Tennessee’s 20 Safest Cities of 2019

Written by | Updated April 4, 2019

SafeWise is happy to release our fifth annual Safest Cities report. Here are the 20 Safest Cities in Tennessee for 2019. See if your city made the list.

The Volunteer State’s safest cities seem to be full of citizens stepping up to keep their communities safe. Each of Tennessee’s safest cities had fewer than two incidents of violent crime per 1,000 people, but the state doesn’t do as well overall. Tennessee’s statewide violent crime rate of 9.07 is double the national rate of 4.49 crimes per 1,000.

It doesn’t get much better when you add property crime to the mix. The state’s rate of 39.88 incidents per 1,000 isn’t double the national rate of 27.11, but it’s still remarkably high. Our safest cities deliver some good news, though. Among all 20, just one city had a property crime rate above the national average—Sparta, with 60 property crimes per 1,000. Every other city on the list had 22 or fewer incidents.

Look for your favorite Tennessee town on the list, and see how it compares to the rest when it comes to keeping crime low.

Tennessee's Safest Cities

Interesting Findings

  • 70% of this year’s safest cities made the list for the second time, and the top two (Belle Meade and Pleasant View) held their rankings year over year.
  • 80% of the cities had no occurrence of murder, 45% had no robberies, and 60% had no counts of arson.
  • Tennessee’s biggest concern is property crime, with 72% of State of Safety participants citing it as a top worry, versus 59% nationwide. Violent crime comes in second, with 65% naming it a primary concern.
  • 16% reported experiencing a property crime in the past year, matching the national average.
  • Having someone break into their home is the highest concern among property crime offenses (73% vs. 63% nationally), but it was relatively rare when you look at actual reported crimes in the safest cities—just three cities reported more than 60 burglaries. And burglary made up just 11% of the total property crimes reported among the safest cities.

The 20 Safest Cities in Tennessee

#1

Belle Meade

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Belle Meade, Tennessee
Population 2,975
Median Income $195,000
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.00
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.08

#2

Pleasant View

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Pleasant View, Tennessee
Population 4,382
Median Income $80,838
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.23
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 15.06

#3

Collegedale

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Collegedale, Tennessee
Population 12,005
Median Income $52,931
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.50
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 16.58

#4

Brentwood

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Brentwood, Tennessee
Population 43,468
Median Income $151,722
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.71
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 9.41

#5

Church Hill

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Church Hill, Tennessee
Population 6,739
Median Income $43,688
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.74
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.01

#6

Germantown

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Germantown, Tennessee
Population 39,086
Median Income $113,392
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.79
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.56

#7

Loudon

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Loudon, Tennessee
Population 5,811
Median Income $37,155
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.86
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 13.59

#8

Coopertown

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Coopertown, Tennessee
Population 4,455
Median Income $61,047
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 0.90
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 4.04

#9

Signal Mountain

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Population 8,624
Median Income $103,139
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.04
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 5.91

#10

Oakland

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Oakland, Tennessee
Population 7,884
Median Income $74,129
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.14
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 7.61

#11

Nolensville

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Nolensville, Tennessee
Population 7,889
Median Income $120,411
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.27
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 12.68

#12

Bean Station

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Bean Station, Tennessee
Population 3,090
Median Income $34,660
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.29
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.33

#13

Collierville

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Collierville, Tennessee
Population 49,790
Median Income $113,957
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.51
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 18.30

#14

Atoka

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Atoka, Tennessee
Population 9,197
Median Income $89,440
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.52
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 11.31

#15

Sparta

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Sparta, Tennessee
Population 5,101
Median Income $31,279
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.57
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 60.18

#16

Jonesborough

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
Population 5,378
Median Income $47,461
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.67
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 21.57

#17

Maryville

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Maryville, Tennessee
Population 28,918
Median Income $56,270
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.69
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 22.10

#18

Spring Hill

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Spring Hill, Tennessee
Population 39,366
Median Income $86,538
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.73
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 10.03

#19

Mount Juliet

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Population 34,888
Median Income $80,130
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.75
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.57

#20

Hendersonville

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
Population 58,034
Median Income $65,918
Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000) 1.76
Property Crime Rate (per 1,000) 17.52

How We Determined the Safest Cities

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

Beyond Safest Cities: What Are the Biggest Safety Concerns in Your State?

Crime statistics are one thing, but do they line up with what people are really worried about when it comes to safety? To find out, SafeWise conducted a nationwide survey. See what the biggest safety concern is in your state—and learn more about what your neighbors are nervous about—in our State of Safety report.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 20?

See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.

RankCityPopulationViolent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
21Whiteville4,4811.795.13
22Algood4,3231.8529.84
23Medina4,2901.868.62
24Franklin76,9951.913.61
25Greenbrier6,8531.912.26
26Millersville6,7921.9110.01
27Soddy-Daisy13,2642.0423.15
28Huntingdon3,8992.0531.55
29Dayton7,2622.0727.13
30Oliver Springs3,2552.1532.26
31Fairview8,6482.217.11
32Kingston5,8232.2314.94
33Lafayette5,2512.2936.56
34McKenzie5,6102.3218.18
35Mount Carmel5,4272.48.11
36Waverly4,1392.4230.2
37Camden3,5462.5435.25
38Munford6,0792.6317.6
39Dandridge2,9832.6830.84
40Tiptonville4,3312.777.85
41Portland12,7102.9118.41
42White House11,5912.9318.98
43Lenoir City9,1872.9432.11
44Oneida3,7162.9641.71
45Erwin5,8943.0515.95
46Jasper3,3713.2628.77
47Martin10,6563.2825.9
48Gallatin36,6893.4313.08
49Smyrna50,0913.4728.89
50Ashland City4,6423.6644.16
51Jefferson City8,3513.8344.67
52Trenton4,1163.8914.82
53Cookeville32,8603.9350.33
54Centerville3,5643.9322.45
55Bartlett58,8953.9619.98
56Johnson City67,1933.9742.13
57Bristol27,1764.0533.67
58Mount Pleasant4,9024.0816.73
59Sevierville16,9914.1848.44
60South Pittsburg3,0974.216.14
61Goodlettsville17,1194.2134.17
62Elizabethton13,7714.2159.11
63Madisonville4,8054.3755.57
64Smithville4,7174.6635.4
65Paris10,194538.26
66McMinnville13,7865.1542.72
67White Bluff3,4835.1716.65
68Greeneville15,0655.1836.24
69Oak Ridge29,3555.2826.2
70Rockwood5,4245.3552.36
71Murfreesboro136,1025.431.88
72Etowah3,5125.4127.62
73Rogersville4,3675.552.21
74Selmer4,4765.5933.74
75Henderson6,5895.9220.94
76Harriman6,1965.9735.67
77Red Bank11,838632.27
78Somerville3,1396.0527.4
79Tullahoma19,3866.0931.47
80Clarksville153,2946.2428.77
81Lewisburg11,6846.7622.77
82Clinton10,1466.843.27
83Lawrenceburg10,7806.8651.48
84East Ridge21,3517.0342.25
85Lebanon32,2487.0729.12
86Dunlap5,1857.1443.97
87Livingston4,0617.1423.39
88Kingsport52,8107.2154.61
89Gatlinburg4,2477.356.75
90Pulaski7,7427.3644.69
91Columbia38,0317.3934.13
92Morristown29,7747.4646.58
93Winchester8,5737.4738.03
94Pigeon Forge6,2547.6870.04
95La Follette6,8977.9744.66
96Shelbyville21,618830.85
97Newbern3,2888.5222.81
98Alcoa10,1288.5957.66
99Milan7,7808.6131.11
100Union City10,5448.6361.55
101Crossville11,5558.6550.19
102Cleveland44,7788.7156.17
103Athens13,7838.9267.98
104Knoxville187,5398.9454.45
105Lexington7,7929.1137.35
106Springfield16,8699.2531.83
107Manchester10,7029.2538.12
108Jackson67,0319.7743.52
109Hohenwald3,66610.6449.65
110Chattanooga178,75310.6659.86
111Savannah7,02310.8273.76
112Millington10,94410.8748.98
113Dickson15,63711.1959.86
114Dyersburg16,61211.2659.9
115Nashville Metropolitan674,94211.3838.18
116Humboldt8,21011.5740.8
117Brownsville9,69812.4843.51
118Fayetteville7,09912.5444.37
119Sweetwater5,95712.5963.29
120Ripley8,06712.6438.18
121Bolivar5,06613.6227.44
122Newport6,81614.6790.23
123Covington8,90916.8454.55
124Memphis652,76520.0362.98

Find the Safest Cities in Each State

Click on the state image below to check out our “Safest City” winners for each state.

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. 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 the home security options, check out SafeWise’s picks for Best Home Security Systems of 2019.

Sources:

FBI Uniform Crime Reporting, “2017 Crime in the United States
SafeWise’s, “2019 State of Safety
US Census Bureau, “2013-2017 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates

Written by Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca has honed her safety and security skills as both a single mom and a college director. Being responsible for the well-being of others helped her learn how to minimize risk and create safe environments. Learn more

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