Worst Nashville Suburbs For 2020


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

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst suburbs around Nashville.

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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 Belle Meade 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 26 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 2020:

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

What's the worst suburb of Nashville? White Bluff ranks as the worst suburb of Nashville for 2020 based on the most recent Census and FBI data.

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.

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

The 10 Worst Nashville Suburbs To Live For 2020

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Population: 3,449
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Income: $41,378 (1st lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (1st highest)
Median Home Value: $134,900 (1st lowest)
More on White Bluff:  Data

We'll get the ball rolling with White Bluff, the absolute worst place to live around Nashville according to the data.

And in the world of worst rankings, White Bluff beat the competition pretty handily thanks to scoring in the bottom 15% in three major categories. Income is the 1st 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 White Bluff.

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.

Springfield, TN

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Population: 16,787
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Income: $46,757 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $141,100 (2nd lowest)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

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

This city is 22.8 miles to Nashville. Income levels here are the 2nd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $46,757 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.

Lebanon, TN

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Population: 31,592
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Income: $51,307 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $207,600 (13th lowest)
More on Lebanon:  Data | Photos

Back up the highway we go for the third worst Nashville suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see Lebanon 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.

La Vergne, TN

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Population: 35,237
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Income: $60,902 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $148,600 (3rd lowest)
More on La Vergne:  Data | Photos

If you live in La Vergne, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 10th lowest Nashville suburb when it comes to residents making money.

Not only that, but this is the 3rd worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Nashville. Remember, we looked at 26 cities for this study.

La Vergne is about 15.7 miles to downtown.

5. Ashland

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Population: 7,655
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Income: $52,216 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (15th highest)
Median Home Value: $180,600 (7th lowest)
More on Ashland:

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

All snarkiness aside, Ashland has the 7th lowest home values in the metro Nashville area, where the median price is $180,600. To put that into perspective, in Belle Meade, the median income is $220,417, which is the best in the area.

Ashland has an unemployment rate of 3.09% which ranks 15th worst.

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Population: 6,570
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Median Income: $68,611 (12th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.9% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $172,900 (6th lowest)
More on Millersville:  Data

Millersville has 6,570 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 9.360730593607306%.

Greenbrier, TN

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Population: 6,770
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Income: $52,436 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (4th highest)
Median Home Value: $155,000 (4th lowest)
More on Greenbrier:  Data | Photos

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

It's the place with the 4th most out of work residents in the Nashville metro area (5.74%).

Smyrna, TN

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Population: 48,361
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Income: $59,904 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.1% (8th highest)
Median Home Value: $172,400 (5th lowest)
More on Smyrna:  Data | Photos

Smyrna is a city about 19.4 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. Smyrna has the 6th most uninsured people, 8th worst incomes, and has the 8th highest unemployment rate (5.05%) in the entire Nashville metro area.

Homes only cost $172,400 for a reason. That's cheap for Nashville standards.

Gallatin, TN

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8
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Population: 36,139
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Median Income: $55,825 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.6% (13th highest)
Median Home Value: $199,600 (11th lowest)
More on Gallatin:  Data | Photos

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

About 3.58% of residents are out of work.

Fairview, TN

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Population: 8,599
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Income: $65,315 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (17th highest)
Median Home Value: $206,600 (12th lowest)
More on Fairview:  Data | Photos

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 17th highest unemployment rate (2.84%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Nashville for 2020

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 from 2014-2018, 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 2,000 people. This left us with a grand total of 26 suburbs to evaluate around Nashville.

We ranked each place with scores from 1 to 26 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, White Bluff. You can download the data here.

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.

The areas around Nashville where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2020

Well there you have it -- the worst of the 'burbs surrounding Nashville with White Bluff casting itself ahead of the pack.

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

  • Belle Meade
  • Oak Hill
  • Brentwood

For more Tennessee reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Nashville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 White Bluff 3,449 $41,378 $134,900
2 Springfield 16,787 $46,757 $141,100
3 Lebanon 31,592 $51,307 $207,600
4 La Vergne 35,237 $60,902 $148,600
5 Ashland 7,655 $52,216 $180,600
6 Millersville 6,570 $68,611 $172,900
7 Greenbrier 6,770 $52,436 $155,000
8 Smyrna 48,361 $59,904 $172,400
9 Gallatin 36,139 $55,825 $199,600
10 Fairview 8,599 $65,315 $206,600
11 Goodlettsville 16,900 $60,220 $207,700
12 Murfreesboro 130,968 $58,391 $215,800
13 Pleasant View 4,360 $82,288 $194,900
14 Pegram 2,469 $69,612 $218,100
15 Kingston Springs 2,754 $83,026 $239,600
16 White House 11,513 $73,738 $186,200
17 Ridgetop 2,274 $70,682 $197,800
18 Hendersonville 56,421 $69,424 $245,800
19 Franklin 75,366 $94,808 $385,500
20 Mount Juliet 32,882 $84,678 $255,000
21 Thompson's Station 4,754 $103,767 $394,800
22 Forest Hills 4,968 $197,875 $837,400
23 Nolensville 7,656 $124,572 $428,100
24 Brentwood 41,987 $160,597 $622,000
25 Oak Hill 4,634 $159,167 $649,000
26 Belle Meade 2,401 $220,417 $1,420,800

How Is Your Town In ?

9 thoughts on “Worst Nashville Suburbs, 2020

    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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