If you’re seeking a worry-free spot in Tennessee, the cities (and town) below are the very safest in the Volunteer State, according to the latest crime ranking here at the Movoto Real Estate Blog. If that doesn’t make each one a catch, we don’t know what would.
These are the 10 safest places in Tennessee, according to our analysis of 2013 FBI data:
1. City of Spring Hill
2. City of Franklin
3. City of White House
4. City of Mount Juliet
5. City of Bartlett
6. Town of Smyrna
7. City of Maryville
8. City of Martin
9. City of Brentwood
10. City of Soddy-Daisy
We’ll talk in more detail about each place soon. First, let’s take a look at how we came up with this ranking.
We based our analysis on the latest FBI Uniform Crime Report, which contained data from 2013, and looked at all of the places in Tennessee with populations higher than 10,000 people in each of the following categories:
- Vehicle Thefts
We divided these crimes into four categories:
- Violent Crimes
- Property Crimes
- Total Crimes
We omitted any places that didn’t report crime statistics for 2013, which left us with a total of 48. We calculated the number of crimes per person in each place and gave them a score from one to 48 in each category, where the lower scores were the safer places.
Next, we weighted murders, violent crimes, and property crimes to account for 30 percent of the overall score, while the total number of crimes made up just 10 percent.
Finally, we averaged all of these weighted scores into an overall Big Deal Score, where, again, the 10 lowest scores went to our 10 safest places—safest of them all, Spring Hill.
If your Tennessee hometown has more than 10,000 people, feel free to head to the end of the post to find out how it ranked. If you don’t see it, it may not have reported data that year.
1. Spring Hill
Source: Flickr user Rachel Allyson
Not only did Spring Hill have the lowest number of total crimes per person in our ranking (just 348 for its population of nearly 32,000 people), it also had the lowest number of property crimes per person (300).
The 48 crimes that remained were all violent in nature, giving Spring Hill the fourth fewest violent crimes per person in the state. These included six rapes, three robberies, and 39 aggravated assaults. That also means there were no murders for the year.
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The Nashville had the fifth fewest total crimes per person in Tennessee. These 1,105 crimes were made up of 988 property crimes (the fifth fewest) and 117 violent crimes (the sixth fewest per person).
More specifically, these 988 property crimes included 873 thefts, 90 burglaries, and 25 vehicle thefts. The violent crimes included 19 rapes, 20 robberies, 78 assaults, and, yet again, no murders.
All of this added up to give residents a 1 in 61 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2013.
3. White House
Source: Flickr user Brent Moore
Residents in White House may have a bit of a higher chance of being crime victims than those in Franklin (in White House it is 1 in 41), but they were much less likely to be the victim of violent crime in particular.
That’s because in 2013, White House had the second fewest violent crimes per person in the state, with a total of just 10 for its population of 10,679. It also had a low number of property crimes compared to other places in the state: the ninth lowest per person.
All of this combined to give White House the seventh lowest number of crimes per person overall.
4. Mount Juliet
Source: Flickr user Chris Davis
This suburb of Nashville had the sixth lowest number of total crimes per person in the state—that’s a total of 507 for its population of 27,542.
These 507 crimes included the sixth fewest property crimes per person (459) and the seventh fewest violent crimes per person (48). None of these violent crimes were murders, although there were 12 rapes, five robberies, and 31 aggravated assaults.
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Bartlett residents had just a 1 in 46 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2013. Compared to Crossville, where the odds are just 1 in 8, this is still pretty good.
All told, Bartlett had the eighth fewest violent crimes (no murders), property crimes, and total crimes per person in our analysis.
Source: Flickr user Casey Fleser
In 2013’s report, Smyrna had no reported murders and the 12th fewest violent crimes per person overall. Additionally, it had the 10th fewest property crimes per person, with 996 for the year, giving Smyrna the 10th fewest total crimes per person in the state.
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In 2012, Maryville had a total of 853 property crimes, whereas in 2013 it had just 734.
As far as violent crimes go, in 2012 it had 59m and in 2013 it had 61, but overall it still remained the 10th least violent place in the state—plus none of these violent crimes were murders, so points for that.
All told, Maryville had the 11th fewest total crimes per person in the state.
Source: Flickr user Stephen Yeargin
The reason Martin ranked so well this year was because of its low number of violent crimes—it had just 23 in 2013. With its population of just over 11,000, this meant it had the ninth fewest per person.
It also had a pretty low number of property crimes—a total of 315—giving it the 14th fewest per person and the 12th fewest total crimes per person overall.
Source: Flickr user Jeffrey Davis
There’s a reason Brentwood recently came in as one of our best places to live in Tennessee, and a lot of that reason has to do with safety.
First of all, with just 20 violent crimes for its population of 39,635 people, Brentwood had the very lowest number of violent crimes per person in the state. It even had the second lowest number of property crimes per person with a total of 446.
Unfortunately, though, one of those 20 violent crimes was a murder, which is why Brentwood didn’t rank higher. At least residents still had just a 1 in 85 chance of being the victim of a crime.
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With a total of just 32 violent crimes (two rapes, three robberies, 27 aggravated assaults, and no murders), Soddy-Daisy ended up having the 11th fewest violent crimes per person in 2013.
It also had fewer than average property crimes: 403 for its population of just over 13,000. All in all, Soddy-Daisy had the 15th fewest crimes per person.
A Perfect 10
These places in Tennessee are just about as close to 10s as you can get when it comes to safety—especially that Spring Hill.
If you’re interested in moving to one of these safe cities, or perhaps any of the cities near the top of our list below, feel free to get in touch. After all, finding homes is what we do at Movoto.