The 10 Fastest-Growing Towns in Tennessee That Everyone Is Talking About

Written by Rob Hayek
Published: December 4, 2023
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Tennessee is a popular choice for people who want to move to a new area without spending too much money. However, most people believe Memphis or Nashville are the best options for them in this state, but they are not the fastest-growing towns in Tennessee. But there are so many other good places and towns to visit, or even move to, for a better quality of life.

If you are looking for a quieter place to live, we have the places for you. Yes, we will present the 10 fastest-growing towns in Tennessee that everyone is talking about while showing you why they are becoming so popular. We will discuss data from the United States Census Bureau that illustrates the point, using data that has illustrated growth over several years while showing why each town is special.

10. Arlington

Arlington, Tennessee

Arlington has a small-town charm and is continuing to grow every day.

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There are many cities named Arlington in this country. Yet, Arlington, TN, makes this list as it is the 10th fastest-growing town in the state. Arlington currently has 14,396 residents. Amazingly, the town had 11,743 people in 2019 and grew by 18 percent, according to the United States Census Bureau. Arlington has a rich history that dates back to the post-Civil War. It has a town that is growing quickly, with more residents flocking there than ever before.

9. Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Murfreesboro is slowly becoming one of the fastest-growing cities in Tennessee.

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The town of Murfreesboro is thriving, with an approximate population of 162,398 people living there over the last year. Furthermore, it has grown 6.3 percent since 2020, according to the Census. It also won the award for the 3rd-fastest growing town in the United States from 2015 to 2020, seeing a 31 percent increase over five years. Murfreesboro is booming across the state and the country, making it one of the fastest-growing towns in Tennessee.

8. Hartsville/Trousdale County

Hartsville, TN

Hartsville has grown by 4.3 percent as people are starting to move there.

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The Hartsville/Trousdale County growth has been exponential, with 12,111 people living there in 2022 after 11,610 people lived there in 2020, marking a 4.3 percent increase. It is a small town, and people are starting to emigrate there. The city of Hartsville has been around since 1797, according to Trousdale County Government. Furthermore, the county is the smallest in Tennessee, with just 75,000 acres, with Hartsville being the only town. More people are gravitating there, making it one of the fastest-growing towns in Tennessee.

7. Lebanon

Lebanon, TN

Lebanon has seen its town grow exponentially over the past decade.

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About 44,166 people are living in Lebanon, which marks a 14.8 percent increase from 2020, when 38,463 people resided in the town, according to the Census. Lebanon is quickly gaining steam as a popular place to live. Moreover, it has a great history, being the birthplace of the first Cracker Barrell Country Store. Lebanon is growing because of its job growth and affordability. Additionally, it offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation and great events for the entire community to partake in. Lebanon is establishing itself as one of the fastest-growing towns in Tennessee.

6. Gallatin

Gallatin, TN

Gallatin has seen more people flock to their town since 2020, and it is still growing today.

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The city of Gallatin had 48,194 people in 2022, which was up from 44,448 in 2020, representing an 8.4 percent increase over two years, according to the Census. Overall, Gallatin is also next to Old Hickory Lake, which is a popular spot for fishing and recreational water sports. People are generally moving to Gallatin because of the cost of living and the low crime rate. Furthermore, it is also 29 miles away from Nashville, so you can live in the smaller town while still hanging out in the big city.

5. Oakland

Oakland, Tennessee

Oakland, Tennessee, is quickly gaining a good reputation for safety and population growth.

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Most people hear the name “Oakland” and assume we are talking about California. Then, you would be mistaken. There is an Oakland in Tennessee, and it is growing. Significantly, 10,028 people live in Oakland, representing a 12.2 percent jump from 8,939 in 2020. Oakland has been around since 1830 and officially became incorporated in 1919.

People are flocking to Oakland due to the rural feel and the high ownership of homes. Niche gave Oakland a B+ grade for safety and housing. Additionally, it is 32 miles away from Memphis, so residents can still visit a big city when needed.

4. Mount Juliet

Mt. Juliet

The first thing you see when you enter Mt. Juliet is a welcome sign for all visitors.

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The first thing you will see when entering the “city between the lakes” is the large brown sign welcoming you. Ultimately, Mt. Juliet had a population of 42,548 in 2022, which highlighted an 8.3 percent jump from 2020, when 39,303 residents lived there, according to the Census.

According to the Government of Mt. Juliet, the most attractive factors that lead people to move to Mt. Juliet include the award-winning schools and proximity to excellent health care. Moreover, people love the low property taxes, which are currently the lowest in the state, and the availability of solid entertainment options. It also made the Money magazine list of the greatest places to live in the country. Furthermore, the proximity to Nashville (20 miles) does not hurt.

3. Spring Hill

Spring Hill, Tennessee

Spring Hill, Tennessee, is breathtakingly beautiful and growing fast.

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Another town that is seeing tremendous growth, Spring Hill, is making waves. According to the Census, it had 55,800 people in 2022, which was up 10.1 percent from 50,689 residents in 2020. The town originated in 1808 and has grown over the last two centuries since.

The number one appeal of Spring Hill is the friendly residents. Likewise, there are plenty of activities to do in the downtown district. The town also has two school districts to choose from, with 14 public schools and three private institutions. Subsequently, the combination of these factors makes Spring Hill one of the fastest-growing towns in Tennessee.

2. Nolensville

Nolensville, TN

Nolensville is the second-fastest growing city in Tennessee, with plenty of untapped potential.

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There are 16,872 residents in Nolensville as of the last Census report in 2022, showcasing an amazing 22 percent increase from 2020 when there were 13,829 residents. To see how much this town has changed, 5,861 people lived there in 2010.

Nolensville offers a slower pace than the bigger cities. Regardless, it is still a 21-mile drive to Nashville. It offers people the chance to live in a quiet and affordable community while still having the option to drive to a bigger city when they need entertainment or other options.

1. Thompson’s Station

Thompson's Station, TN

Thompson’s Station is the fastest-growing city in Tennessee.

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Approximately 8,199 people were living in Thompsn’s Station, TN, in 2022, which illustrated a 10.4 percent jump from 2020, when there were 7,430 people. Going back to 2010, it is even more staggering, considering that only 2,194 people lived in the small town. The city took its name from Dr. Elijah Thompson, who donated land in 1856. Yet, Thompson’s Station is the fastest-growing town in Tennessee. So how did the town formerly known as White House grow so fast?

People are flocking to Thompson’s Station because it has some of the best schools in the state. Furthermore, there are plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. It is a very safe town. Lastly, it is only 31.2 miles away from Nashville. Subsequently, it offers all the best offerings in any state town, which is why it is the fastest-growing town in Tennessee.

Summary of The 10 Fastest Growing Towns in Tennessee Everyone Is Talking About

RankCity
1.Thompson’s Station
2.Nolensville
3.Springhill
4.Mount Juliet
5.Oakland
6.Gallatin
7.Lebanon
8.Hartsville/Trousdale County
9.Murfreesboro
10.Arlington

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Rob Hayek is a writer at A-Z Animals where his primary focus is on animals, sports, places, and events. Rob has been writing and researching about animals, sports, places, and events for over 10 years and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from Cal State University Fullerton, which he earned in 2009. A resident of California, Rob enjoys surfing and also owns a sports group which allows people from the local community to come together to play sports recreationally.

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