Oakland named third safest town in state


Oakland has been named the third safest town in Tennessee by ValuePenguin, which recently analyzed the FBI Crime Report to determine the safety of cities in the state. Oakland was also named the fourth safest community in Tennessee, overall.
The municipalities ranged in a crime score from 303 to 6,096, with an average of 1,901. The top five safest cities and towns are from every corner of the state.
Nashville fell near the bottom of the rankings with a crime score of 3,832 but was well ahead of the slightly more populous Memphis (657,691), which finished last.
This was true despite the fact that ValuePenguin adjusted the crime score metric for population size. The score also took into account both the amount of violent and property-related crimes per 100,000 people (more on our methodology below).
The Five Safest
Places in Tennessee
These cities have an average crime score of 349,82 percent lower than their typical peer in Tennessee. With some of the state’s lowest total violent crime rates, these five are the safest places in the state.
1) Loudon — With five violent crimes and 47 property crimes, both the lowest totals in the state, Loudon is the state’s safest – and among the smallest. Situated along the Tennessee River and just a 45-minute drive southwest of Knoxville, the home of the University of Tennessee, Loudon County hosts its Institute of Agriculture here. Given the presence of other schools, parks and manufacturing plants, the city’s police department estimates its service population is greater than its residential coverage.
• Population – 5,710
• Crime Score – 303
2) Signal Mountain —
Signal Mountain, which registered the fewest property crimes per 100,000 people (658) in the study, is our second-safest place in Tennessee but isn’t completely safe from bad characters. One of its residents admitted in April to plotting a murderous attack on a group of people in Delaware County, N.Y. These days, a fifteen-officer police department patrols the town, which boasts 18 miles of trails for hiking, trail running and mountain biking.
• Population – 7,751
• Crime Score – 331
3) Brentwood —
Ten miles south of Nashville, Brentwood recorded the fewest violent crimes per 100,000 people (50 and is the only large city in the top five (more on our population breakdown below). Its residents are among the wealthiest, with a median household income $132,738 that is 210 percent higher than Tennessee’s average, plus an estimated home value ($509,172) that is 270 percent higher than a given in-state peer. Brentwood, which was incorporated only as recently as 1969, is also the home of Michael Oher, the Memphis-born NFL offensive lineman whose rise from poverty was chronicled in print and on the silver screen in The Blind Side.
• Population – 39,635
• Crime Score – 362
4) Oakland —
Thirty-five miles east of Memphis, Oakland, recorded a crime score that is 81 percent less than the study’s overall average. While the town government here has excelled in safety standards, its leaders of recent years haven’t escaped scandal.
One of its former mayors, Bill Mullins, was convicted of three counts of official misconduct in 2010, and another, Scott Ferguson, stepped down in 2013 as news broke that he had two wives.
Oakland replaced the latter man with the appropriately-named Chris Goodman, who has been at the helm while the city recorded the state’s fourth-best crime score.
• Population – 6,976
• Crime Score – 367
5) Nolensville —
Nolensville is a close neighbor of third-ranked Brentwood and has a similarly strong crime score. With a motto of “Community, history, proximity,” the town also values transparency, posting its most recent crime report on its own website. Whether you consider its publicly-provided findings from last May or the data it reported to the FBI in 2013 (more on our methodology below), Nolensville is very deserving of rounding out Tennessee’s five safest places.
• Population – 6,164
• Crime Score – 382
Population Breakdown
Although ValuePenguin adjusted for population in the crime rankings, it is still difficult to compare a small town to a large city. To account for this fact, they separated the safest cities into three categories: towns with populations between 5,000 and 10,000, midsize cities with populations between 10,000 and 25,000, and larger cities with populations greater than 25,000.