These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Tennessee


We used science and data to determine which people in TN are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Tennessee?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Tennessee – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Tennessee cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the Volunteer State:

  1. Somerville (Photos)
  2. Henderson (Photos)
  3. La Follette (Photos)
  4. Pikeville (Photos)
  5. Ripley (Photos)
  6. Woodbury (Photos)
  7. Whiteville
  8. Covington (Photos)
  9. Harriman (Photos)
  10. Mount Pleasant

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, Oak Hill is the happiest place in Tennessee.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Tennessee

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Tennessee, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 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 most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Tennessee’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.

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1. Somerville

Somerville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,113
People Who Own Their Home: 33.81%
Married Adults: 33.35%

2. Henderson

Henderson, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,429
People Who Own Their Home: 43.2%
Married Adults: 30.08%

3. La Follette

La Follette, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,304
People Who Own Their Home: 36.35%
Married Adults: 39.58%

4. Pikeville

Pikeville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,047
People Who Own Their Home: 36.97%
Married Adults: 32.97%

5. Ripley

Ripley, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,350
People Who Own Their Home: 37.33%
Married Adults: 32.74%

6. Woodbury

Woodbury, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,701
People Who Own Their Home: 45.13%
Married Adults: 31.16%

7. Whiteville


Population: 4,593
People Who Own Their Home: 41.46%
Married Adults: 18.92%

8. Covington

Covington, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,033
People Who Own Their Home: 44.11%
Married Adults: 27.57%

9. Harriman

Harriman, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,296
People Who Own Their Home: 37.58%
Married Adults: 40.98%

10. Mount Pleasant


Population: 4,604
People Who Own Their Home: 51.48%
Married Adults: 46.82%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Tennessee

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Somerville 1 33.81%
Henderson 2 43.2%
La Follette 3 36.35%
Pikeville 4 36.97%
Ripley 5 37.33%
Woodbury 6 45.13%
Whiteville 7 41.46%
Covington 8 44.11%
Harriman 9 37.58%
Mount Pleasant 10 51.48%
Smithville 11 41.21%
Memphis 12 41.76%
Cookeville 13 38.76%
Monterey 14 42.6%
Newport 15 43.83%
Lenoir City 16 54.46%
Morristown 17 45.72%
Jefferson City 18 38.64%
Oneida 19 50.87%
Lawrenceburg 20 45.52%
Savannah 21 48.74%
Martin 22 39.15%
Brownsville 23 41.62%
Clifton 24 53.08%
Shelbyville 25 44.56%
Lewisburg 26 50.17%
Alamo 27 49.09%
Dyer 28 64.13%
Carthage 29 40.08%
Waynesboro 30 61.9%
Livingston 31 50.67%
Columbia 32 51.77%
Union City 33 43.36%
Bolivar 34 50.68%
Pigeon Forge 35 21.06%
Camden 36 54.03%
Cleveland 37 43.35%
Trenton 38 45.2%
Sevierville 39 36.84%
Dayton 40 43.44%
Paris 41 47.22%
Springfield 42 54.53%
Fayetteville 43 48.85%
Manchester 44 42.84%
Nashville 45 48.27%
Centerville 46 64.7%
Parsons 47 54.23%
Madisonville 48 43.54%
Athens 49 46.66%
Knoxville 50 43.62%
Sparta 51 50.45%
Chattanooga 52 46.24%
Humboldt 53 52.18%
Red Bank 54 44.88%
Lafayette 55 46.59%
Pulaski 56 39.58%
Greeneville 57 46.0%
Portland 58 53.67%
Mcminnville 59 46.12%
Jackson 60 47.28%
Rockwood 61 40.33%
Lebanon 62 51.49%
Murfreesboro 63 47.94%
Central 64 57.71%
Dunlap 65 54.7%
Huntingdon 66 60.55%
Crossville 67 42.25%
Milan 68 52.5%
La Vergne 69 70.78%
Mckenzie 70 51.73%
Elizabethton 71 54.53%
Lexington 72 52.62%
Alcoa 73 57.69%
Sweetwater 74 56.29%
Millersville 75 62.25%
Millington 76 50.76%
Clarksville 77 47.82%
Plainview 78 71.99%
Greenfield 79 62.88%
Loudon 80 44.68%
Goodlettsville 81 51.53%
Bloomingdale 82 63.57%
Bristol 83 61.29%
Johnson City 84 49.42%
Dyersburg 85 44.09%
Brighton 86 66.25%
Erwin 87 58.78%
Gallatin 88 50.71%
East Ridge 89 47.95%
Dickson 90 52.7%
Smyrna 91 61.13%
Munford 92 56.01%
Collegedale 93 56.5%
Tullahoma 94 53.48%
Etowah 95 57.46%
Jasper 96 50.56%
Greenbrier 97 74.93%
Colonial Heights 98 80.32%
Clinton 99 59.54%
Waverly 100 63.42%
Oak Ridge 101 51.86%
Kingsport 102 57.67%
Soddy-Daisy 103 64.5%
Winchester 104 56.13%
Seymour 105 70.18%
Atoka 106 80.96%
Kingston 107 59.38%
Oakland 108 84.91%
Church Hill 109 64.79%
Fairview 110 75.27%
South Cleveland 111 77.98%
Mount Juliet 112 74.02%
Maryville 113 58.89%
Hendersonville 114 66.65%
Jonesborough 115 63.0%
Louisville 116 71.49%
Middle Valley 117 81.45%
Walden 118 75.59%
Pleasant View 119 85.2%
White House 120 82.43%
Franklin 121 65.52%
Bartlett 122 79.17%
Medina 123 77.96%
Mount Carmel 124 81.45%
Harrison 125 78.04%
Spring Hill 126 77.12%
Fairmount 127 79.72%
Fairfield Glade 128 73.04%
Lakeland 129 76.66%
Tellico Village 130 88.74%
Green Hill 131 93.99%
Collierville 132 81.41%
Park City 133 82.33%
Nolensville 134 91.12%
Arlington 135 85.63%
Farragut 136 83.81%
Signal Mountain 137 78.24%
Brentwood 138 89.47%
Germantown 139 82.05%
Forest Hills 140 93.24%
Oak Hill 141 85.79%

7 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Tennessee

  1. Your humorous antics are not helping in the promotion of small towns such as Greeneville, TN. I, as the Tourism Director, take direct offense at something such as this. This does nothing but harm small towns.

  2. Born right here in Crossville, but thankfully not raised here!!! If had known more would never have came here when retired!!! Fun times here during summer vacas, but living here full time sucks!!! Absolutely nothing to do unless u r a golfer!!!! Must drive miles just to shop! Lack of everything here, especially for younger ones, like when grandkids visit. 66 and bored out of my mind!!!

  3. Farragut is tantamount to a suburb of Knoxville, so if Knoxville is miserable, due to lack of sun, so goes Farragut. Your list is a big load of BS.

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