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Safest Places to Live in Tennessee 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Tennessee is located in the southeast of the United States. The Appalachian Mountains are in the east of the state, while the Mississippi River forms the western border.

This state, like all others that participated in the Civil War in the 19th century, has had a dynamic history. It was the last state to leave the Union and join Confederacy. Having been occupied by Union forces shortly thereafter, it was the first state to be admitted into the Union again.

Tennessee was mainly an agrarian economy, but this changed in the 20th century when manufacturing and tourism started developing. There are numerous tourist attractions in this state, such as The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, a part of the Appalachian Trail, etc. Tennessee has played a major role in the development of rock and roll, blues, country and rockabilly music, which is still obvious when you walk through many cities in Tennessee.

The capital and the largest city is Nashville, with a population of over 660,000. The second largest city is Memphis, whose population is over 650,000, closely following Nashville.

In Tennessee, the violent crime rate increased by 3.1% (or 2.0% per 100,000 people) in the period from 2016 to 2017.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with population under 3,000.

50 Safest Places in Tennessee 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Coopertown 4552 1 0,22
2 Huntingdon 3807 1 0,26
3 Oakland 8107 3 0,37
4 Collegedale 12189 5 0,41
5 Church Hill 6664 3 0,45
6 Bean Station 3094 2 0,65
7 Pleasant View 4449 3 0,67
8 Loudon 5815 4 0,69
9 Signal Mountain 8602 6 0,70
10 Germantown 39179 30 0,77
11 Brentwood 43507 35 0,80
12 Atoka 9305 9 0,97
13 Spring Hill 41354 43 1,04
14 Camden 3500 5 1,43
15 Soddy-Daisy 13804 20 1,45
16 Franklin 80825 119 1,47
17 McKenzie 5392 8 1,48
18 Mount Carmel 5345 8 1,50
19 Oliver Springs 3256 5 1,54
20 Maryville 28961 47 1,62
21 Collierville 50985 83 1,63
22 South Pittsburg 3031 5 1,65
23 Fairview 8898 15 1,69
24 Dayton 7365 13 1,77
25 Tiptonville 4304 8 1,86
26 Nolensville 8545 16 1,87
27 Lafayette 5318 10 1,88
28 Hendersonville 58437 113 1,93
29 Mount Juliet 36397 72 1,98
30 Waverly 4093 9 2,20
31 Jonesborough 5446 12 2,20
32 Harriman 6132 14 2,28
33 Medina 4313 11 2,55
34 Martin 10418 27 2,59
35 Sparta 4951 13 2,63
36 Livingston 4016 11 2,74
37 Portland 12887 36 2,79
38 Lenoir City 9284 26 2,80
39 Ashland City 4641 13 2,80
40 Algood 4517 13 2,88
41 Erwin 5840 17 2,91
42 Kingston 5794 17 2,93
43 White House 11818 36 3,05
44 Whiteville 4500 14 3,11
45 Gallatin 38450 121 3,15
46 Millersville 6914 22 3,18
47 Bartlett 59407 190 3,20
48 Greenbrier 6899 24 3,48
49 Smithville 4783 18 3,76
50 Gatlinburg 4192 16 3,82

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Crime Score in All Cities in Tennessee 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Tennessee cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • 10,000 – 30,000 Residents
  • Over 30,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Cumberland City 303 0 0,00
2 Clarksburg 377 0 0,00
3 Hornbeak 385 0 0,00
4 Gadsden 467 0 0,00
5 Henry 474 0 0,00
6 Petersburg 552 0 0,00
7 Pittman Center 583 0 0,00
8 Middleton 636 0 0,00
9 Hollow Rock 674 0 0,00
10 Friendship 679 0 0,00
11 Wartrace 679 0 0,00
12 Eagleville 687 0 0,00
13 St. Joseph 811 0 0,00
14 Decaturville 865 0 0,00
15 Gainesboro 940 0 0,00
16 Ardmore 1236 0 0,00
17 Erin 1274 0 0,00
18 Burns 1509 0 0,00
19 Spencer 1641 0 0,00
20 Surgoinsville 1770 0 0,00
21 Cross Plains 1810 0 0,00
22 Lookout Mountain 1873 0 0,00
23 Blaine 1880 0 0,00
24 Clifton 2676 0 0,00
25 Tusculum 2695 0 0,00
26 Kingston Springs 2776 0 0,00
27 Brighton 2910 0 0,00
28 Belle Meade 2917 1 0,34
29 Plainview 2091 1 0,48
30 New Johnsonville 1905 1 0,52
31 Watertown 1537 1 0,65
32 Dover 1461 1 0,68
33 Baxter 1453 1 0,69
34 Rutledge 1358 1 0,74
35 New Market 1353 1 0,74
36 Gordonsville 1210 1 0,83
37 Obion 1049 1 0,95
38 Ridgetop 2071 2 0,97
39 Dandridge 2981 3 1,01
40 Collinwood 944 1 1,06
41 Sharon 914 1 1,09
42 Rossville 890 1 1,12
43 Trezevant 839 1 1,19
44 Dresden 2902 4 1,38
45 Niota 723 1 1,38
46 Bruceton 1403 2 1,43
47 Gleason 1365 2 1,47
48 Puryear 667 1 1,50
49 Jamestown 1956 3 1,53
50 Jacksboro 1918 3 1,56
51 Troy 1269 2 1,58
52 Gates 630 1 1,59
53 Kenton 1201 2 1,67
54 Mountain City 2395 4 1,67
55 McEwen 1723 3 1,74
56 Adamsville 2199 4 1,82
57 Saltillo 531 1 1,88
58 Mason 1571 3 1,91
59 Minor Hill 520 1 1,92
60 Big Sandy 517 1 1,93
61 Greenfield 2067 4 1,94
62 Calhoun 492 1 2,03
63 Crump 1463 3 2,05
64 Bradford 974 2 2,05
65 Scotts Hill 974 2 2,05
66 Tracy City 1394 3 2,15
67 Waynesboro 2322 5 2,15
68 Baileyton 441 1 2,27
69 Jellico 2198 5 2,27
70 Benton 1277 3 2,35
71 Halls 2118 5 2,36
72 Cornersville 1243 3 2,41
73 Decatur 1629 4 2,46
74 Gibson 385 1 2,60
75 White Pine 2288 6 2,62
76 Carthage 2258 6 2,66
77 Celina 1458 4 2,74
78 Loretto 1769 5 2,83
79 Charleston 686 2 2,92
80 New Tazewell 2709 8 2,95
81 Decherd 2388 8 3,35
82 Maynardville 2351 8 3,40
83 Piperton 1757 6 3,41
84 Parsons 2316 8 3,45
85 Ridgely 1662 6 3,61
86 Norris 1640 6 3,66
87 Pikeville 1626 6 3,69
88 Elkton 541 2 3,70
89 Spring City 1856 7 3,77
90 Monterey 2875 11 3,83
91 Alamo 2324 9 3,87
92 Alexandria 1000 4 4,00
93 Ethridge 482 2 4,15
94 Caryville 2146 9 4,19
95 Tazewell 2278 10 4,39
96 Graysville 1553 7 4,51
97 Dyer 2193 10 4,56
98 Woodbury 2815 13 4,62
99 Whitwell 1706 8 4,69
100 Bluff City 1660 8 4,82
101 Monteagle 1173 6 5,12
102 South Carthage 1356 7 5,16
103 Bells 2477 13 5,25
104 Toone 338 2 5,92
105 Gallaway 652 4 6,13
106 Kimball 1398 9 6,44
107 Westmoreland 2325 15 6,45
108 Trimble 615 4 6,50
109 Vonore 1517 10 6,59
110 Chapel Hill 1511 10 6,62
111 Rocky Top 1774 12 6,76
112 Grand Junction 269 2 7,43
113 Maury City 669 5 7,47
114 Wartburg 898 7 7,80
115 Red Boiling Springs 1148 9 7,84
116 Estill Springs 2012 16 7,95
117 Rutherford 1077 9 8,36
118 South Fulton 2200 20 9,09
119 Englewood 1518 14 9,22
120 Moscow 522 5 9,58
121 Townsend 446 6 13,45
122 Berry Hill 524 8 15,27
123 Tellico Plains 945 15 15,87

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Coopertown 4552 1 0,22
2 Huntingdon 3807 1 0,26
3 Oakland 8107 3 0,37
4 Church Hill 6664 3 0,45
5 Bean Station 3094 2 0,65
6 Pleasant View 4449 3 0,67
7 Loudon 5815 4 0,69
8 Signal Mountain 8602 6 0,70
9 Atoka 9305 9 0,97
10 Camden 3500 5 1,43
11 McKenzie 5392 8 1,48
12 Mount Carmel 5345 8 1,50
13 Oliver Springs 3256 5 1,54
14 South Pittsburg 3031 5 1,65
15 Fairview 8898 15 1,69
16 Dayton 7365 13 1,77
17 Tiptonville 4304 8 1,86
18 Nolensville 8545 16 1,87
19 Lafayette 5318 10 1,88
20 Waverly 4093 9 2,20
21 Jonesborough 5446 12 2,20
22 Harriman 6132 14 2,28
23 Medina 4313 11 2,55
24 Sparta 4951 13 2,63
25 Livingston 4016 11 2,74
26 Lenoir City 9284 26 2,80
27 Ashland City 4641 13 2,80
28 Algood 4517 13 2,88
29 Erwin 5840 17 2,91
30 Kingston 5794 17 2,93
31 Whiteville 4500 14 3,11
32 Millersville 6914 22 3,18
33 Greenbrier 6899 24 3,48
34 Smithville 4783 18 3,76
35 Gatlinburg 4192 16 3,82
36 Mount Pleasant 4924 19 3,86
37 La Follette 6722 26 3,87
38 Newbern 3334 13 3,90
39 Centerville 3557 14 3,94
40 White Bluff 3535 15 4,24
41 Henderson 6234 27 4,33
42 Munford 6090 27 4,43
43 Madisonville 4754 22 4,63
44 Oneida 3673 18 4,90
45 Etowah 3461 17 4,91
46 Trenton 4043 20 4,95
47 Jasper 3317 17 5,13
48 Rogersville 4264 23 5,39
49 Lexington 7673 43 5,60
50 Humboldt 8110 46 5,67
51 Winchester 8504 54 6,35
52 Milan 7640 49 6,41
53 Rockwood 5417 36 6,65
54 Dunlap 5111 34 6,65
55 Hohenwald 3671 25 6,81
56 Somerville 3213 24 7,47
57 Pulaski 7650 59 7,71
58 Fayetteville 7024 58 8,26
59 Sweetwater 5873 51 8,68
60 Pigeon Forge 6291 55 8,74
61 Ripley 7977 70 8,78
62 Newport 6770 60 8,86
63 Selmer 4445 40 9,00
64 Bolivar 4954 51 10,29
65 Brownsville 9490 106 11,17
66 Savannah 6968 81 11,62

10,000 – 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Collegedale 12189 5 0,41
2 Soddy-Daisy 13804 20 1,45
3 Maryville 28961 47 1,62
4 Martin 10418 27 2,59
5 Portland 12887 36 2,79
6 White House 11818 36 3,05
7 Greeneville 14867 65 4,37
8 Red Bank 11768 52 4,42
9 Paris 10088 45 4,46
10 Elizabethton 13657 62 4,54
11 Goodlettsville 17000 78 4,59
12 East Ridge 21135 100 4,73
13 Sevierville 16999 92 5,41
14 Tullahoma 19321 106 5,49
15 Clinton 10137 56 5,52
16 Bristol 26863 151 5,62
17 Oak Ridge 29067 164 5,64
18 Manchester 10719 62 5,78
19 Lawrenceburg 10807 67 6,20
20 McMinnville 13668 86 6,29
21 Lewisburg 11967 80 6,69
22 Shelbyville 21708 153 7,05
23 Alcoa 10506 82 7,81
24 Morristown 29884 242 8,10
25 Crossville 11535 95 8,24
26 Dickson 15637 133 8,51
27 Springfield 16896 145 8,58
28 Athens 13627 119 8,73
29 Millington 11016 101 9,17
30 Dyersburg 16382 204 12,45

Over 30,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Germantown 39179 30 0,77
2 Brentwood 43507 35 0,80
3 Spring Hill 41354 43 1,04
4 Franklin 80825 119 1,47
5 Collierville 50985 83 1,63
6 Hendersonville 58437 113 1,93
7 Mount Juliet 36397 72 1,98
8 Gallatin 38450 121 3,15
9 Bartlett 59407 190 3,20
10 Johnson City 66795 274 4,10
11 Cookeville 33785 143 4,23
12 La Vergne 36167 157 4,34
13 Murfreesboro 140702 613 4,36
14 Lebanon 33181 185 5,58
15 Columbia 38802 246 6,34
16 Clarksville 156264 1041 6,66
17 Kingsport 53465 404 7,56
18 Knoxville 188653 1508 7,99
19 Cleveland 44954 412 9,16
20 Jackson 66848 670 10,02
21 Chattanooga 180397 1891 10,48
22 Metropolitan Nashville Police Department 686492 7641 11,13
23 Memphis 652226 12674 19,43

How safe do you feel?

Is your city safe enough? Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

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