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Distinctive communities, each boasting a high quality of life, grace the Nashville region. Here is a glimpse of just a few places Nashvillians call home.
Population: 36,000 – Median Home Price: $279,000
The county seat of Wilson County, Lebanon is home to the headquarters of the Cracker Barrel restaurant chain, the campus of Cumberland University, a recently opened Tennessee College of Applied Technology campus and the Wilson County Expo Center, a popular site for trade shows and entertainment events. The nearby Cedars of Lebanon State Park draws nearly 1 million visitors annually.
Population: 40,000 – Median Home Price: $206,000
Nestled along the banks of the Duck River is the city of Columbia. The fast-growing Maury County community of 40,000 residents boasted a median home value of $206,000 in 2019, according to Zillow. With deep roots in the agriculture industry, Columbia is appropriately nicknamed the “Mule Capital of the World,â€ and, to celebrate, the city hosts the annual Mule Day festival each spring, drawing 150,000 visitors. Residents are provided with a wealth of quality of life amenities, including areas to stay active, like Ridley, Woodland, Riverwalk and Chickasaw Trace parks, as well as wineries, distinctive shops, historic home tours and a thriving Arts District.
Population: 58,000 – Median Home Price: $350,000
Hendersonville is one of the fastest-growing locations in Tennessee. The community of 58,000 offers award-winning parks, a state-of-the-art library and top-performing schools that continue to attract young professionals and families. The median home price in 2019 was $350,000. Hendersonville’s Merrol Hyde Magnet School was named the best high school in Tennessee by U.S. News & World Report. Hendersonville offers 26 miles of shoreline on Old Hickory Lake, popular for boating, fishing and recreational activities.
Population: 38,000 – Median Home Price: $222,000
Affordability is a major benefit of this Rutherford County community of nearly 38,000 residents. The median home value was $222,000 in 2019. La Vergne offers well-regarded public schools and proximity to top-quality colleges and universities. Major employers include Ingram Content Group and Bridgestone Americas. Nearby, Percy Priest Lake offers a variety of recreational activities. 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. 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.
Population: 147,000 – Median Home Price: $266,000
The largest city in Rutherford County and one of the fastest-growing communities in Tennessee, Murfreesboro has experienced a surge that has increased its population to 147,000, up 35% since 2010. Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University and its more than 22,000 students. Major employers include National Heathcare Corp., State Farm Insurance Cos. and Amazon. Cultural destinations include the acclaimed Center for the Arts and the Discovery Center at Murfree Spring, a hands-on learning experience for children. Popular events include the annual Main Street JazzFest and Uncle Dave Macon Days.
Population: 158,000 – Median Home Price: $193,000
With a population of more than 158,000, Clarksville is a bustling community with eye-catching attractions, from historic buildings to natural beauty. Plus, it is the perfect place for folks of all ages to enjoy, as it boasts a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities, including multiple parks that offer trails for hiking and biking. The region is also home to a thriving cuisine and drink scene, offering a variety of local and ethnic food options, along with breweries, a distillery and a winery.
Population: 42,000 – Median Home Price: $708,000
Considered one of the most desirable suburban locations in Tennessee, Brentwood is known for its strong business community and high standard of living, and the city is home to one of Livability’s Top 10 Libraries for Children. Residents of this Williamson County community enjoy quality schools, abundant recreational amenities and easy access to all the sights and sounds of next-door Nashville. The median household income in Brentwood is a lofty $135,000. The spacious Crockett Park leads an impressive lineup of the city’s vast system of parks and trails.
Population: 37,000 – Median Home Price: $334,000
Located between Old Hickory and Percy Priest lakes, Mt. Juliet is home to more than 37,000 residents. The Wilson County community offers close proximity to both the Nashville International Airport and downtown Nashville. Del Webb at Lake Providence includes more than 1,000 homes for residents 55 and over. The Providence Marketplace is the largest shopping center between Nashville and Knoxville.
Population: 83,000 – Median Home Price: $510,000
Historical attractions, an abundance of shopping and plenty of parks make up this Williamson County community of 83,000 residents. The American Preservation Association named the city’s downtown historic district one of the Top 10 Great U.S. Neighborhoods. Franklin students routinely have some of the top test scores in the state, and residents can find excellent health care providers, ranging from major medical systems to specialists. Franklin is also a hub for major corporations such as Nissan North America, Verizon Wireless and Mars Petcare.
Population: 43,000 – Median Home Price: $273,000
Miles of greenways, a vibrant historic downtown square and lakefront living options are just a few of the reasons companies such as Servpro Industries, LLC and Beretta USA call Gallatin home. The community of 43,000 residents has seen its population grow by 41% since 2010. The median home price in Gallatin was $273,000 in 2019. Home to Volunteer State Community College, Gallatin is packed with natural splendor, including the Cumberland River and Old Hickory Lake. A historic downtown, packed with signature eateries and unique retail and specialty shops, hosts a number of events, such as the 3rd Thursday on Main concert series.
Population: 41,000 – Median Home Price: $297,314
Spring Hill is best known as the home of General Motors’ Spring Hill Manufacturing plant, but the community, which straddles Maury and Williamson counties, is more than just GM. The city serves as a convenient location for both businesses and residents looking for good transportation channels. Plus, it recently added Southern Springs, a 600-home active lifestyle 55+ community developed by Del Webb.
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