The 10 Worst Nashville Suburbs For 2023

We used data and Friday Night Science to identify the worst suburbs of Nashville for 2023. The worst Nashville suburbs are Springfield and Ashland.

The suburbs of Nashville call to all types of people looking to escape city life. Some people would prefer to live in the cities and towns that surround Nashville to avoid all the hustle and bustle.

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 Saturday Night Science to determine which Nashville ‘burbs need a little tender loving care – the sore thumbs of the Nashville area if you will. Realistically, you can only expect some of 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.

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.

The 10 worst suburbs around Nashville for 2023

  1. Springfield
  2. Ashland
  3. White Bluff
  4. Millersville
  5. La Vergne
  6. Lebanon
  7. Gallatin
  8. Smyrna
  9. Ridgetop
  10. Goodlettsville

Now don’t freak out.

What’s the worst suburb of Nashville? Springfield ranks as the worst suburb of Nashville for 2023 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.

Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table

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The 10 Worst Nashville Suburbs To Live For 2023

Springfield, TN

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Population: 18,561
Median Income: $50,655 (lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.9% (highest)
Median Home Value: $174,400 (2nd lowest)
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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 worst in the Nashville area, and to make matters worse, the city ranks 2nd 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. Ashland

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Population: 7,478
Median Income: $55,521 (3rd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.8% (5th highest)
Median Home Value: $210,100 (5th lowest)
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Welcome to Ashland. Home to KMart, Big Lots, and a lot of gas stations.

This city is 15.8 miles to Nashville. Income levels here are the 3rd lowest in the metro area, where families bring in about $55,521 a year, which only goes so far even on a shoestring budget.

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

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Population: 3,815
Median Income: $53,696 (2nd lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.4% (18th highest)
Median Home Value: $165,900 (lowest)
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Back up the highway we go for the third worst Nashville suburb you can live in. You might have expected to see White Bluff 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 dropout rate is poor compared to other Nashville suburbs.

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

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Population: 6,099
Median Income: $61,687 (5th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 3.0% (14th highest)
Median Home Value: $199,800 (3rd lowest)
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If you live in Millersville, most likely you struggle to make ends meet every month. It ranks as the 5th lowest Nashville suburb for median household incomes.

Not only that, but this is the 14th worst unemployed suburb you can live in if you choose to live near Nashville. Remember, we looked at 26 cities for this study.

Millersville is about 15.7 miles to downtown.

La Vergne, TN

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Population: 38,127
Median Income: $67,102 (10th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (7th highest)
Median Home Value: $207,800 (4th lowest)
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La Vergne has the distinction of being a Nashville suburb. Which means that’s about all it has going for it.

All snarkiness aside, La Vergne has the 4th lowest home values in the metro Nashville area, where the median price is $207,800. The median income is $250,001.

La Vergne has an unemployment rate of 4.51% which ranks 7th worst.

Lebanon, TN

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Population: 37,471
Median Income: $60,582 (4th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (10th highest)
Median Home Value: $277,800 (15th lowest)
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Lebanon has 37,471 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 14.529938366288311%.

Gallatin, TN

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Population: 43,306
Median Income: $62,881 (6th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 2.7% (16th highest)
Median Home Value: $252,300 (10th lowest)
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Ah, Gallatin. You rank as the 7th worst place to live around Nashville.

It’s the place with the 16th most out of work residents in the Nashville metro area (2.7%).

Smyrna, TN

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Population: 52,401
Median Income: $70,879 (11th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (3rd highest)
Median Home Value: $239,100 (7th lowest)
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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, 11th worst incomes, and has the 3rd highest unemployment rate (5.26%) in the entire Nashville metro area.

Homes only cost $239,100 for a reason. That’s cheap for Nashville standards.

Ridgetop, TN

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Population: 2,488
Median Income: $64,583 (8th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 6.3% (2nd highest)
Median Home Value: $232,300 (6th lowest)
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If you absolutely have to live near Nashville, then Ridgetop might be a place for you to consider as it’s only the 9th worst Nashville suburb.

About 6.3% of residents are out of work.

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Population: 17,522
Median Income: $63,245 (7th lowest)
Unemployment Rate: 4.6% (6th highest)
Median Home Value: $263,100 (13th lowest)
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Rounding out the ten worst Nashville suburbs to call home is Goodlettsville.

Located 11.5 miles outside the city, Goodlettsvilles is a real pit when you look at the data. Its residents have the 6th highest unemployment rate (4.62%), and poverty is far above the area average.

Methodology: Determining The Worst Suburbs Around Nashville for 2023

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

It’s Saturday Night Science.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent American Community Survey data from 2017-2021, 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 dropouts
  • High poverty
  • High rate of uninsured families

We defined a suburb as any town within 30 miles of Nashville.

We also limited the analysis to places with 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 looking at you, Springfield.

We updated this article for 2023, which reflects our tenth time ranking the worst suburbs around Nashville.

Summary: The areas around Nashville where the dream is more of a nightmare for 2023

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. Belle Meade takes the cake as the best place to live around Nashville.

  • Belle Meade
  • Oak Hill
  • Nolensville

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Detailed List Of The Worst Nashville Suburbs

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Values
1 Springfield 18,561 $50,655 $174,400
2 Ashland 7,478 $55,521 $210,100
3 White Bluff 3,815 $53,696 $165,900
4 Millersville 6,099 $61,687 $199,800
5 La Vergne 38,127 $67,102 $207,800
6 Lebanon 37,471 $60,582 $277,800
7 Gallatin 43,306 $62,881 $252,300
8 Smyrna 52,401 $70,879 $239,100
9 Ridgetop 2,488 $64,583 $232,300
10 Goodlettsville 17,522 $63,245 $263,100
11 Fairview 9,299 $74,195 $279,400
12 Murfreesboro 148,970 $66,984 $274,600
13 Pleasant View 4,823 $90,191 $257,200
14 White House 12,820 $80,504 $244,300
15 Pegram 2,326 $89,293 $262,000
16 Kingston Springs 2,811 $87,071 $290,300
17 Hendersonville 60,628 $78,067 $304,200
18 Greenbrier 6,845 $83,973 $251,500
19 Thompson’s Station 7,011 $100,301 $415,400
20 Mount Juliet 38,059 $98,628 $313,100
21 Franklin 81,531 $102,721 $468,200
22 Forest Hills 4,959 $211,250 $894,200
23 Brentwood 44,354 $165,948 $711,900
24 Nolensville 13,393 $152,500 $496,500
25 Oak Hill 4,814 $174,643 $801,900
26 Belle Meade 3,016 $250,001 $1,662,100
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.

9 thoughts on “The 10 Worst Nashville Suburbs For 2023

    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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