These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Tennessee

We used data and science to determine which places in Tennessee are all rainbows and sunshine.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Tennessee have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Tennessee places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in Oak Hill, the happiest place in Tennessee.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the Volunteer State”:

  1. Oak Hill
  2. Forest Hills
  3. Germantown
  4. Brentwood
  5. Signal Mountain
  6. Farragut
  7. Arlington
  8. Nolensville
  9. Park City
  10. Collierville
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The Volunteer State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 141 places in Tennessee with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 141 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Tennessee”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Tennessee ranked. Our apologies to Green Hill which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. Oak Hill

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,639 People Who Own Their Home: 85.8%
Married Adults: 71.0%

2. Forest Hills

Forest Hills - Happiest Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 4,911People Who Own Their Home: 93.2%
Married Adults: 73.1%

3. Germantown

Germantown - Happiest Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,207People Who Own Their Home: 82.1%
Married Adults: 65.8%

4. Brentwood

Brentwood - Happiest Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,059People Who Own Their Home: 89.5%
Married Adults: 70.8%

5. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain - Happiest Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,416People Who Own Their Home: 78.2%
Married Adults: 67.2%

6. Farragut

Farragut - Happiest Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,111People Who Own Their Home: 83.8%
Married Adults: 65.6%

7. Arlington

Arlington - Happiest Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,623People Who Own Their Home: 85.6%
Married Adults: 67.0%

8. Nolensville

Nolensville - Happiest Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,131People Who Own Their Home: 91.1%
Married Adults: 69.9%

9. Park City

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,023 People Who Own Their Home: 82.3%
Married Adults: 60.4%

10. Collierville

Collierville - Happiest Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,780People Who Own Their Home: 81.4%
Married Adults: 63.8%

Now It’s Time To Sing A Song All Day Long

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Tennessee

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
Oak Hill 1 4,639 85.8% 71.0%
Forest Hills 2 4,911 93.2% 73.1%
Germantown 3 39,207 82.1% 65.8%
Brentwood 4 39,059 89.5% 70.8%
Signal Mountain 5 8,416 78.2% 67.2%
Farragut 6 21,111 83.8% 65.6%
Arlington 7 11,623 85.6% 67.0%
Nolensville 8 6,131 91.1% 69.9%
Park City 9 3,023 82.3% 60.4%
Collierville 10 46,780 81.4% 63.8%
Green Hill 11 6,667 94.0% 59.7%
Tellico Village 12 6,385 88.7% 83.5%
Lakeland 13 12,549 76.7% 64.0%
Fairfield Glade 14 7,754 73.0% 75.0%
Fairmount 15 2,535 79.7% 68.0%
Spring Hill 16 31,467 77.1% 65.7%
Harrison 17 7,595 78.0% 54.8%
Mount Carmel 18 5,443 81.4% 63.2%
Medina 19 3,852 78.0% 63.3%
Bartlett 20 57,805 79.2% 57.4%
Franklin 21 66,596 65.5% 61.3%
White House 22 10,618 82.4% 62.0%
Pleasant View 23 4,187 85.2% 62.6%
Walden 24 2,002 75.6% 68.9%
Middle Valley 25 13,282 81.5% 58.2%
Louisville 26 2,434 71.5% 66.4%
Jonesborough 27 5,138 63.0% 54.6%
Hendersonville 28 53,257 66.6% 55.9%
Maryville 29 27,824 58.9% 50.3%
Mount Juliet 30 27,053 74.0% 56.1%
South Cleveland 31 5,951 78.0% 61.1%
Fairview 32 8,020 75.3% 62.5%
Church Hill 33 6,742 64.8% 61.6%
Oakland 34 6,944 84.9% 66.9%
Kingston 35 5,888 59.4% 48.2%
Atoka 36 8,727 81.0% 62.7%
Seymour 37 10,703 70.2% 59.9%
Winchester 38 8,493 56.1% 50.9%
Soddy-Daisy 39 13,109 64.5% 58.1%
Kingsport 40 52,835 57.7% 51.9%
Oak Ridge 41 29,301 51.9% 50.0%
Waverly 42 4,113 63.4% 47.0%
Clinton 43 9,874 59.5% 41.5%
Colonial Heights 44 3,462 80.3% 55.4%
Greenbrier 45 6,550 74.9% 55.4%
Jasper 46 3,267 50.6% 42.7%
Etowah 47 3,498 57.5% 48.5%
Tullahoma 48 18,900 53.5% 50.9%
Collegedale 49 9,488 56.5% 50.2%
Munford 50 6,001 56.0% 56.1%
Smyrna 51 42,235 61.1% 48.5%
Dickson 52 14,814 52.7% 46.8%
East Ridge 53 21,220 47.9% 43.0%
Gallatin 54 31,800 50.7% 51.0%
Erwin 55 6,052 58.8% 58.8%
Brighton 56 2,931 66.2% 55.1%
Dyersburg 57 16,998 44.1% 43.8%
Johnson City 58 64,614 49.4% 43.4%
Bristol 59 26,705 61.3% 47.7%
Bloomingdale 60 9,882 63.6% 54.4%
Goodlettsville 61 16,466 51.5% 48.9%
Loudon 62 5,606 44.7% 52.7%
Greenfield 63 2,222 62.9% 47.9%
Plainview 64 2,061 72.0% 59.0%
Clarksville 65 140,563 47.8% 52.7%
Millington 66 11,152 50.8% 46.7%
Millersville 67 6,481 62.2% 50.2%
Sweetwater 68 5,856 56.3% 56.6%
Alcoa 69 8,556 57.7% 44.9%
Lexington 70 7,771 52.6% 50.0%
Elizabethton 71 14,322 54.5% 45.6%
McKenzie 72 5,561 51.7% 43.0%
La Vergne 73 33,637 70.8% 48.7%
Milan 74 7,826 52.5% 46.9%
Crossville 75 11,125 42.3% 49.5%
Huntingdon 76 3,979 60.5% 41.8%
Dunlap 77 4,953 54.7% 48.2%
Central 78 2,060 57.7% 53.9%
Murfreesboro 79 114,660 47.9% 43.9%
Lebanon 80 27,847 51.5% 45.0%
Rockwood 81 5,480 40.3% 45.7%
Jackson 82 67,190 47.3% 40.2%
McMinnville 83 13,600 46.1% 42.8%
Portland 84 11,853 53.7% 54.0%
Greeneville 85 15,015 46.0% 46.6%
Pulaski 86 7,734 39.6% 40.2%
Lafayette 87 4,731 46.6% 43.2%
Red Bank 88 11,759 44.9% 41.9%
Humboldt 89 8,363 52.2% 37.2%
Chattanooga 90 171,863 46.2% 38.7%
Sparta 91 5,036 50.5% 43.9%
Knoxville 92 181,759 43.6% 35.2%
Athens 93 13,603 46.7% 40.6%
Madisonville 94 4,703 43.5% 53.0%
Parsons 95 2,445 54.2% 46.0%
Centerville 96 3,586 64.7% 46.3%
Nashville 97 624,261 48.3% 39.6%
Manchester 98 10,223 42.8% 48.4%
Fayetteville 99 6,991 48.8% 37.4%
Springfield 100 16,598 54.5% 43.6%
Paris 101 10,165 47.2% 45.7%
Dayton 102 7,316 43.4% 42.1%
Sevierville 103 15,592 36.8% 45.0%
Trenton 104 4,215 45.2% 42.7%
Cleveland 105 42,331 43.3% 42.9%
Camden 106 3,596 54.0% 41.5%
Pigeon Forge 107 6,004 21.1% 51.2%
Bolivar 108 5,275 50.7% 33.5%
Union City 109 10,791 43.4% 44.8%
Columbia 110 35,207 51.8% 41.4%
Livingston 111 4,060 50.7% 43.7%
Waynesboro 112 2,649 61.9% 39.7%
Carthage 113 2,042 40.1% 47.6%
Dyer 114 2,335 64.1% 39.7%
Alamo 115 2,423 49.1% 49.6%
Lewisburg 116 11,252 50.2% 39.9%
Shelbyville 117 20,616 44.6% 48.5%
Clifton 118 2,684 53.1% 28.7%
Brownsville 119 10,079 41.6% 36.4%
Martin 120 11,396 39.2% 32.1%
Savannah 121 7,029 48.7% 39.9%
Lawrenceburg 122 10,440 45.5% 44.0%
Oneida 123 3,734 50.9% 47.9%
Jefferson City 124 8,342 38.6% 37.7%
Morristown 125 29,152 45.7% 44.3%
Lenoir City 126 8,867 54.5% 45.3%
Newport 127 6,890 43.8% 39.6%
Monterey 128 2,851 42.6% 54.3%
Cookeville 129 31,004 38.8% 34.9%
Memphis 130 656,715 41.8% 31.7%
Smithville 131 4,587 41.2% 38.6%
Mount Pleasant 132 4,604 51.5% 46.8%
Harriman 133 6,296 37.6% 41.0%
Covington 134 9,033 44.1% 27.6%
Whiteville 135 4,593 41.5% 18.9%
Woodbury 136 2,701 45.1% 31.2%
Ripley 137 8,350 37.3% 32.7%
Pikeville 138 2,047 37.0% 33.0%
La Follette 139 7,304 36.3% 39.6%
Henderson 140 6,429 43.2% 30.1%
Somerville 141 3,113 33.8% 33.3%

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