From quaint downtowns and superb suburbs to stunning rural settings, this county in Middle Tennessee offers new residents a vast array of choices.
With its proximity to Nashville, Williamson County offers an ideal spot for families and individuals who love having access to big-city amenities but prefer a more relaxed suburban lifestyle. Residents love the qualities that set this region apart from so many others – excellent schools, a booming local economy and job market, and a sense of community. Let’s take a tour of the communities as you decide where to live in Williamson County.
There’s a reason you’ll find Franklin (population: 83,454) on so many “Top Places to Live” lists, including a No. 16 ranking on Livibility’s current Top 100 list. Beyond the city’s picturesque historic downtown, which offers a variety of unique shopping and dining experiences, Franklin embodies the best of Tennessee living. Opportunities for outdoor recreation abound, with several family-friendly parks in the area.
Franklin also hosts a wealth of fun community activities throughout the year, including a Charles Dickens-themed winter festival, movies in the park during the summer, and Pumpkinfest in the fall. It’s also the site of the famous Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, featuring different big-name headliners each year.
As far as Tennessee suburban living goes, you can’t do much better than Brentwood (population: 45,373). With great safety ratings, superb schools and plenty of green space, the city is a bustling hub for families. Whether you’re enjoying the lovely Crockett Park, golfing at The Governors Club or even just driving the roads and marveling at the hilly vistas, Brentwood’s natural beauty cannot be denied.
Of course, an overview of Brentwood wouldn’t be complete without praising its elite school systems. While its public schools are excellent, there are also great private schools available, such as Brentwood Academy, known worldwide for its award-winning robotics program, the Iron Eagles.
Spring Hill, TN
Spring Hill (population: 50,005) straddles county lines, with one part in Williamson County and the other in Maury County. While this might be a factor in neighborhood selection and school options, Spring Hill’s community offerings appeal to all. Here, things are a bit more spread out, and it’s very much a stop-and-smell-the-roses environment.
The city continues to develop, especially in terms of housing, and the homes themselves are affordable. In fact, 84% of residents own their homes. The average monthly housing cost with a mortgage is $1,644, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Of all Williamson County’s communities, Spring Hill is the farthest away from Nashville (about 45 minutes), but it’s still close enough to take advantage of concerts, sports and other events.
The town of Nolensville (population: 13,829) has experienced massive growth in the past few years, with no signs of slowing down. Though it lacks a “downtown,” Nolensville’s local businesses can be found – literally – left and right along its main thoroughfare, Nolensville Road. Small businesses find a great level of support from the community, especially at the weekly farmers market, which is always packed with vendors and visitors.
Dining-wise, there’s something for everyone in Nolensville, from the colorful and retro Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries to the steeped-in-tradition Feed Mill Amish Market to the Itty Bitty Donuts & Specialty Coffee, with its gorgeous outdoor patio and top-notch service. And, like everywhere else in Williamson County, Nolensville also has great parks, schools and scenery. What more could you ask for?
Leiper’s Fork, TN
Located along the Natchez Trace Parkway, the village of Leiper’s Fork (population: 650) was historically the center of trade in the 1800s due to its ideal location and access to transportation. Nowadays, it’s much less bustling but still historically charming. Local businesses are brimming with character and friendly faces. Many artists have made Leiper’s Fork their home, displaying their work in art galleries like The Copper Fox or Leiper’s Creek Gallery.
The village is also home base for Leiper’s Fork Distillery, known for its high-quality, small-batch whiskey. Middle Tennesseans flock to Leiper’s Fork for festivals and events throughout the year, too. There’s the Hillbilly Half Marathon in the summer, annual turkey shoots in the winter and even a model airplane competition in the fall.
Thompson’s Station, TN
Thanks to mindful planning by local leaders, Thompson’s Station (population: 7,485) is a land-rich haven, and it’s going to stay that way. Parks, farms and ranchland abound in this small town, making it ideal for nature enthusiasts. Local entertainment includes the recently opened FirstBank Amphitheater, a 6,500-seat outdoor concert venue built in the limestone quarry used to make the roadbed for Interstate 840. The amphitheater has already become a local favorite in its first season. With friendly residents and a spacious small-town feel, Thompson’s Station is a wonderful, safe place to raise a family.
Just west of Franklin, you’ll find the quaint city of Fairview (population: 9,357). Fairview is home to one of the largest city parks in Tennessee, Bowie Nature Park, as well as the award-winning Fairview Ball Park. Though it can’t compete with Nashville in terms of size, the city does have one major geographical advantage: elevation.
At 800 feet above sea level, Fairview offers residents beautiful views of the landscape. Residents here love the small-town feel and close-knit neighborhoods, where a friendly face is never hard to find. And Fairview is one of the more wallet-friendly communities in the region, with the median h home value around $357,000.