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Best Places to Live in Tennessee

July 23, 2021 Published by

Tennessee is a great place to live, whether you prefer a city that never stops or a quiet country paradise. Here are some areas to consider if you’re looking to move to the Volunteer State.

  • Each of Tennessee’s three grand regions has something unique to offer.
  • Nashville has something to offer everyone who wants to live in the capital city.

Tennessee is a beautiful state with stately mountains, rolling farmlands, and bustling cities. The low cost of living and lack of an income tax makes it an affordable place to live. If you’re looking to make a move to the Volunteer State, you have plenty of options for great places to live. Here are just a few of the best cities to live in Tennessee.


Widely considered the best place to live in Tennessee, Brentwood is home to about 40,000 people. This city is a wealthy suburb of Nashville, home to many professional athletes and country music stars. Brentwood boasts high-performing public schools, beautiful parks and walking trails, and convenient proximity to the Nashville International Airport.


Over in the western side of Tennessee, just a short drive from Memphis, is Germantown, Tennessee. This big little town is similar to Brentwood in population but with significantly lower housing costs. Household incomes are higher than average, and low crime rates contribute to a high quality of life. In Germantown, public schools are strong, and you’re close enough to enjoy all the shopping and special events that Memphis has to offer.

Oak Ridge

If you prefer the mountains of East Tennessee, Oak Ridge may be the right home for you. Just 25 miles from Knoxville, this historical city has a population of about 29,000. The Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are the largest employers in the area. Home prices and crime rates are low, but you can still enjoy the big city life in Knoxville as often as you want.


You can’t ignore the capital city of Tennessee when you’re checking out the best neighborhoods in Nashville to live in. After all, it’s one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States. Nashville gives you options, whether you want to be close to the busy downtown area or go a little farther out for more elbow room.

  • The Gulch: For the ultimate in a fun urban setting, check out The Gulch, a trendy little area south of downtown. It’s within walking distance to all the shopping, restaurants, and nightspots. Housing options are limited to apartments and condos, most located in high-rise complexes.
  • Melrose: This little community is also south of downtown along Franklin Pike. Young adults and families love the feel of Melrose because it has no high-rise structures but is still convenient to downtown. Restaurants, shopping, grocery stores, and the lovely Sevier Park are all within walking distance.
  • Belmont: So named because of its proximity to Belmont University, this eclectic neighborhood has broad appeal and a wide range of home pricing. Beautiful, historic million-dollar homes share the area with fixer-uppers. Wide sidewalks and bike lanes make it easy to enjoy a walk, a run, or a bike ride.

Where Can I Learn More?

Contact us at Capitol Homes to learn more about Tennessee cities and the fantastic neighborhoods in the Nashville area. We can help you find the right home in the most desirable areas of the city. Contact us today to get started.

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