The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Tennessee For 2021

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the fastest growing cities in Tennessee.

Is being in an area that's growing quickly a good thing or a bad thing?

Depends on who you ask. Some want bigger, more exciting cities like Nashville and Memphis, while others want peace and quiet like in Bolivar and Dunlap, thank you very much.

But today we're going to put opinions aside and just look at the cold hard facts -- over the past five years, which cities in Tennessee have the grown the fastest.

After getting knee deep in the Census's American Community Survey, we emerged with this set of cities in the Volunteer State that have people climbing over each other to get in.

These are the 10 fastest growing cities in Tennessee for 2021 according to the most recent census data:

What's the fastest growing city in Tennessee for 2021? Based on the most recent ACS data, Thompson'S Station ranks as the fastest growing city in Tennessee. If you happen to be a resident of Thompson'S Station, you're probably not too surprised to find it on our list.

If you're surprised--and you're wondering why these places are kind of a big deal--keep reading. We'll tell you what makes each of these 10 places in Tennessee are growing like weeds.

And if you already knew these places were happening, check out the best places to live in Tennessee or the Fastest Growing States In America.

For more Tennessee state reading:

The 10 Fastest Growing Cities In Tennessee For 2021

1. Thompson's Station

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Population: 5,456
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Population 2010: 1,946
Percent Growth 180.4%
Absolute Growth: 3,510
More on Thompson's Station: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, TN

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Population: 34,377
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Population 2010: 21,922
Percent Growth 56.8%
Absolute Growth: 12,455
More on Mount Juliet: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

3. Nolensville

Nolensville, TN

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Population: 8,390
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 5,351
Percent Growth 56.8%
Absolute Growth: 3,039
More on Nolensville: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

4. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, TN

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Population: 39,711
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Population 2010: 25,415
Percent Growth 56.3%
Absolute Growth: 14,296
More on Spring Hill: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

5. Collegedale

Collegedale, TN

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Population: 11,275
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Population 2010: 7,937
Percent Growth 42.1%
Absolute Growth: 3,338
More on Collegedale: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

6. Oakland

Oakland, TN

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Population: 7,893
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Population 2010: 5,815
Percent Growth 35.7%
Absolute Growth: 2,078
More on Oakland: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

7. Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, TN

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Population: 136,366
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Population 2010: 102,602
Percent Growth 32.9%
Absolute Growth: 33,764
More on Murfreesboro: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

8. Hartsville/trousdale County

Hartsville/Trousdale County, TN

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Population: 10,231
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Population 2010: 7,751
Percent Growth 32.0%
Absolute Growth: 2,480
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9. Lebanon

Lebanon, TN

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Population: 33,159
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 25,188
Percent Growth 31.6%
Absolute Growth: 7,971
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10. Gallatin

Gallatin, TN

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Population: 38,156
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Population 2010: 29,084
Percent Growth 31.2%
Absolute Growth: 9,072
More on Gallatin: Homes For Sale | Data | Photos

How We Measured The Fastest Growing Cities In the Volunteer State for 2021

To figure out which cities are growing the most, we simply had to look at the growth rates for cities sine the beginning of the decade, according to the American Community Survey put out by the census every year. Specifically:

  • Current Population
  • Population in 2010
  • Growth rate from 2010 to Current (The latest available data which came out in Dec 2018)

We ranked all 98 Tennessee cities with a population over 5,000 people from highest growth rate to lowest.

The city with the highest growth rate during this time was crowned the fastest growing city in the Volunteer State.

And for those of you who are a little rusty with their statistics, you can calculate the growth rate by the following formula:

[Current Population - Population 2010] / [Population 2010]

Here's a graph of the cities in Tennessee with the largest percent increase in population:
Fastest Growing Cities in Tennessee Graph For 2021

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These Places Grew Up So Fast In Tennessee, You Know?

So there you have it, the fastest growing cities in Tennessee are led by Thompson'S Station which has been growing at a blistering pace this decade relative to other cities and towns around the state.

It'll be interesting to see if these places can keep growing at the same rate over the next couple of years. We'll be here to let you know!

These places have been growing (or shrinking) the slowest (fastest):

  1. La Follette
  2. Bolivar
  3. Brownsville

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Detailed List Of Fastest Growing Places In Tennessee For 2021

Rank City Growth Population Population 2010
1 Thompson's Station 180.4% 5,456 1,946
2 Mount Juliet 56.8% 34,377 21,922
3 Nolensville 56.8% 8,390 5,351
4 Spring Hill 56.3% 39,711 25,415
5 Collegedale 42.1% 11,275 7,937
6 Oakland 35.7% 7,893 5,815
7 Murfreesboro 32.9% 136,366 102,602
8 Hartsville/trousdale County 32.0% 10,231 7,751
9 Lebanon 31.6% 33,159 25,188
10 Gallatin 31.2% 38,156 29,084

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