tennessee safe cities 2018

A state with natural beauty, cultural heritage, and deep history: Tennessee has it all. Capital and largest city Nashville has long been the center of the country music world, while Memphis is where many great soul, blues and rock n’ roll musicians made a name for themselves. Other tourist destinations abound, including the Great Smokey Mountains National Park (the nation’s most visited), and numerous Civil War battlefields.

9.45 Average violent crime per 1,000
39.33 Average property crime per 1,000

Brentwood earns the title of the safest city in Tennessee. The affluent suburb of Nashville is the home of many country music greats, and boasts a violent crime rate many times lower than the state average. Spring Hill (#2) is a bit further out at 30 miles south of Nashville. The community of 37,599 dates back to 1808 and has a property crime rate of less than 10 incidents per 1,000.

Much smaller than the preceding two entries on the list, Collegedale (#3) is a suburb of Chattanooga and home to Southern Adventist University. We move east to Germantown, a suburb of Memphis, for number four on the list. Named “Tree City USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation for over 20 consecutive years, Germantown’s violent crime rate is over fifteen times smaller than nearby Memphis. Mount Juliet, another well-to-do suburb of Nashville, rounds out the list at #5.

1.  BRENTWOOD

42,739 Population
25 Violent Crimes
397 Property Crimes
brentwood crime 2018

2.  SPRING HILL

37,599 Population
72 Violent Crimes
313 Property Crimes
spring hill crime 2018

3. COLLEGEDALE

11,245 Population
8 Violent Crimes
137 Property Crimes
collegedale crime 2018

4. GERMANTOWN

39,311 Population
46 Violent Crimes
503 Property Crimes
germantown crime 2018

5. MOUNT JULIET

33,048 Population
54 Violent Crimes
490 Property Crimes
mount juliet crime 2018

Tennessee's Safest Cities

RankCityPopulationViolent crimeProperty crimeViolent per 1,000Property per 1,000
1Brentwood42,739253970.589.29
2Spring Hill37,599723131.918.32
3Collegedale11,24581370.7112.18
4Germantown39,311465031.1712.80
5Mount Juliet33,048544901.6314.83
6Hendersonville56,965758741.3215.34
7Collierville49,531807401.6214.94
8Franklin74,7711541,0852.0614.51
9Gallatin35,1541394523.9512.86
10Bartlett58,8971899563.2116.23
11White House11,419411963.5917.16
12Goodlettsville23,358545182.3122.18
13Soddy-Daisy13,215352982.6522.55
14Maryville28,661556801.9223.73
15Portland12,502452783.6022.24
16La Vergne35,2282416466.8418.34
17Martin10,859322662.9524.50
18Smyrna48,0162501,2605.2126.24
19Lewisburg11,5521102309.5219.91
20Clarksville152,5269353,8536.1325.26
21Red Bank11,789853207.2127.14
22Murfreesboro129,7307903,8676.0929.81
23Columbia37,2192541,0796.8228.99
24Oak Ridge29,2961968636.6929.46
25Lebanon31,1252009516.4330.55
26Greeneville15,101495563.2436.82
27Bristol26,6561589005.9333.76
28Shelbyville21,5111576947.3032.26
29Johnson City66,5112632,4883.9537.41
30Springfield16,8731235517.2932.66
31Tullahoma19,2291067015.5136.46
32Millington11,002764186.9137.99
33Cookeville32,2921651,3955.1143.20
34McMinnville13,7891355239.7937.93
35Elizabethton13,672466513.3647.62
36Clinton10,091654406.4443.60
37Nashville Metropolitan668,6857,37124,71911.0236.97
38Manchester10,596764787.1745.11
39Kingsport53,0593692,5016.9547.14
40Jackson66,9906282,9479.3743.99
41East Ridge21,3111959829.1546.08
42Sevierville16,843569383.3255.69
43Paris10,143495564.8354.82
44Crossville11,514955848.2550.72
45Lawrenceburg10,595795627.4653.04
46Knoxville186,5831,67210,3248.9655.33
47Chattanooga177,8011,8199,75210.2354.85
48Cleveland44,4233842,7048.6460.87
49Dickson15,5011509229.6859.48
50Union City10,506916568.6662.44
51Memphis656,43411,94736,98818.2056.35
52Dyersburg16,7112311,12813.8267.50
53Athens13,7171371,0689.9977.86

METHODOLOGY

To identify the safest cities in Tennessee, we reviewed the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report statistics along with our own population data and internal research. We eliminated any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI and removed cities with populations under 10,000.


The remaining cities were ranked based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) per 1,000 people. These variables were then weighted, with violent crimes accounting for 1.5 of the total (due to their severity) than property crimes. 

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