These Are The 10 Hardest Working Places In Tennessee

We crunched the numbers to identify the places in Tennessee that get up early and stay late to bring home the bacon.

Chris Kolmarby Chris KolmarRankings - 2 years ago

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America has been known as the land of opportunity for as long as I can remember. It’s the one place in the world where if you bare down and work your nose to the grindstone, you can make a better life for your family and yourself.

And while everyone in Tennessee works hard, there’s a certain part of the Volunteer State that takes the Puritan work ethic to the extreme — the hardest working places in Tennessee .

Who’s the leader of this work around the clock ethos? That would be Arlington which takes top honors for the hardest working place in Tennessee. People work so hard there they manage to make getting to work a job.

So what other places burn the midnight oil to bring home a large piece of bacon? You’re going to have to get to the office early and stay late on Fridays to beat out these places in Tennessee for a promotion:

  1. Arlington
  2. Spring Hill
  3. Brentwood
  4. Collierville
  5. Nolensville
  6. Green Hill
  7. Germantown
  8. Lakeland
  9. Franklin
  10. Signal Mountain

So listen up Newport as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Hardest Working Places In The Volunteer State

Like all problems here at Zippia, we start with the data to answer the hard questions. Some might even consider us the hardest working data-crunchers this side of the Mississippi.

In this particular case, we went to the latest version of the American Community Survey looking for answers. As luck would have it, the Census Bureau just released the 2009-2014 5-Yr Estimate which would make this analysis the first of it’s kind with the new data.

After scrolling through what seemed like hundreds of criteria, we settled on this set for each State:

  • Average hours worked
  • Average commute time
  • Workers per household (Employed labor force divided by the number households)
  • Labor force participation rate
  • Adults with a college degree

Our thinking went something along the lines of if you are spent the many years getting a degree, are actively seeking employment, work a ton of hours when employed, and spend forever getting to work, you get the Zippia hardworking stamp of approval.

After we got the data for all 105 places in Tennessee, we ranked each place from 1 to 105 for each of the criteria with 1 being the “hardest working”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each to create a hardworking index.

Finally, we crowned the place with the lowest hard working index the “Hardest Working Place In Tennessee”. And, at the end of the day, Arlington had it’s hard work pay off.

Read the detailed chart below to learn a bit more about why each place ranked where it did.

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1. Arlington

Arlington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,623College Graduates: 42.3%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.9
Workers Per Household: 1.8

2. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,467College Graduates: 42.8%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.5
Workers Per Household: 1.6

3. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,059College Graduates: 67.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.0
Workers Per Household: 1.5

4. Collierville

Collierville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,780College Graduates: 52.7%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.7
Workers Per Household: 1.6

5. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,131College Graduates: 58.5%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 37.7
Workers Per Household: 1.5

6. Green Hill


Population: 6,667 College Graduates: 29.9%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 38.5
Workers Per Household: 1.5

7. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,207College Graduates: 65.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.3
Workers Per Household: 1.4

8. Lakeland

Lakeland, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,549College Graduates: 44.0%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.6
Workers Per Household: 1.4

9. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,596College Graduates: 56.1%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 39.8
Workers Per Household: 1.4

10. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,416College Graduates: 66.4%
Average Hours Worked Per Week: 40.5
Workers Per Household: 1.2

Detailed List Of Hardest Places In Tennessee

City Rank Population College Graduates Average Hours Worked Per Week Workers Per Household
Arlington 1 11,623 42.3% 38.9 1.8
Spring Hill 2 31,467 42.8% 39.5 1.6
Brentwood 3 39,059 67.9% 40.0 1.5
Collierville 4 46,780 52.7% 39.7 1.6
Nolensville 5 6,131 58.5% 37.7 1.5
Green Hill 6 6,667 29.9% 38.5 1.5
Germantown 7 39,207 65.1% 40.3 1.4
Lakeland 8 12,549 44.0% 39.6 1.4
Franklin 9 66,596 56.1% 39.8 1.4
Signal Mountain 10 8,416 66.4% 40.5 1.2
Bartlett 11 57,805 35.5% 39.4 1.5
Hendersonville 12 53,257 32.5% 40.0 1.4
Mount Juliet 13 27,053 34.3% 40.0 1.5
Farragut 14 21,111 60.7% 38.6 1.4
White House 15 10,618 25.4% 40.1 1.5
Fairview 16 8,020 25.8% 38.1 1.4
Oakland 17 6,944 31.5% 42.1 1.4
Smyrna 18 42,235 23.6% 40.0 1.5
Murfreesboro 19 114,660 37.0% 38.0 1.5
Nashville 20 624,261 35.8% 38.7 1.4
Middle Valley 21 13,282 26.2% 38.3 1.3
Atoka 22 8,727 23.8% 39.9 1.5
Jonesborough 23 5,138 29.5% 39.7 1.1
La Vergne 24 33,637 18.6% 39.6 1.7
Maryville 25 27,824 35.1% 37.8 1.2
Johnson City 26 64,614 38.9% 36.6 1.2
Harrison 27 7,595 23.1% 36.7 1.4
Gallatin 28 31,800 20.8% 40.1 1.3
Millersville 29 6,481 13.5% 41.1 1.5
Collegedale 30 9,488 33.2% 34.2 1.6
East Ridge 31 21,220 20.2% 38.9 1.2
Pigeon Forge 32 6,004 14.5% 42.6 1.4
Sevierville 33 15,592 18.1% 38.6 1.4
Red Bank 34 11,759 25.6% 36.7 1.3
Goodlettsville 35 16,466 28.8% 37.7 1.3
Clarksville 36 140,563 23.6% 40.8 1.4
Seymour 37 10,703 16.1% 39.4 1.3
Knoxville 38 181,759 29.9% 37.1 1.1
Oak Ridge 39 29,301 40.8% 38.3 1.2
Millington 40 11,152 17.9% 39.2 1.3
Greenbrier 41 6,550 18.8% 38.7 1.4
Dickson 42 14,814 13.3% 39.1 1.2
Portland 43 11,853 13.5% 40.2 1.4
Jackson 44 67,190 27.9% 37.4 1.3
Munford 45 6,001 12.4% 39.7 1.5
Chattanooga 46 171,863 26.3% 37.8 1.2
Lebanon 47 27,847 21.7% 38.8 1.3
Manchester 48 10,223 18.0% 40.5 1.1
Fairfield Glade 49 7,754 36.4% 36.8 0.4
Cleveland 50 42,331 24.3% 37.1 1.3
Soddy-Daisy 51 13,109 18.4% 38.7 1.2
Tellico Village 52 6,385 62.3% 36.0 0.5
Memphis 53 656,715 24.7% 37.9 1.3
Clinton 54 9,874 21.3% 37.9 1.0
Church Hill 55 6,742 15.8% 37.8 1.2
Springfield 56 16,598 13.4% 39.4 1.3
Alcoa 57 8,556 18.5% 39.3 1.1
Bristol 58 26,705 22.4% 37.5 1.1
Lynchburg 59 6,348 13.9% 38.8 1.4
Mount Carmel 60 5,443 14.1% 40.8 1.1
Athens 61 13,603 23.2% 38.4 1.1
Loudon 62 5,606 10.5% 39.6 1.2
Hartsville/Trousdale County 63 7,859 11.9% 38.5 1.3
South Cleveland 64 5,951 12.7% 39.0 1.4
McKenzie 65 5,561 27.6% 32.9 1.1
Martin 66 11,396 28.2% 33.7 1.3
Winchester 67 8,493 21.5% 40.5 1.0
Dyersburg 68 16,998 24.1% 39.0 1.0
Columbia 69 35,207 16.9% 38.7 1.2
Kingston 70 5,888 16.9% 37.5 1.0
Kingsport 71 52,835 25.4% 37.8 1.0
Tullahoma 72 18,900 23.6% 38.6 1.1
Jefferson City 73 8,342 20.3% 36.5 1.3
McMinnville 74 13,600 12.1% 40.0 1.0
Milan 75 7,826 16.4% 39.7 1.2
Pulaski 76 7,734 16.2% 39.7 1.0
Henderson 77 6,429 16.7% 37.0 1.4
Cookeville 78 31,004 27.1% 35.8 1.1
Greeneville 79 15,015 21.4% 37.9 1.0
Lexington 80 7,771 18.1% 40.1 1.1
Elizabethton 81 14,322 20.9% 37.5 1.0
Morristown 82 29,152 16.4% 38.4 1.1
Shelbyville 83 20,616 8.2% 37.9 1.1
Brownsville 84 10,079 15.9% 38.5 1.1
Crossville 85 11,125 18.3% 36.5 1.0
Union City 86 10,791 19.4% 39.7 1.0
Lewisburg 87 11,252 10.1% 39.0 1.2
Fayetteville 88 6,991 16.7% 40.6 1.0
Lenoir City 89 8,867 11.1% 37.9 1.2
Paris 90 10,165 14.4% 38.1 1.0
Sweetwater 91 5,856 12.2% 39.0 1.0
Covington 92 9,033 9.0% 38.0 1.2
Bolivar 93 5,275 10.7% 36.8 1.1
Ripley 94 8,350 14.4% 37.8 1.0
Dayton 95 7,316 10.3% 38.0 1.1
Bloomingdale 96 9,882 7.6% 36.7 1.1
Humboldt 97 8,363 8.3% 37.5 1.0
Savannah 98 7,029 13.0% 37.2 1.0
Rockwood 99 5,480 6.1% 38.8 0.9
Erwin 100 6,052 12.4% 39.3 0.9
Sparta 101 5,036 8.4% 37.8 0.9
Harriman 102 6,296 11.6% 40.1 0.9
Lawrenceburg 103 10,440 9.4% 39.0 1.0
La Follette 104 7,304 7.8% 37.6 0.8
Newport 105 6,890 5.9% 35.9 0.9

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