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Tennessee’s 20 Safest Cities of 2020

Written by | Updated July 1, 2020
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The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the sixth annual Safest Cities report.

Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Tennessee for 2020. 

  1. Church Hill
  2. Coopertown
  3. Signal Mountain
  4. Bean Station
  5. Belle Meade
  6. Loudon
  7. Oakland
  8. Brentwood
  9. Atoka
  10. Pleasant View

See if your city made the list.

17 percent have experienced violent crime, 29 percent have experienced property crime, 10 percent have experienced a mass shooting

Tennessee reported much higher levels of concern about safety than the rest of the country. Higher crime rates across the state may contribute to excess worry. The good news is the state’s 20 safest cities beat both state and national crime rates. 

Find out which cities are Tennessee’s 20 safest of 2020

Tennessee’s level of concern about safety is 33% higher than the national average in our 2020 State of Safety survey, and it increased by 15% year over year. Personal experience with crime also increased, but both property and violent crime rates went down this year.

61 percent worry about crime on a daily basis
Break-ins are the top property crime fear in Tennessee, and more people use security systems here than in other states.

Tennessee’s violent crime rate is 6.2 incidents per 1,000 people, which is down from 6.6 last year but higher than the national rate of 3.7. Reports of personal experience with violent crime went up, growing from 14% to 17% this year.  

The property crime rate is 28.3 incidents per 1,000. That’s a decrease from last year’s rate of 29.5, but it’s still above the nationwide rate of 22.0. Tennessee also reported more personal experiences with property crime this year, increasing from 16% to 29%.

Violent Crime in Tennessee: Fear vs. Reality

Being physically assaulted by a stranger is the top violent crime concern in the Volunteer State. Being robbed on the street is the crime people think is the most likely to happen.

  • 57% expressed the highest concern about physical assault by a stranger. That’s 17 percentage points higher than the national average of 40%.  
  • Aggravated assault is the most prevalent violent crime in Tennessee, comprising 77% of the incidents reported in the safest cities and 75% statewide.
  • 33% selected being robbed on the street as the violent crime they think is most likely to actually happen, versus 27% nationwide. 
  • Robbery accounted for just 8% of all violent crime in the safest cities and 17% across the state.
57 percent are most concerned about physical assault
33 percent of Tennessee residents believe they're most likely to be robbed on the street

Property Crime in Tennessee: Fear vs. Reality

Having property stolen is the property crime Tennessee survey participants felt was most likely to happen, but they worry more about someone breaking in when no one’s at home. 

  • 70% reported high concern about a break-in when no one is home. That’s eight percentage points higher than the national average of 62%. 
  • Burglary made up just 10% of all property crime reported by the safest cities and 17% of all property crime in Tennessee.
  • 51% indicated that the most likely property crime is having property stolen, compared to just 36% nationwide. 
  • Larceny-theft is the most common property crime in Tennessee, totalling 72% of the state’s property crimes and 84% of the property crimes reported by the safest cities.
  • Security systems tied with guard animals as the security measure used most often to protect property in Tennessee, with 37% of respondents using them.
  • 23% said they don’t use anything to add extra security to their property, compared to 29% nationwide.
70 percent are most concerned with a home break-in
51 percent believe property theft is the most likely to happen

A Closer Look at Tennessee’s Safest Cities of 2020

For the purposes of this report, the terms “safest” and “dangerous” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.

  • There was a shakeup in the safest cities for Tennessee this year, with new cities in the top three spots: Church Hill, Coopertown, and Signal Mountain.
  • Fourteen cities (70%) improved their ranking year over year, with Tiptonville making the biggest leap—29 spots from number 40 to 11.
  • Six cities (30%) fell in rank but stayed in the top 20, including last year’s number one, Belle Meade, which held the top spot in 2018 and 2019.
  • Tennessee’s safest cities all had lower violent crime rates than both state (6.2) and national (3.7) rates. 
  • 60% of the cities limited violent crime to less than one incident per 1,000, with Coopertown boasting the lowest violent crime rate, 0.2. 
  • Nine cities reported five or fewer total violent crimes, and 13 stayed under 10.
  • The safest cities all came in under both state (28.3) and national (22.0) property crime rates, and no city reported more than 16.8 incidents per 1,000. That’s more than five points below the national property crime rate.
  • Church Hill reported the lowest property crime rate at 2.7 incidents per 1,000, followed by Whiteville with 4.2 and Signal Mountain with 4.3.
  • Half of the cities reported fewer than 50 total property crimes.
Tennessee safest cities heat map showing population and crime score

The 20 Safest Cities in Tennessee

VC = Violent Crime
PC = Property Crime

#1

Church Hill

+4

Church Hill, Tennessee
Population 6,664
Median Income $43,680
VCR Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.5, 0.7, 1.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.7, 4.0, 4.2

#2

Coopertown

+6

Coopertown, Tennessee
Population 4,552
Median Income $61,047
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.2, 0.9, 1.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 5.3, 4.0, 5.4

#3

Signal Mountain

+6

Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Population 8,602
Median Income $103,139
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.7, 1.0, 0.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.3, 5.9, 4.3

#4

Bean Station

+8

Bean Station, Tennessee
Population 3,094
Median Income $34,660
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.6, 1.3, 3.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 7.1, 11.3, 17.2

#5

Belle Meade

-4

Belle Meade, Tennessee
Population 2,917
Median Income $195,000
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3, 0.0, 0.0
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 8.6, 10.1, 10.3

#6

Loudon

+1

Loudon, Tennessee
Population 5,815
Median Income $37,155
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.7, 0.9, 1.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 8.1, 13.6, 12.6

#7

Oakland

+3

Oakland, Tennessee
Population 8,107
Median Income $74,129
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.4, 1.1, 0.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.6, 7.6, 9.8

#8

Brentwood

-4

Brentwood, Tennessee
Population 43,507
Median Income $151,722
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.8, 0.7, 0.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 9.3, 9.4, 9.3

#9

Atoka

+5

Atoka, Tennessee
Population 9,305
Median Income $89,440
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.0, 1.5, 2.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 8.7, 11.3, 11.0

#10

Pleasant View

-8

Pleasant View, Tennessee
Population 4,449
Median Income $80,838
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.7, 0.2, 0.5
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 11.0, 15.1, 7.6

#11

Tiptonville

+29

Tiptonville, Tennessee
Population 4,304
Median Income $23,421
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.9, 2.8, 1.6
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 7.4, 7.9, 8.8

#12

Spring Hill

+6

Spring Hill, Tennessee
Population 41,354
Median Income $86,538
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.0, 1.7, 1.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.8, 10.0, 8.3

#13

Collegedale

-10

Collegedale, Tennessee
Population 12,189
Median Income $52,931
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.4, 0.5, 0.7
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 14.8, 16.6, 12.2

#14

Whiteville

+7

Whiteville, Tennessee
Population 4,500
Median Income $27,228
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 3.1, 1.8, 1.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 4.2, 5.1, 8.4

#15

Medina

+8

Medina, Tennessee
Population 4,313
Median Income $63,357
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.6, 1.9, 1.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 6.5, 8.6, 13.9

#16

Mount Carmel

+19

Population 5,345
Median Income $47,889
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.5, 2.4, 1.8
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 11.0, 8.1, 6.8

#17

Huntingdon

+11

Huntingdon, Tennessee
Population 3,807
Median Income $25,692
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.3, 2.1, 2.3
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 16.8, 31.5, 22.2

#18

Franklin

+6

Franklin, Tennessee
Population 80,825
Median Income $92,589
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 1.5, 1.9, 2.1
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 12.1, 13.6, 14.5

#19

Germantown

-13

Germantown, Tennessee
Population 39,179
Median Income $113,392
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 0.8, 0.8, 1.2
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 15.4, 12.6, 12.8

#20

Jonesborough

-4

Jonesborough, Tennessee
Population 5,446
Median Income $47,461
VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 2.2, 1.7, 1.9
PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018 10.5, 21.6, 14.8

How We Determined the Safest Cities

Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about your home security options, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, which is based on the median population of the state. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2018.

2020 RankingCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
21South Pittsburg3,0311.612.9
22McKenzie5,3921.514.1
23Nolensville8,5451.914.6
24Kingston5,7942.910.7
25Fairview8,8981.715.7
26Maryville28,9611.616.6
27Hendersonville58,4371.915.6
28Millersville6,9143.210.7
29Collierville50,9851.617
30Greenbrier6,8993.59.7
31Erwin5,8402.912.3
32Mount Juliet36,397217.3
33Gallatin38,4503.114
34Lafayette5,3181.920.5
35Waverly4,0932.219.3
36White Bluff3,5354.211.3
37Oliver Springs3,2561.522.1
38Dandridge2,981124.5
39Soddy-Daisy13,8041.422.9
40Portland12,8872.817.6
41Livingston4,0162.717.9
42White House11,818317
43Mount Pleasant4,9243.914
44Dayton7,3651.823.8
45Bartlett59,4073.218.8
46Martin10,4182.623.5
47Etowah3,4614.914.7
48Henderson6,2344.318
49Centerville3,5573.919.7
50Lenoir City9,2842.824.6
51Harriman6,1322.326.9
52Jasper3,3175.115.7
53Munford6,0904.418.6
54Camden3,5001.430.9
55Newbern3,3343.922.2
56La Vergne36,1674.322.7
57Trenton4,0434.922.5
58Smithville4,7833.827.4
59Red Bank11,7684.425.2
60Lewisburg11,9676.718
61Algood4,5172.933.9
62Paris10,0884.528.1
63Somerville3,2137.517.1
64Oak Ridge29,0675.625.3
65Murfreesboro140,7024.431.4
66Goodlettsville17,0004.631.4
67Milan7,6406.425
68Lebanon33,1815.628.3
69Sparta4,9512.641.4
70Tullahoma19,3215.532
71Bristol26,8635.631.9
72East Ridge21,1354.735.4
73Clarksville156,2646.728.9
74Johnson City66,7954.139.3
75Columbia38,8026.332.1
76La Follette6,7223.942.4
77Hohenwald3,6716.830.8
78Humboldt8,1105.735.4
79Shelbyville21,708730.3
80Cookeville33,7854.242
81Oneida3,6734.939.5
82Winchester8,5046.334.1
83Greeneville14,8674.442.8
84Manchester10,7195.837.4
85McMinnville13,6686.335.8
86Lexington7,6735.640
87Madisonville4,7544.645.9
88Clinton10,1375.542.5
89Springfield16,8968.631.4
90Ashland City4,6412.854.7
91Elizabethton13,6574.549.8
92Fayetteville7,0248.336.2
93Bolivar4,95410.328.3
94Selmer4,445933.5
95Sevierville16,9995.449
96Gatlinburg4,1923.855.6
97Dunlap5,1116.746.8
98Ripley7,9778.838.7
99Rogersville4,2645.452.5
100Lawrenceburg10,8076.251.4
101Knoxville188,653846.8
102Morristown29,8848.146.4
103Crossville11,5358.246.6
104Alcoa10,5067.849.1
105Dickson15,6378.548.4
106Kingsport53,4657.652.4
107Jackson66,8481042.9
108Pulaski7,6507.752.7
109Metropolitan Nashville Police Department686,49211.140.1
110Brownsville9,49011.240.6
111Rockwood5,4176.658.7
112Sweetwater5,8738.752.3
113Millington11,0169.253.2
114Cleveland44,9549.255.9
115Chattanooga180,39710.560.6
116Dyersburg16,38212.557.6
117Athens13,6278.776.5
118Pigeon Forge6,2918.777.3
119Newport6,7708.978.9
120Savannah6,96811.671
121Memphis652,22619.464.1

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Sources

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2018 Crime in the United States
SafeWise, “2020 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “American Fact Finder

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more

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