Tennessee’s 20 Safest Cities of 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

Church Hill, Tennessee
#1
Church Hill
(
+4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    6,664
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $43,680
  • Circle Gun
    VCR Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.5, 0.7, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.7, 4.0, 4.2
Coopertown, Tennessee
#2
Coopertown
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,552
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $61,047
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.2, 0.9, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    5.3, 4.0, 5.4
Signal Mountain, Tennessee
#3
Signal Mountain
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,602
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $103,139
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 1.0, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.3, 5.9, 4.3
Bean Station, Tennessee
#4
Bean Station
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,094
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $34,660
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.6, 1.3, 3.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    7.1, 11.3, 17.2
Belle Meade, Tennessee
#5
Belle Meade
(
-4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    2,917
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $195,000
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 0.0, 0.0
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.6, 10.1, 10.3
Loudon, Tennessee
#6
Loudon
(
+1
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,815
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $37,155
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.9, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.1, 13.6, 12.6
Oakland, Tennessee
#7
Oakland
(
+3
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    8,107
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $74,129
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 1.1, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.6, 7.6, 9.8
Brentwood, Tennessee
#8
Brentwood
(
-4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    43,507
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $151,722
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.7, 0.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    9.3, 9.4, 9.3
Atoka, Tennessee
#9
Atoka
(
+5
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    9,305
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $89,440
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.5, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    8.7, 11.3, 11.0
Pleasant View, Tennessee
#10
Pleasant View
(
-8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,449
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $80,838
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.7, 0.2, 0.5
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.0, 15.1, 7.6
Tiptonville, Tennessee
#11
Tiptonville
(
+29
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,304
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $23,421
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.9, 2.8, 1.6
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    7.4, 7.9, 8.8
Spring Hill, Tennessee
#12
Spring Hill
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    41,354
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $86,538
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.0, 1.7, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    10.8, 10.0, 8.3
Collegedale, Tennessee
#13
Collegedale
(
-10
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    12,189
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $52,931
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.4, 0.5, 0.7
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    14.8, 16.6, 12.2
Whiteville, Tennessee
#14
Whiteville
(
+7
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,500
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $27,228
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    3.1, 1.8, 1.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    4.2, 5.1, 8.4
Medina, Tennessee
#15
Medina
(
+8
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    4,313
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $63,357
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.6, 1.9, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    6.5, 8.6, 13.9
#16
Mount Carmel
(
+19
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,345
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $47,889
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.5, 2.4, 1.8
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    11.0, 8.1, 6.8
Huntingdon, Tennessee
#17
Huntingdon
(
+11
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    3,807
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $25,692
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.3, 2.1, 2.3
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    16.8, 31.5, 22.2
Franklin, Tennessee
#18
Franklin
(
+6
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    80,825
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $92,589
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    1.5, 1.9, 2.1
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    12.1, 13.6, 14.5
Germantown, Tennessee
#19
Germantown
(
-13
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    39,179
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $113,392
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    0.8, 0.8, 1.2
  • Circle Property
    PC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    15.4, 12.6, 12.8
Jonesborough, Tennessee
#20
Jonesborough
(
-4
)
  • Circle Population
    Population
    5,446
  • Circle Dollar
    Median Income
    $47,461
  • Circle Gun
    VC Rate 2020, 2019, 2018
    2.2, 1.7, 1.9
  • Circle Property
    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.

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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 RankingCity

Population Violent Crime (per 1,000)Property Crime (per 1,000)
21

South Pittsburg

3,031

1.6

12.9

22

McKenzie

5,392

1.5

14.1

23

Nolensville

8,545

1.9

14.6

24

Kingston

5,794

2.9

10.7

25

Fairview

8,898

1.7

15.7

26

Maryville

28,961

1.6

16.6

27

Hendersonville

58,437

1.9

15.6

28

Millersville

6,914

3.2

10.7

29

Collierville

50,985

1.6

17

30

Greenbrier

6,899

3.5

9.7

31

Erwin

5,840

2.9

12.3

32

Mount Juliet

36,397

2

17.3

33

Gallatin

38,450

3.1

14

34

Lafayette

5,318

1.9

20.5

35

Waverly

4,093

2.2

19.3

36

White Bluff

3,535

4.2

11.3

37

Oliver Springs

3,256

1.5

22.1

38

Dandridge

2,981

1

24.5

39

Soddy-Daisy

13,804

1.4

22.9

40

Portland

12,887

2.8

17.6

41

Livingston

4,016

2.7

17.9

42

White House

11,818

3

17

43

Mount Pleasant

4,924

3.9

14

44

Dayton

7,365

1.8

23.8

45

Bartlett

59,407

3.2

18.8

46

Martin

10,418

2.6

23.5

47

Etowah

3,461

4.9

14.7

48

Henderson

6,234

4.3

18

49

Centerville

3,557

3.9

19.7

50

Lenoir City

9,284

2.8

24.6

51

Harriman

6,132

2.3

26.9

52

Jasper

3,317

5.1

15.7

53

Munford

6,090

4.4

18.6

54

Camden

3,500

1.4

30.9

55

Newbern

3,334

3.9

22.2

56

La Vergne

36,167

4.3

22.7

57

Trenton

4,043

4.9

22.5

58

Smithville

4,783

3.8

27.4

59

Red Bank

11,768

4.4

25.2

60

Lewisburg

11,967

6.7

18

61

Algood

4,517

2.9

33.9

62

Paris

10,088

4.5

28.1

63

Somerville

3,213

7.5

17.1

64

Oak Ridge

29,067

5.6

25.3

65

Murfreesboro

140,702

4.4

31.4

66

Goodlettsville

17,000

4.6

31.4

67

Milan

7,640

6.4

25

68

Lebanon

33,181

5.6

28.3

69

Sparta

4,951

2.6

41.4

70

Tullahoma

19,321

5.5

32

71

Bristol

26,863

5.6

31.9

72

East Ridge

21,135

4.7

35.4

73

Clarksville

156,264

6.7

28.9

74

Johnson City

66,795

4.1

39.3

75

Columbia

38,802

6.3

32.1

76

La Follette

6,722

3.9

42.4

77

Hohenwald

3,671

6.8

30.8

78

Humboldt

8,110

5.7

35.4

79

Shelbyville

21,708

7

30.3

80

Cookeville

33,785

4.2

42

81

Oneida

3,673

4.9

39.5

82

Winchester

8,504

6.3

34.1

83

Greeneville

14,867

4.4

42.8

84

Manchester

10,719

5.8

37.4

85

McMinnville

13,668

6.3

35.8

86

Lexington

7,673

5.6

40

87

Madisonville

4,754

4.6

45.9

88

Clinton

10,137

5.5

42.5

89

Springfield

16,896

8.6

31.4

90

Ashland City

4,641

2.8

54.7

91

Elizabethton

13,657

4.5

49.8

92

Fayetteville

7,024

8.3

36.2

93

Bolivar

4,954

10.3

28.3

94

Selmer

4,445

9

33.5

95

Sevierville

16,999

5.4

49

96

Gatlinburg

4,192

3.8

55.6

97

Dunlap

5,111

6.7

46.8

98

Ripley

7,977

8.8

38.7

99

Rogersville

4,264

5.4

52.5

100

Lawrenceburg

10,807

6.2

51.4

101

Knoxville

188,653

8

46.8

102

Morristown

29,884

8.1

46.4

103

Crossville

11,535

8.2

46.6

104

Alcoa

10,506

7.8

49.1

105

Dickson

15,637

8.5

48.4

106

Kingsport

53,465

7.6

52.4

107

Jackson

66,848

10

42.9

108

Pulaski

7,650

7.7

52.7

109

Metropolitan Nashville Police Department

686,492

11.1

40.1

110

Brownsville

9,490

11.2

40.6

111

Rockwood

5,417

6.6

58.7

112

Sweetwater

5,873

8.7

52.3

113

Millington

11,016

9.2

53.2

114

Cleveland

44,954

9.2

55.9

115

Chattanooga

180,397

10.5

60.6

116

Dyersburg

16,382

12.5

57.6

117

Athens

13,627

8.7

76.5

118

Pigeon Forge

6,291

8.7

77.3

119

Newport

6,770

8.9

78.9

120

Savannah

6,968

11.6

71

121

Memphis

652,226

19.4

64.1

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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

Rebecca Edwards
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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.