Tennessee’s
50 Safest Cities

2019

If you like country music, comfort food, and gorgeous natural sights, then Tennessee is the state for you. With a population just shy of 6.5 million people, the state’s biggest cities include Memphis, Knoxville, Clarksville, Chattanooga, and don’t forget their capital, Nashville. Aside from tourism, their main industries include a ton of agriculture (think chickens, apples, and peaches galore), automobile manufacturing, and textiles. The name Tennessee itself comes from the name of a Cherokee Nation village, Tanasi. This land locked state is in the Deep South, bordering Kentucky, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkanssa, Missouri, and Virginia. Spanning over 41,000 square miles, Tennessee has it all, from the Mississippi River the Clingmans Dome. Of course, you can’t forget about the state’s many bodies of water aside from the Mississippi River, like the Kentucky Lake, Douglas Lake, the Tennessee River, and more.

If you’re on this page, it’s probably because you’re either moving to Tennessee or planning a trip there. Either way, here are some things that you just can’t miss:

  • Graceland: The former home of Elvis Presley is now a museum featuring tours, two jets, and even a car museum.
  • Cades Cove: Make sure you head over to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park to see beautiful wildlife and homesteads.
  • Ruby Falls: This amazing, 145 foot underground waterfall is located in the Lookout Mountain inside a limestone cavern.

No matter what brings you to Tennessee, safety and security are always a concern. The safest city in Tennessee is Church Hill in Hawkins County. With a population of 6,739 people, the city only saw .74 violent crimes and 4.01 property crimes for every 1,000 residents, which is amazing. Both numbers are down from the previous year, which makes me confident about its safety. Other top picks include Signal Mountain, Oakland, and Brentwood.

6.515

This statistic shows the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in the past year. Violent crimes include forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, as defined by the FBI. 

2.758

This statistic shows how many motor vehicles were stolen per 1,000 of the city’s inhabitants. Across the United States, the rate was 238.8 per every 100,000 inhabitants, according to the FBI.

29.406

Finally, this number shows how many property crimes were committed in the past year per every 1,000 of the city’s residents. Property crimes include burglary, motor vehicle theft, arson and larceny-theft.

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If you’re curious about how we came to our picks for the safest cities in Tennessee, scroll down to the bottom of the page for a full methodology.

1
Church Hill, Tennessee
Church Hill
Safety Score: 89.11

Church Hill, TN

Population 6,739
Median Income 43,688
Households 2,817
Violent Crime 0.74
Violent Crime -1.05
Property Crimes 4.01
Property Crime -0.16

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee
Signal Moun.
Safety Score: 87.57

Signal Mountain, TN

Population 8,624
Median Income 103,139
Households 3,051
Violent Crime 1.04
Violent Crime +0.57
Property Crimes 5.91
Property Crime 1.6

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Oakland, Tennessee
Oakland
Safety Score: 86.51

Oakland, TN

Population 7,884
Median Income 74,129
Households 2,933
Violent Crime 1.14
Violent Crime +0.62
Property Crimes 7.61
Property Crime -2.17

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Brentwood, Tennessee
Brentwood
Safety Score: 85.28

Brentwood, TN

Population 43,468
Median Income 151,722
Households 13,276
Violent Crime 0.71
Violent Crime +0.13
Property Crimes 9.41
Property Crime 0.12

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Mount Carmel, Tennessee
Mount Carme.
Safety Score: 84.7

Mount Carmel, TN

Population 5,427
Median Income 47,889
Households 2,172
Violent Crime 2.4
Violent Crime +0.56
Property Crimes 8.11
Property Crime 1.29

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Spring Hill, Tennessee
Spring Hill
Safety Score: 83.93

Spring Hill, TN

Population 39,366
Median Income 86,538
Households 11,578
Violent Crime 1.73
Violent Crime -0.18
Property Crimes 10.03
Property Crime 1.71

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Millersville, Tennessee
Millersvill.
Safety Score: 83.92

Millersville, TN

Population 6,792
Median Income 60,129
Households 2,648
Violent Crime 1.91
Violent Crime -2.24
Property Crimes 10.01
Property Crime 1.12

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Atoka, Tennessee
Atoka
Safety Score: 83.47

Atoka, TN

Population 9,197
Median Income 89,440
Households 3,025
Violent Crime 1.52
Violent Crime -0.55
Property Crimes 11.31
Property Crime 0.3

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Germantown, Tennessee
Germantown
Safety Score: 83.43

Germantown, TN

Population 39,086
Median Income 113,392
Households 14,822
Violent Crime 0.79
Violent Crime -0.38
Property Crimes 12.56
Property Crime -0.24

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Loudon, Tennessee
Loudon
Safety Score: 82.78

Loudon, TN

Population 5,811
Median Income 37,155
Households 2,125
Violent Crime 0.86
Violent Crime -0.35
Property Crimes 13.59
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Greenbrier, Tennessee
Greenbrier
Safety Score: 82.58

Greenbrier, TN

Population 6,853
Median Income 47,171
Households 2,483
Violent Crime 1.9
Violent Crime -2.07
Property Crimes 12.26
Property Crime 3.59

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Nolensville, Tennessee
Nolensville
Safety Score: 82.1

Nolensville, TN

Population 7,889
Median Income 120,411
Households 2,098
Violent Crime 1.27
Violent Crime -0.41
Property Crimes 12.68
Property Crime -1.98

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Franklin, Tennessee
Franklin
Safety Score: 81.44

Franklin, TN

Population 76,995
Median Income 92,589
Households 27,542
Violent Crime 1.9
Violent Crime -0.16
Property Crimes 13.61
Property Crime -0.9

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Collegedale, Tennessee
Collegedale
Safety Score: 80.67

Collegedale, TN

Population 12,005
Median Income 52,931
Households 3,628
Violent Crime 0.5
Violent Crime -0.21
Property Crimes 16.58
Property Crime 4.4

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Gallatin, Tennessee
Gallatin
Safety Score: 80.64

Gallatin, TN

Population 36,689
Median Income 53,794
Households 12,881
Violent Crime 3.43
Violent Crime -0.52
Property Crimes 13.08
Property Crime 0.22

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Kingston, Tennessee
Kingston
Safety Score: 80.28

Kingston, TN

Population 5,823
Median Income 48,616
Households 2,446
Violent Crime 2.23
Violent Crime -1.03
Property Crimes 14.94
Property Crime -1.55

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Erwin, Tennessee
Erwin
Safety Score: 79.16

Erwin, TN

Population 5,894
Median Income 29,473
Households 2,565
Violent Crime 3.05
Violent Crime +1.88
Property Crimes 15.95
Property Crime 5.55

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Fairview, Tennessee
Fairview
Safety Score: 78.97

Fairview, TN

Population 8,648
Median Income 63,125
Households 2,814
Violent Crime 2.2
Violent Crime -1.24
Property Crimes 17.11
Property Crime -1.85

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Hendersonville, Tennessee
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Safety Score: 78.93

Hendersonville, TN

Population 58,034
Median Income 65,918
Households 21,264
Violent Crime 1.76
Violent Crime +0.44
Property Crimes 17.52
Property Crime 2.18

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Mount Juliet, Tennessee
Mount Julie.
Safety Score: 78.83

Mount Juliet, TN

Population 34,888
Median Income 80,130
Households 11,193
Violent Crime 1.75
Violent Crime +0.12
Property Crimes 17.57
Property Crime 2.74

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Collierville, Tennessee
Colliervill.
Safety Score: 78.66

Collierville, TN

Population 49,790
Median Income 113,957
Households 16,824
Violent Crime 1.51
Violent Crime -0.11
Property Crimes 18.3
Property Crime 3.36

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Munford, Tennessee
Munford
Safety Score: 78.34

Munford, TN

Population 6,079
Median Income 67,813
Households 2,116
Violent Crime 2.63
Violent Crime +0.02
Property Crimes 17.6
Property Crime 2.13

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McKenzie, Tennessee
McKenzie
Safety Score: 78.24

McKenzie, TN

Population 5,610
Median Income 35,600
Households 2,254
Violent Crime 2.32
Violent Crime +0.62
Property Crimes 18.18
Property Crime -9.59

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Portland, Tennessee
Portland
Safety Score: 77.42

Portland, TN

Population 12,710
Median Income 48,449
Households 4,241
Violent Crime 2.91
Violent Crime -0.69
Property Crimes 18.41
Property Crime -3.83

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White House, Tennessee
White House
Safety Score: 76.82

White House, TN

Population 11,591
Median Income 72,374
Households 3,973
Violent Crime 2.93
Violent Crime -0.66
Property Crimes 18.98
Property Crime 1.82

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Jonesborough, Tennessee
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Safety Score: 76.57

Jonesborough, TN

Population 5,378
Median Income 47,461
Households 2,051
Violent Crime 1.67
Violent Crime -0.2
Property Crimes 21.57
Property Crime 6.77

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Maryville, Tennessee
Maryville
Safety Score: 75.73

Maryville, TN

Population 28,918
Median Income 56,270
Households 10,410
Violent Crime 1.69
Violent Crime -0.23
Property Crimes 22.1
Property Crime -1.63

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Bartlett, Tennessee
Bartlett
Safety Score: 75.27

Bartlett, TN

Population 58,895
Median Income 82,213
Households 20,053
Violent Crime 3.96
Violent Crime +0.75
Property Crimes 19.98
Property Crime 3.75

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Soddy-Daisy, Tennessee
Soddy-Daisy
Safety Score: 74.74

Soddy-Daisy, TN

Population 13,264
Median Income 42,131
Households 5,456
Violent Crime 2.04
Violent Crime -0.61
Property Crimes 23.15
Property Crime 0.6

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Henderson, Tennessee
Henderson
Safety Score: 72.84

Henderson, TN

Population 6,589
Median Income 37,688
Households 2,028
Violent Crime 5.92
Violent Crime +2.13
Property Crimes 20.94
Property Crime 6.84

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Dayton, Tennessee
Dayton
Safety Score: 72

Dayton, TN

Population 7,262
Median Income 33,240
Households 2,662
Violent Crime 2.07
Violent Crime -2.65
Property Crimes 27.13
Property Crime -9.39

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Martin, Tennessee
Martin
Safety Score: 71.83

Martin, TN

Population 10,656
Median Income 27,145
Households 3,992
Violent Crime 3.28
Violent Crime +0.33
Property Crimes 25.9
Property Crime 1.4

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Lewisburg, Tennessee
Lewisburg
Safety Score: 70.88

Lewisburg, TN

Population 11,684
Median Income 37,466
Households 4,377
Violent Crime 6.76
Violent Crime -2.76
Property Crimes 22.77
Property Crime 2.86

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Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Oak Ridge
Safety Score: 69.7

Oak Ridge, TN

Population 29,355
Median Income 50,464
Households 12,199
Violent Crime 5.28
Violent Crime -1.41
Property Crimes 26.2
Property Crime -3.26

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Smyrna, Tennessee
Smyrna
Safety Score: 69.29

Smyrna, TN

Population 50,091
Median Income 58,302
Households 17,295
Violent Crime 3.47
Violent Crime -1.74
Property Crimes 28.89
Property Crime 2.65

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Lenoir City, Tennessee
Lenoir City
Safety Score: 67.84

Lenoir City, TN

Population 9,187
Median Income 40,170
Households 3,283
Violent Crime 2.94
Violent Crime +1.31
Property Crimes 32.11
Property Crime 1.59

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Clarksville, Tennessee
Clarksville
Safety Score: 66.95

Clarksville, TN

Population 153,294
Median Income 51,164
Households 53,525
Violent Crime 6.24
Violent Crime +0.11
Property Crimes 28.77
Property Crime 3.51

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Lebanon, Tennessee
Lebanon
Safety Score: 66.44

Lebanon, TN

Population 32,248
Median Income 46,287
Households 10,844
Violent Crime 7.07
Violent Crime +0.64
Property Crimes 29.12
Property Crime -1.43

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Bristol, Tennessee
Bristol
Safety Score: 65.87

Bristol, TN

Population 27,176
Median Income 40,139
Households 11,362
Violent Crime 4.05
Violent Crime -1.88
Property Crimes 33.67
Property Crime -0.09

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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Murfreesbor.
Safety Score: 65.55

Murfreesboro, TN

Population 136,102
Median Income 57,753
Households 47,035
Violent Crime 5.4
Violent Crime -0.69
Property Crimes 31.88
Property Crime 2.07

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Lafayette, Tennessee
Lafayette
Safety Score: 65.48

Lafayette, TN

Population 5,251
Median Income 31,804
Households 2,079
Violent Crime 2.29
Violent Crime -1.44
Property Crimes 36.56
Property Crime -1.37

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Goodlettsville, Tennessee
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Safety Score: 65.23

Goodlettsville, TN

Population 17,119
Median Income 54,319
Households 6,941
Violent Crime 4.21
Violent Crime +1.9
Property Crimes 34.17
Property Crime 11.99

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Tullahoma, Tennessee
Tullahoma
Safety Score: 65

Tullahoma, TN

Population 19,386
Median Income 39,858
Households 8,194
Violent Crime 6.09
Violent Crime +0.58
Property Crimes 31.47
Property Crime -4.99

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Red Bank, Tennessee
Red Bank
Safety Score: 64.91

Red Bank, TN

Population 11,838
Median Income 37,640
Households 5,622
Violent Crime 6
Violent Crime -1.21
Property Crimes 32.27
Property Crime 5.13

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Shelbyville, Tennessee
Shelbyville
Safety Score: 63.95

Shelbyville, TN

Population 21,618
Median Income 37,995
Households 7,497
Violent Crime 8
Violent Crime +0.7
Property Crimes 30.85
Property Crime -1.41

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Greeneville, Tennessee
Greeneville
Safety Score: 63.63

Greeneville, TN

Population 15,065
Median Income 33,445
Households 5,859
Violent Crime 5.18
Violent Crime +1.94
Property Crimes 36.24
Property Crime -0.58

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Milan, Tennessee
Milan
Safety Score: 63.44

Milan, TN

Population 7,780
Median Income 37,075
Households 2,943
Violent Crime 8.61
Violent Crime -2.16
Property Crimes 31.11
Property Crime -3.36

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Harriman, Tennessee
Harriman
Safety Score: 62.59

Harriman, TN

Population 6,196
Median Income 29,103
Households 2,539
Violent Crime 5.97
Violent Crime -1.29
Property Crimes 35.67
Property Crime -4.2

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Bolivar, Tennessee
Bolivar
Safety Score: 62.4

Bolivar, TN

Population 5,066
Median Income 31,899
Households 2,010
Violent Crime 13.62
Violent Crime +1.7
Property Crimes 27.44
Property Crime -10.52

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Springfield, Tennessee
Springfield
Safety Score: 62.24

Springfield, TN

Population 16,869
Median Income 44,296
Households 6,340
Violent Crime 9.25
Violent Crime +1.96
Property Crimes 31.83
Property Crime -0.83

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Didn’t Find Your City in the Top 50?

No big deal! We ranked all of the cities in your state for safety, so scroll down to see where your city landed. And remember— there’s always next year!

Safety RankCityPopulationMedian IncomeViolent CrimeProperty CrimeLaw OfficerSafety Score
51Columbia, TN38,03141,6737.39 34.13 2.2962.23
52Paris, TN10,19433,7435 38.26 2.5561.69
53Johnson City, TN67,19339,1433.97 42.13 2.1759.78
54Winchester, TN8,57344,6597.47 38.03 2.5759.52
55Lexington, TN7,79238,4689.11 37.35 3.4759.32
56Jefferson City, TN8,35136,4583.83 44.67 3.4758.57
57McMinnville, TN13,78632,4605.15 42.72 2.5458.4
58Manchester, TN10,70248,2809.25 38.12 2.958.21
59East Ridge, TN21,35141,6487.03 42.25 2.0157.09
60Clinton, TN10,14644,4126.8 43.27 3.2556.88
61Nashville Metropolitan, TN674,942n/a11.38 38.18 2.0756
62Sevierville, TN16,99136,8844.18 48.44 3.3555.95
63Dunlap, TN5,18548,2087.14 43.97 2.3155.7
64La Follette, TN6,89727,8197.97 44.66 3.6254.96
65Pulaski, TN7,74234,2417.36 44.69 2.9754.89
66Ripley, TN8,06727,30912.64 38.18 2.7354.66
67Cookeville, TN32,86032,3923.93 50.33 2.154.03
68Humboldt, TN8,21035,51411.57 40.8 3.4153.99
69Jackson, TN67,03140,3989.77 43.52 3.1553.88
70Morristown, TN29,77433,5977.46 -46.58 -2.7953.81
71Rockwood, TN5,42430,7775.35 52.36 2.7751.82
72Brownsville, TN9,69832,69212.48 43.51 3.5151.68
73Fayetteville, TN7,09931,22312.54 44.37 3.6651.4
74Lawrenceburg, TN10,78032,0456.86 51.48 3.0650.87
75Crossville, TN11,55529,1838.65 50.19 3.7250.72
76Sparta, TN5,10131,2791.57 60.18 2.9449.39
77Kingsport, TN52,81039,1357.21 54.61 2.2248.25
78Elizabethton, TN13,77133,5844.21 59.11 2.7647.65
79Knoxville, TN187,53936,3318.94 54.45 2.1146.86
80Cleveland, TN44,77841,5708.71 56.17 2.0345.85
81Alcoa, TN10,12841,8898.59 57.66 4.0545.52
82Union City, TN10,54432,8828.63 61.55 3.1342.06
83Chattanooga, TN178,75341,91110.66 59.86 2.741.93
84Dickson, TN15,63740,07111.19 59.86 2.9441.38
85Dyersburg, TN16,61236,82011.26 59.9 3.3141.07
86Covington, TN8,90928,78616.84 -54.55 -3.9340.16
87Pigeon Forge, TN6,25435,5737.68 70.04 9.2740.09
88Sweetwater, TN5,95740,04212.59 63.29 3.1937.66
89Athens, TN13,78331,1778.92 67.98 1.8937.18
90Savannah, TN7,02329,89010.82 73.76 2.7131.56
91Memphis, TN652,76538,23020.03 62.98 3.0230.86
92Newport, TN6,81622,12714.67 90.23 3.9617.12

How Did We Determine the Safest Cities?

Of course, this isn’t just the safest cities according to personal opinion. Rather, we used the FBI’s 2017 and 2016 Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data to choose our top picks, based on factors like:

  • Murder rate
  • Rape rate
  • Robbery Rate
  • Assault rate
  • Burglary rate
  • Theft rate
  • Vehicle theft rate
  • Arson rates
  • Median Income

For each city, we’ll provide the most important information that you need to know, such as the city’s population, violent and property crime rates and trends, median income, average household income, and an overall safety score and ranking. Plus, we’ll show you all the specific numbers for the above rates, in addition to larceny theft rates and the total number of civilians working in law offices.

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