10 White House, TN 11,843 $78,041
11 Kingston Springs, TN 2,741 $80,880
12 Ridgetop, TN 2,230 $67,463
13 Pegram, TN 2,597 $77,634
14 Pleasant View, TN 4,480 $84,715
15 Murfreesboro, TN 136,366 $62,003
16 Goodlettsville, TN 16,870 $60,268
17 Gallatin, TN 38,156 $59,745
18 Smyrna, TN 49,552 $62,635
19 Fairview, TN 8,762 $69,300
20 Millersville, TN 6,350 $65,063
21 La Vergne, TN 35,411 $64,531
22 Greenbrier, TN 6,818 $58,446
23 Ashland, TN 7,750 $55,000
24 Lebanon, TN 33,159 $54,228
25 Springfield, TN 17,092 $46,897
26 White Bluff, TN 3,517 $44,250

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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.

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