Four Neighborhoods That Will Make You Want to Move to Rutherford County Right Now

There is a neighborhood perfect for everyone in Rutherford County.

By
Kevin Litwin
On Tuesday, June 23, 2020 - 17:16
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Rutherford County communities offer residents a full measure of things to see and experience.

1. Eagleville

Population: 702
The competition is fierce at Eagleville’s annual Truck and Tractor Pull, hosted by the Tennessee Valley Pioneer Power Association.

This outdoor motorsport competition, held in early September, features heavily weighted metal sleds that are pulled from a starting line to a finish line by everything from stock trucks to semis.

Also part of the festivities is a Pioneer Days Antique Tractor Pull & Show, which showcases antique tractors, trucks, cars, lawn equipment and numerous items from the farms of yesteryear. This event attracts people of all ages, as a number of kid-friendly activities are also on the schedule.

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2. Murfreesboro

Population: 141, 344
Murfreesboro’s annual Oaklands Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes ushers in the holiday season every December.

This one-night event showcases some of the region’s historic homes and distinctive churches. Tour-goers can top off the evening with a visit to Oaklands Mansion, which, at its peak, was the center of a 1,500-acre plantation and one of the most elegant homes in Rutherford County.

Another must-attend event is the Uncle Dave Macon Days festival, a two-day celebration of the “Country Music Hall of Famer” who is considered to be the first great country music star.

Locals and visitors can tap their toes (or dance) to old-time music as well as explore the numerous selections sold by food and arts-and-crafts vendors. The event would not be complete without its clogging competitions, buck dancing, and banjo and bluegrass bands. The event marks its 42nd anniversary in 2020.

3. La Vergne

Population: 35,819
A Middle Tennessee tradition for more than 35 years, La Vergne’s Old Timers Festival at Veterans Memorial Park is a local favorite, bringing residents live music, food, crafts, local vendors and activities for all ages. Each year, the event kicks off with a carnival and includes a Saturday morning parade that attracts over 50 entries.

Fitness fanatics shine in La Vergne every October during the Howl at the Moon 5K Run, which starts at Veterans Memorial Park. The race includes 12 age divisions, ranging from young runners to senior citizens.

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4. Smyrna

Population: 56,706
Every two years, residents of Rutherford County take their gaze to the sky, when the Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport hosts the Great Tennessee Air Show.

The next show, scheduled for June 5-6, 2021, will feature the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds precision aerobatic flight team as well as organizations like the Civil Air Patrol, Navy and Coast Guard. A popular attraction will be a two-seater plane cockpit that kids can explore.

Another annual event held in Smyrna is the Simply Smyrna Celebration, which kicks off summer in the region with live music, food trucks, vendors, kid-friendly activities and wine tastings, among other things.

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The 4-11 on Rutherford County

  • Well Schooled: Rutherford County offers an outstanding K-12 education, and Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro is the No. 1 producer of graduates for the Greater Nashville economy and boasts enrollment rates of more than 21,000.

  • Good Health: High-quality health care options abound in the region, including Ascension Saint Thomas Rutherford Hospital, TriStar StoneCrest Medical Center, Murfreesboro Medical Clinic and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital Vanderbilt Surgery and Clinics Murfreesboro.

  • Great Growth: Murfreesboro ranks among the fastest growing cities in America, with the population projected to reach 157,000 Residents by 2025. 

  • Plenty to See and Do: Rutherford County is a top visitor destination, and hospitality is a key part of its economy. Rutherford County was among the top 10 counties in Tennessee for travel-related expenditures in 2018, generating $367.6 million and an 8% increase in room nights.

  • Get Out: With its temperate climate and easy access to parks, trails and athletic fields, Rutherford County makes it easy to get outdoors. It is a community that embraces an active lifestyle, whether it’s hiking on the miles of greenway, boating on Percy Priest Lake or playing a rousing round of disc golf.
  • Entrepreneurs Welcome: For those looking to start a business in the area, the region is home to the Small Business Development Center at MTSU, which provides free consulting, seminars and business information.

  • Artistic Side: The arts envelop Rutherford County, home to the Tennessee Philharmonic Orchestra, Boro Art Crawl, MTSU’s Tucker Theatre, the Center for the Arts, the Murfreesboro Art League and Smyrna’s Springhouse Theatre Co.

  • Your Money Goes Further: Rutherford County is home to two of Tennessee’s most affordable cities – Murfreesboro and Smyrna, according to Livability.com. Housing costs in Rutherford County are 80% of the U.S. average. Murfreesboro ranks No. 12 in the top 25 cities where millennials are moving, according to a recent SmartAsset.com study.

If you'd like to learn more about the Rutherford County area, check out the latest issue of Livability: Rutherford County, Tennessee

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Kevin Litwin is the author of Crazy Lucky Dead and a freelance feature writer with a career spanning more than 20 years.