These Are The 10 Worst Nashville Suburbs For 2018


We used science and data to determine which Nashville suburbs are the real pits.

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Not everyone is cut out for city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Nashville.

So the question arises, do the suburbs maintain a semblance of the larger-than-life appeal of their more famous neighbor?

Today, we’ll use science and data to determine which Nashville ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Nashville area if you will. Realistically, you can’t expect all the suburbs to live up to Nashville proper, although Brentwood certainly tries.

Of course, not all suburbs of Nashville are created equally, which is precisely why we set out to find the best ones. So without further ado…

We examined the 17 biggest suburbs of Nashville to find out the worst places to live. And while you won’t necessarily find them on the worst places to live in Tennessee lists, these ten places are a little too far downwind of Nashville in terms of quality of life.

Here are the 10 worst suburbs around Nashville for 2018:

  1. Springfield (Photos)
  2. Lebanon (Photos)
  3. La Vergne (Photos)
  4. Gallatin (Photos)
  5. Greenbrier
  6. Ashland
  7. Millersville
  8. Goodlettsville
  9. Smyrna (Photos)
  10. Fairview (Photos)

Read on to see how we determined the places around Nashville that need a pick-me-up. And remember, don’t blame the messenger.

Or, if you’re thinking of moving to elsewhere in Tennessee check out the best places in Tennessee overall or the worst.

And remember, there are some good places to live around Nashville too.

Editor’s Note: If you see a slight difference between the worst in state rankings and this suburb ranking, it’s because of the methodology. We needed a way to include more places, so we eliminated crime and commute times as criteria for this analysis.

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Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Nashville for 2018

To figure out how bad a place is to live in, we only needed to know what kinds of things people like and then decide what cities have the least amount of those things.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data, this is the criteria we used:

  • High unemployment rate
  • Low median household incomes
  • Low population density (no things to do)
  • Low home values
  • A lot of high school drop outs
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

FYI: We defined a suburb as being within 30 miles of Nashville.

Additionally, we limited the analysis to places that have over 6,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 17 suburbs to evaluate around Nashville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 17 in each category, where 1 was the “worst”.

Next, we averaged the rankings for each place to create a quality of life index.

And finally, we crowned the city with the worst quality of life index the “Worst Suburb near Nashville.” We’re lookin’ at you, Springfield.

Read on below to learn more about what it’s like to live in the worst of the worst. Or skip to the end to see the list of all the suburbs ranked from worst to best.

1. Springfield

Springfield, Tennessee

Population: 16,650
Unemployment Rate: 9.6%
Median Home Price: $130,400
Median Income: $43,862
More on Springfield: Data | Jobs

We’ll get the ball rolling with Springfield, the absolute worst place to live around Nashville according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, Springfield beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 3rd worst in the Nashville area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 1st worst when it comes to home values.

But hey, at least it’s cheap to live there. But there’s a reason for that… it’s Springfield.

You won’t feel bad about not having a great income for the area, there aren’t a bunch of places to spend your money anyway.

2. Lebanon

Lebanon, Tennessee

Source: Public domain

Population: 29,439
Unemployment Rate: 8.3%
Median Home Price: $177,100
Median Income: $43,003
More on Lebanon: Data | Jobs

Welcome to Lebanon. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 23.6 miles to Nashville. Income levels here are the 1st lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $43,003 a year, which doesn’t go a long ways even on a shoestring budget.

But on the bright side, there are a lot of fast food joints in the area.

3. La Vergne

La Vergne, Tennessee

Population: 34,451
Unemployment Rate: 6.8%
Median Home Price: $130,700
Median Income: $55,644
More on La Vergne: Data | Jobs

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Nashville suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see La Vergne on here. While the cost of living is low, your entertainment and work options are limited. And that’s an understatement.

In terms of numbers, it’s in the worst 15% for insurance, and the adult high school drop out rate is poor compared to other Nashville suburbs.

But at least there are nice parks to bring the kids during the day.

4. Gallatin

Gallatin, Tennessee

Population: 33,426
Unemployment Rate: 6.2%
Median Home Price: $168,600
Median Income: $49,041
More on Gallatin: Data | Jobs

If you live in Gallatin, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 5th lowest Nashville suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 7th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Nashville. Remember, we looked at 17 cities for this study.

Gallatin is about 21.8 miles to downtown.

5. Greenbrier


Population: 6,684
Unemployment Rate: 10.0%
Median Home Price: $136,900
Median Income: $46,895
More on Greenbrier: Data | Jobs

Greenbrier has the distinction of being a Nashville suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, Greenbrier has the 3rd lowest home values in the metro Nashville area, where the median price is $136,900. To put that into perspective, in Brentwood, the median income is $148,340, which is the best in the area.

Greenbrier has an unemployment rate of 10.0% which ranks 1st worst.

6. Ashland


Population: 7,406
Unemployment Rate: 3.0%
Median Home Price: $182,000
Median Income: $43,071
More on Ashland: Data | Jobs

Ashland has 7,406 residents that probably know it’s a pretty crummy place to live when you look at the data. (Or, if you’ve ever been there, you don’t need to look at the data.)

Incomes are towards the bottom and the poverty rate sits at 18.0%.

7. Millersville


Population: 6,602
Unemployment Rate: 4.7%
Median Home Price: $152,000
Median Income: $60,143
More on Millersville: Data | Jobs

Ah, Millersville. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Nashville.

It’s the place with the 11th most out of work residents in the Nashville metro area (4.7%).

8. Goodlettsville


Population: 16,848
Unemployment Rate: 9.0%
Median Home Price: $177,900
Median Income: $52,464
More on Goodlettsville: Data | Jobs

Goodlettsville is a city about 11.5 miles from Nashville, but Nashville probably wishes it was further away. It ranks as the 8th worst burb for 2018.

You’d be hard pressed to find a worse place to live. Goodlettsville has the 8th most uninsured people, 6th worst incomes, and has the 3rd highest unemployment rate (9.0%) in the entire Nashville metro area.

Homes only cost $177,900 for a reason. That’s cheap for Nashville standards.

9. Smyrna

Smyrna, Tennessee

Population: 45,369
Unemployment Rate: 5.5%
Median Home Price: $155,500
Median Income: $55,557
More on Smyrna: Data | Jobs

If you absolutely have to live near Nashville, then Smyrna might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Nashville suburb.

About 5.5% of residents are out of work.

10. Fairview

Fairview, Tennessee

Population: 8,271
Unemployment Rate: 5.8%
Median Home Price: $172,000
Median Income: $60,200
More on Fairview: Data | Jobs

Rounding out the ten worst Nashville suburbs to call home is Fairview.

Located 24.0 miles outside the city, Fairviews is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 8th highest unemployment rate (5.8%), and poverty is far above the area average.

The areas around Nashville where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2018

Well there you have it — the worst of the ‘burbs surrounding Nashville with Springfield casting itself ahead of the pack.

As we mentioned earlier, the suburbs around Nashville aren’t all bad. Brentwood takes the cake as the best place to live around Nashville.

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Detailed List Of The Worst Nashville Suburbs

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Median Home Price Median Income
1 Springfield 16,650 9.6% $130,400 $43,862
2 Lebanon 29,439 8.3% $177,100 $43,003
3 La Vergne 34,451 6.8% $130,700 $55,644
4 Gallatin 33,426 6.2% $168,600 $49,041
5 Greenbrier 6,684 10.0% $136,900 $46,895
6 Ashland 7,406 3.0% $182,000 $43,071
7 Millersville 6,602 4.7% $152,000 $60,143
8 Goodlettsville 16,848 9.0% $177,900 $52,464
9 Smyrna 45,369 5.5% $155,500 $55,557
10 Fairview 8,271 5.8% $172,000 $60,200
11 Murfreesboro 122,007 6.7% $186,200 $53,241
12 White House 10,944 5.6% $174,300 $71,415
13 Hendersonville 55,073 4.7% $211,100 $63,503
14 Nolensville 6,724 3.0% $341,400 $110,087
15 Mount Juliet 29,853 3.9% $223,800 $77,965
16 Franklin 70,625 4.2% $342,900 $88,961
17 Brentwood 40,873 2.8% $555,800 $148,340

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9 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Worst Nashville Suburbs For 2018

    1. I’ve lived in Murfreesboro. Definitely NOT an undesirable place to live. Very historic in parts of town with restored southern mansions built in the 1800’s but the newer area has $400,000+ houses and the most modern shopping malls around. I know people who live in Smyrna and they would be highly insulted to be told their town isn’t desirable. They pride themselves on living in such a well to do area in their $300,000 house. Goodlettsville not desirable? Know what’s there, the headquarters for Dollar General. Google Dollar General’s bears on top of the building. Very rural. Gallatin is another rural area that has built up with beautiful homes and new shopping areas. White House looks just like the picture posted, it’s rural and beautiful. Before you write these articles, why don’t you visit and give the real information on them, not something you looked up in Wikipedia.

  1. Murfreesboro is not a suburb of Nashville, and I highly doubt the average income in Hendersonville is 50k it is much higher same for the house cost. Hendersonville has no crime high house demand and high income, it shouldn’t be number 13. I’m not being bias I don’t live in Hendersonville, everything else is pretty much true though.

  2. This is ridiculous. I’ve lived in Greenbrier, Ridgetop, and Springfield and they aren’t near as bad as you’re making them out to be.

  3. actaully i grew up in the city of murfreesboro and ive seen poverty that ud see in nashville u go visit jackson street, febaurary street or franklin heights ull see wat he talkin about u people are jus from a good part of town so u think its goody goody well come experience yall self

  4. Yall are full of it big time! Nashville and surrounding areas like murfreesboro,Joelton and most cities from Paducah to chattanooga has extremely high crime with I24 being a major highway for criminal activity and loaded with addicts and dealers.FACT! Nashville has been ruined by the occupying leftists transplanted from elsewhere. It doesn’t even have a true Southern atmosphere to it anymore!

    1. Occupying leftists aka Californians!?!

      But, we’re leaving CA to escape the terrorist leftists!!!
      We want to be able to escape Jerry Brown and his stupid bullet train boondoggle. Also don’t want to live in sanctuary nothing (grammer intentional!!!)(city, county, state) unless for wildlife refuge!
      Also don’t want to have to learn another language just to go to the grocery store.

  5. What a bunch of whiny aholes. You can’t make it in California so you cry about it. Screw you rednecks. Every city in California is better than your best Tennessee city. And we don’t tolerate uneducated morons with crappy jobs crying about how they wish they could live by the beach. To the complete ahole saying he left because of the bullet train, what a pile of bull. How the actual does the bullet train affect you, dumbass. As to the moron who compiled this page, you’re a total idiot. White House, Hendersonville, Goodlettesville are all nice places with less crime than in your neighborhood. My family has lived here for a decade – they escape the rathole that is Arkansas.

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