These Are The 10 Most Successful Cities In Tennessee

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by Chris Kolmar
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What is success? Is it the amount of money you have in your bank account, at any given point? Is it that feeling you get after delivering a killer presentation, or even a pretty decent bar joke?

Or is it something bigger–something wholly unnamable, undefinable, immeasurable, and totally subjective?

Probably so.

But here at Zippia, we like things that we can neatly measure and then expound upon. So yes, with the Power of Math, we have determined the unarguable, totally objective 10 most successful cities in Tennessee. And here they are:

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

If you are trying to argue already with our unarguable list, keep reading. There’s a method to this madness.

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How We Determined The Most Successful Cities In Tennessee

The first thing that comes to most capitalist minds in terms of success is–money. After all, rich people must be successful, right?

Meh. Maybe. But we think there’s a bit more that goes into it than that. So we looked at this set of criteria from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey:




1. Arlington

Arlington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,623Median Income: $97,500
Poverty Level: 2.6%
Unemployment Rate: 2.3%

2. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,059Median Income: $138,395
Poverty Level: 2.8%
Unemployment Rate: 4.0%

3. Signal Mountain

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,416Median Income: $97,092
Poverty Level: 2.0%
Unemployment Rate: 3.1%

4. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,207Median Income: $110,169
Poverty Level: 4.0%
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%

5. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,467Median Income: $76,840
Poverty Level: 3.2%
Unemployment Rate: 3.6%

6. Farragut

Farragut, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,111Median Income: $104,715
Poverty Level: 3.7%
Unemployment Rate: 5.4%

7. Collierville

Collierville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,780Median Income: $106,783
Poverty Level: 3.3%
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%

8. Nolensville

Nolensville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,131Median Income: $102,982
Poverty Level: 4.3%
Unemployment Rate: 4.3%

9. Lakeland

Lakeland, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,549Median Income: $91,620
Poverty Level: 4.9%
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

10. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,596Median Income: $81,432
Poverty Level: 6.1%
Unemployment Rate: 5.3%

Measuring Success

If you’re still looking at this post thinking, “Surely, such superficial methods can’t possibly measure a city, or rather, the individuals that make up that city’s success!” well, you’re probably right.

But we like to measure things, and when it comes to success, we feel pretty successful in our approach. Congrats to Arlington and our winners. And for those who didn’t make the cut, well, better luck next year.

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Detailed List Of The Most Successful Cities In Tennessee

Rank City Median Income Poverty Rate Unemployment Rate
1 Arlington $97,500 2.6% 2.3%
2 Brentwood $138,395 2.8% 4.0%
3 Signal Mountain $97,092 2.0% 3.1%
4 Germantown $110,169 4.0% 4.2%
5 Spring Hill $76,840 3.2% 3.6%
6 Farragut $104,715 3.7% 5.4%
7 Collierville $106,783 3.3% 6.2%
8 Nolensville $102,982 4.3% 4.3%
9 Lakeland $91,620 4.9% 4.6%
10 Franklin $81,432 6.1% 5.3%
11 Bartlett $80,240 3.4% 6.3%
12 White House $68,284 4.2% 7.1%
13 Hendersonville $61,514 6.8% 5.6%
14 Fairview $54,906 6.3% 6.2%
15 Mount Juliet $73,512 8.7% 6.3%
16 Millersville $58,968 7.1% 8.4%
17 Atoka $80,625 6.3% 9.8%
18 Jonesborough $49,688 14.0% 5.7%
19 Oakland $66,981 8.8% 8.7%
20 Mount Carmel $53,080 6.8% 9.3%
21 Maryville $52,120 11.9% 7.5%
22 La Vergne $53,672 8.0% 8.8%
23 Smyrna $52,516 12.6% 7.6%
24 Clinton $40,194 11.3% 6.4%
25 Gallatin $46,279 12.8% 7.7%
26 Kingston $45,424 11.5% 8.0%
27 Munford $62,201 10.2% 10.7%
28 Goodlettsville $52,648 11.1% 9.8%
29 East Ridge $39,445 14.8% 6.4%
30 Church Hill $46,034 10.3% 8.8%
31 Nashville $46,758 16.8% 8.2%
32 Millington $48,779 16.7% 8.5%
33 Murfreesboro $50,337 18.4% 8.4%
34 Soddy-Daisy $42,937 10.7% 9.7%
35 Oak Ridge $52,534 17.0% 9.5%
36 Greenbrier $50,641 7.3% 11.7%
37 Portland $51,027 16.1% 10.0%
38 Collegedale $49,688 11.3% 10.5%
39 Dickson $34,869 15.9% 7.2%
40 Lynchburg $43,393 10.9% 10.8%
41 Clarksville $47,489 15.7% 10.8%
42 Johnson City $39,121 25.4% 6.2%
43 Winchester $39,167 19.2% 9.3%
44 Hartsville/Trousdale County $37,211 14.6% 9.9%
45 Red Bank $37,678 21.1% 8.2%
46 Springfield $39,980 17.2% 10.2%
47 Bristol $35,959 18.3% 9.4%
48 Lebanon $41,051 17.0% 11.1%
49 Loudon $34,195 22.7% 7.8%
50 Kingsport $38,333 19.8% 10.1%
51 Alcoa $34,847 21.4% 8.9%
52 Manchester $38,063 25.3% 8.5%
53 Sevierville $34,167 23.0% 8.1%
54 Chattanooga $39,683 20.6% 10.7%
55 Pigeon Forge $30,885 21.8% 8.0%
56 Dyersburg $34,444 19.7% 10.0%
57 Knoxville $33,494 24.8% 7.9%
58 Lexington $41,847 20.1% 13.7%
59 Tullahoma $35,665 19.5% 12.5%
60 Jackson $37,988 22.0% 11.7%
61 Cleveland $37,325 23.0% 11.1%
62 Sweetwater $34,684 15.8% 15.5%
63 Humboldt $31,515 20.8% 10.1%
64 Columbia $34,325 21.2% 10.7%
65 McMinnville $28,535 27.4% 7.0%
66 Greeneville $32,869 25.1% 10.0%
67 Memphis $37,099 23.6% 13.4%
68 Pulaski $29,019 27.2% 8.4%
69 McKenzie $35,036 27.5% 10.2%
70 Jefferson City $34,683 22.1% 13.6%
71 Lewisburg $32,348 19.9% 14.3%
72 Milan $33,667 24.2% 12.1%
73 Elizabethton $28,721 23.0% 10.4%
74 Athens $31,807 26.5% 10.3%
75 Shelbyville $27,743 30.3% 8.7%
76 Union City $35,051 25.0% 16.5%
77 Crossville $27,946 26.4% 10.1%
78 Rockwood $28,098 30.0% 9.7%
79 Brownsville $29,162 24.1% 13.1%
80 Fayetteville $30,488 26.0% 13.3%
81 Morristown $31,082 27.3% 12.7%
82 Henderson $36,404 29.2% 19.2%
83 Lenoir City $33,500 26.6% 17.6%
84 Erwin $26,884 23.9% 16.1%
85 Sparta $24,035 29.0% 11.3%
86 Lawrenceburg $27,100 25.1% 17.6%
87 Savannah $29,926 26.5% 21.2%
88 Paris $29,705 31.3% 15.7%
89 Harriman $24,495 25.5% 16.7%
90 Dayton $29,391 32.5% 15.7%
91 Cookeville $29,240 38.5% 13.7%
92 Martin $30,189 36.7% 16.2%
93 Bolivar $30,065 34.9% 23.7%
94 Covington $26,784 27.8% 18.5%
95 Newport $22,329 37.7% 15.3%
96 La Follette $23,071 36.2% 18.3%
97 Ripley $23,581 33.8% 22.6%

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