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Most Americans have never been to Tennessee. However, as the people who live there know, Tennessee is an awesome state.
But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Tennessee has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the Volunteer State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.
After analyzing more than 171 of Tennessee's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Tennessee where you'd never want to live:
So what is the worst small town to call home in tennessee for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Jellico is the worst small town to live in Tennessee.
Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Tennessee has its stuff figured out.
Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.
The 10 Worst Small Towns In Tennessee For 2020
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $65,300 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 25.5% (2nd worst)
More on East Cleveland: Data
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $83,500 (36th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.8% (13th worst)
More on Winfield: Data
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $68,500 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.7% (45th worst)
More on Altamont: Data
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $69,100 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 14.9% (12th worst)
More on Jamestown: Data
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $79,500 (28th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.9% (9th worst)
More on Spencer: Data
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $77,500 (24th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.3% (29th worst)
More on Gruetli-Laager: Data
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Home Value: $92,300 (55th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.2% (95th worst)
More on Red Boiling Springs: Data
How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?
In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Tennessee, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.
So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.
How we determined the worst small towns to live in Tennessee for 2020
We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:
- Population Density (The lower the worse)
- Highest Unemployment Rates
- Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
- Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
- Education (Number of high school dropouts)
- High Crime
We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 171 to be exact.
Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.
This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.
There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Tennessee
If you're analyzing teeny places in the Volunteer State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.
If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Tennessee, according to science:
- Oak Hill (Pop. 4,634)
- Belle Meade (Pop. 2,401)
- Lookout Mountain (Pop. 1,992)
For more Tennessee reading, check out:
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Tennessee
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