See Which Tennessee Cities Made the List

Based on a population of at least 30,000

Methodology: We use a variety of factors to determine these rankings. To see our full methodology, click here.

If you have an appreciation for country music, you may just love Tennessee. The State Capitol, Nashville, is known as “Music City.” Bluegrass music also originated in northeastern Tennessee, in a city called Bristol. The state is filled with great culture, wonderful dining experiences, and historical locales. In addition to all that it has to offer, Tennessee has plenty of safe and beautiful cities for those considering to visit or relocate there.

Of the 25 safest cities in Tennessee, the top 10 on this list have a Safety Score of at least 80. The safer cities in the state are in the suburban areas as expected. For example, Brentwood, which is the safest city in the state with a safety score of 89.06, is known for its rolling hills and vast land. It is also one of the wealthiest regions in the state. The median household income in Brentwood was close to $140,000 in 2014. Families raising kids would do well here because the high schools in the area are ranked among the highest in the state! Not only would children stay safe, they would also receive quality education.

Some of the other safest cities in Tennessee that made it high up on the list include Spring Hill (86.8), Germantown (86.71), Gallatin (85.77), and Franklin (84.62). Spring Hill is only 30 miles south from Nashville, one of the most populated cities in the state. Those who want to stay in a safer area but be able to easily get to the metropolitan regions would benefit from staying here. The population of Spring Hill in 2014 was 34,269. So again, it’s a relatively small town where people most likely keep to themselves, which may contribute to its higher safety score.

The greater Memphis metropolitan area is not as safe, but is the largest city in Tennessee. Surprisingly though, Memphis was at the bottom of our list of top 25 safest cities, with a score of 49.95. It is not the most impressive score, but it’s important to keep in mind that the population here is significantly larger than the safer areas. In 2014, Memphis had a population of over 1.3 million! The higher the foot traffic, the higher the chances of crime and other safety concerns. Luckily, commuting in the state isn’t too bad and one can always choose to live in a neighboring area that’s safer and drive into the city when needed.


1 Top 10th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 89.06

Brentwood, TN

41,984 590 17 -13.1% 367 0.4%

2 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.8

Spring Hill, TN

35,658 659 50 26.9% 380 5.2%

3 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 86.71

Germantown, TN

39,361 350 40 29.5% 517 18.2%

4 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 85.77

Gallatin, TN

34,080 362 105 -3% 432 -10.9%

5 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.87

Collierville, TN

49,432 371 50 -33.8% 822 2.1%

6 Top 25th Percentile in U.S.
Safety Score: 84.62

Franklin, TN

72,696 487 151 47.9% 1,058 3.6%

7
Safety Score: 83.73

Hendersonville, TN

56,106 427 101 0.5% 946 22.7%

8
Safety Score: 82.32

Mount Juliet, TN

30,609 509 51 -21.8% 584 3%

9
Safety Score: 81.95

Bartlett, TN

58,578 392 181 15.2% 1,091 9.8%

10
Safety Score: 81.61

La Vergne, TN

34,678 533 191 9.6% 544 -8.9%

11
Safety Score: 75.86

Smyrna, TN

46,659 461 187 30.1% 1,266 6.3%

12
Safety Score: 73.93

Clarksville, TN

150,319 427 874 -13% 4,294 -3.3%

13
Safety Score: 73.77

Cookeville, TN

31,509 349 143 13.5% 1,233 -12.8%

14
Safety Score: 72.06

Columbia, TN

36,405 363 215 -4.9% 1,171 -6.3%

15
Safety Score: 71.83

Murfreesboro, TN

123,994 457 673 1.7% 4,021 -3.1%

16
Safety Score: 70.6

Johnson City, TN

66,369 383 230 -6.1% 2,465 2.8%

17
Safety Score: 69.37

Lebanon, TN

30,266 339 250 8.7% 1,030 3.4%

18
Safety Score: 64.92

Nashville Metropolitan, TN

658,029 377 7,245 -1.9% 25,043 4.8%

19
Safety Score: 61.48

Kingsport, TN

53,091 337 346 8.3% 2,608 -1%

20
Safety Score: 61.22

Jackson, TN

67,415 260 724 -0.7% 3,028 -0.5%

21
Safety Score: 58.95

Morristown, TN

29,377 325 217 13.7% 1,542 5.2%

22
Safety Score: 53.42

Chattanooga, TN

174,969 324 1,731 1.6% 10,356 -5.9%

23
Safety Score: 53.13

Knoxville, TN

185,638 377 1,720 6% 11,143 -8%

24
Safety Score: 52.79

Cleveland, TN

43,650 444 368 -1.7% 2,649 1.3%

25
Safety Score: 49.95

Memphis, TN

657,936 274 11,449 0% 37,047 -6%


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