Best Places to Live in Tennessee in 2020-21

Explore the best places to live in Tennessee, a state known for rock ‘n’ roll, country music and Graceland, as well as the natural beauty of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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  1. Nashville, TN
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    Nashville, TN

    #1 in Best Places to Live in Tennessee

    Nashville is famous for the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, aka the Mother Church of Country Music, and twangy... Read More
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    7.1
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    6
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    7.1
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    7.1
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    6
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    7.1
  2. Knoxville, TN
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    Knoxville, TN

    #2 in Best Places to Live in Tennessee

    Knoxville, Tennessee, is proud to claim Daniel Boone, and has evolved into a multicultural community that embraces an... Read More
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    6.8
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    6.4
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    7.5
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    6.8
    Quality of Life
    6.4
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    7.5
  3. Chattanooga, TN
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    Chattanooga, TN

    #3 in Best Places to Live in Tennessee

    In many ways, Chattanooga is the comeback kid of Tennessee. Once called "the dirtiest city in America" by Walter... Read More
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    6.8
    Quality of Life
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    6.3
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    7.5
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    6.8
    Quality of Life
    6.3
    Value
    7.5
  4. Memphis, TN
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    Memphis, TN

    #4 in Best Places to Live in Tennessee

    Set in the Mississippi Delta, Memphis is a metro area where the energy of urban living melds with the slow rhythms of... Read More
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    5.6
    Quality of Life
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    4.5
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    6.3
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    5.6
    Quality of Life
    4.5
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    6.3