These Are The 10 Cities In Tennessee With The Lowest Unemployment Rate

by Chris Kolmar
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If you find yourself dissatisfied with where your career is, but not your home, you might be looking for a new job within your community — but how hard will finding one be in your hometown? To help, we present to you the cities in Tennessee with the strongest job markets by unemployment rates.

Many people live where they do because a job brought them there, but if you’re trying to live up to a millennial stereotype and move to Tennessee for some arbitrary reason… or even looking for a new job or moving to a state first and getting a job after, then the job market’s strength is especially important for you.

Well we went to the source of all things demographic data – the Census – to figure out which cities have the lowest unemployment. We set a threshold of city population and found data for each city in the Volunteer State and crunched the numbers to find the cream of the crop:

  1. Arlington(Jobs)
  2. Brentwood(Jobs)
  3. Lakeland(Jobs)
  4. Spring Hill(Jobs)
  5. Germantown(Jobs)
  6. Collierville(Jobs)
  7. Farragut(Jobs)
  8. Franklin(Jobs)
  9. East Ridge(Jobs)
  10. Mount Juliet(Jobs)

Even if you’re an employer looking for a strong community to relocate to, a highly employed population is a powerful indicator of a community’s overall health. And, in that regard, Arlington takes the cake as the place in Tennessee with the lowest unemployment rate.

Read on to see how we help you identify those places in Tennessee that have the most robust job force.

Or for more Tennessee job information, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Tennessee With The Lowest Unemployment Rates

Before we could dive into what Tennessee’s most employed cities were, we needed to know where to look in the first place. We settled upon any place with over 10,000 people and data available for our criteria.

This left us with 55 places in Tennessee.

We then looked at the unemployment rates to determine the cream from the crop when it comes to low unemployment, and our data comes directly from the latest American Community Survey from the Census.

We thought the rate alone was representative of the current state of each city’s job market with the potential for a person to get a job there, whether they were making an intrastate, interstate, or intercity job transfer.

We ranked all the cities for the criteria from one to 55 with one being the “most employed city in Tennessee”. Where there was a tie, the winner went to the bigger city.

If your city or town isn’t among the top ten, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart. Otherwise, learn more about how the top ten cities achieved their potential.

1. Arlington

Arlington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,623
Unemployment Rate: 0.8%
Arlington comes in at the top of our list, taking the cake and not sharing a bit of it with only 0.8 percent unemployment, easily blowing away the competition as the top contender.

Certain perks come with being the gold medalist like always having a job.

2. Brentwood

Brentwood, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,059
Unemployment Rate: 3.2%
You might say that second place is actually the first place loser, but Brentwood doesn’t… because it doesn’t look nearly as good on a dating profile as as “first runner-up” or “silver medalist”.

3. Lakeland

Lakeland, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,549
Unemployment Rate: 3.5%
And rounding out our champions’ podium is Lakeland, earning the bronze medal with a score of 3.5 percent in the unemployment rate category.

4. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,467
Unemployment Rate: 3.7%
Following right behind in the number four slot is Spring Hill. With a population of 31467 residents, Spring Hill is a solid place to move in Tennessee if you plan on getting your career search started.

5. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,207
Unemployment Rate: 4.2%
The coveted #5 spot has fallen to the residents in Germantown. Numbering around 39207 people, this city is doing it big with decidedly desirable unemployment rate of 4.2%.

I’m really happy for them, you know, what with their stable careers and all.

6. Collierville

Collierville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,780
Unemployment Rate: 4.5%
The city of Collierville is coming in at #6 with some solid numbers — not enough to blow you away, but enough to make you think twice about moving to another city you were thinking of just because of the dog parks.

7. Farragut

Farragut, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,111
Unemployment Rate: 4.6%
Taking the bittersweet #7 spot is the town of Farragut. With a unemployment rate of 4.6 percent, this city is doing big things like a boss — like the one that’ll be hiring you in this solid job market.

8. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 66,596
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Coming in at #8, Franklin has a job market strong enough to tempt people away from some of Tennessee’s flashier cities where the unemployment rate isn’t as competitive.

9. East Ridge

East Ridge, Tennessee

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,220
Unemployment Rate: 4.8%
Finishing strong at #9 the town of East Ridge, where the unemployment rate is strong enough to keep this city, which is not at allknown as “The City of Hopes and Dreams”, but should consider adopting it.

10. Mount Juliet

Mount Juliet, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,053
Unemployment Rate: 5.0%
Rounding out our list and coming in at #10 is the city of Mount Juliet, Tennessee. Don’t forget, just because it’s last place in this top ten list, that’s still out of 55.

Mount Juliet’s parents are still proud of its life choices.

There You Have It – Unemployment Across Tennessee

There you have it folks, the Ten Cities With the Lowest Unemployment in the state of {state}. They have the numbers and jobs to back it up.

If you’re just dying to move to the {nickname} and feel like throwing caution to the wind and moving-first- getting-employed-later, stick to the cities in our top ten.

If you’d like more information on different cities and states around the U.S. be sure to visit to have all of your questions answered — and if you’re a recent college graduate thinking about moving states, check out which states college grads tend to stay in and which states they abandon.

Here’s a quick look are the places in Tennessee with the highest unemployment rate:

  1. Lawrenceburg
  2. Martin
  3. Union City

Detailed List Of Cities With The Lowest Unemployment In Tennessee

City Rank Unemployment
Arlington 1 0.8%
Brentwood 2 3.2%
Lakeland 3 3.5%
Spring Hill 4 3.7%
Germantown 5 4.2%
Collierville 6 4.5%
Farragut 7 4.6%
Franklin 8 4.7%
East Ridge 9 4.8%
Mount Juliet 10 5.0%
White House 11 5.0%
Bartlett 12 5.2%
Hendersonville 13 5.4%
Smyrna 14 5.9%
Red Bank 15 6.3%
Johnson City 16 6.5%
Maryville 17 6.6%
Mcminnville 18 6.6%
Portland 19 6.7%
La Vergne 20 6.7%
Gallatin 21 6.8%
Sevierville 22 7.0%
Dickson 23 7.2%
Murfreesboro 24 7.4%
Manchester 25 7.8%
Knoxville 26 7.8%
Bristol 27 7.9%
Shelbyville 28 8.1%
Greeneville 29 8.2%
Tullahoma 30 8.4%
Dyersburg 31 8.5%
Kingsport 32 8.7%
Crossville 33 8.8%
Soddy-Daisy 34 9.1%
Millington 35 9.1%
Springfield 36 9.2%
Oak Ridge 37 9.2%
Elizabethton 38 9.4%
Lebanon 39 9.5%
Athens 40 9.6%
Jackson 41 9.7%
Goodlettsville 42 9.8%
Columbia 43 10.1%
Clarksville 44 10.2%
Chattanooga 45 10.2%
Paris 46 11.0%
Morristown 47 11.3%
Cookeville 48 11.5%
Brownsville 49 11.7%
Cleveland 50 11.9%
Lewisburg 51 12.2%
Memphis 52 12.3%
Union City 53 14.6%
Martin 54 14.6%
Lawrenceburg 55 15.1%
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