Town named third safest municipality in state

Oakland has been named the third safest municipality in Tennessee by Value Culture.

The 6.6 million residents of The Volunteer State care about finding a safe place to call home. The team at ValuePenguin analyzed 90 communities with populations over 5,000 to determine the safest places in Tennessee. The crime scores ranged from 291 to 7,532; the average crime score for the state is 2,582.

The safest places were a mixture of affluent suburbs and middle-class towns. Instead of being concentrated in one part of the state, the safest communities were spread throughout Tennessee. You can review the full report here.

5 Safest Places in Tennessee
These cities have an average final crime score of 491, which is 81 percent lower than their typical peer in the state. With some of its lowest total violent crime rates, these five are the safest places in the state.

1. Signal Mountain

This small (population of 8,517) suburb is eight miles from Chattanooga at the southern end of the Cumberland Plateau. Despite its small size, the town has a police department of 15 full-time officers. The result is that Signal Mountain achieved the lowest rate of violent and property crime for any Tennessee community in this study. The town had a median household income 2.2 times the median household income for Tennessee overall, a very low rate of poverty. Plus, over 66% of the adult residents held at least a bachelor’s degree.

2. Brentwood

With a population of over 40,000, this Nashville suburb is the largest community in the top five. The police department is no stranger to awards for excellence; in 2011, it achieved the CALEA Gold Standard Award. Brentwood had the second-lowest rate of violent crime and the third-lowest rate of property. This city is very affluent. Brentwood’s median household income was over three times the Tennessee median, and the median home value was nearly $488,000.

3. Oakland

This small town (population of 7,229) is a 40-minute drive from Memphis. The police department allows residents to email them anonymously about crime in the area. This fast-growing community — its population was up 13 percent from the 2010 census — stays safe. It had six violent crimes reported in 2014, and Oakland had the fifth-lowest level of property crime overall. Oakland is a middle-class community with a median household income of $66,981 and median home values close to the median for Tennessee.

4. Nolensville

Nolensville’s motto is, “Community, History, Proximity.” This town of 6,295 is approximately 23 miles from Nashville. The police department enlists the community’s help through Community Watch and Business Watch programs. The result is that crime remains low even as the town experiences rapid growth, nearly 18% since the last census. In addition to a low rate of violent crime, Nolensville had the fourth-lowest rate of property crime. The town had a median household income 2.3 times the median for Tennessee and a very high rate (over 92 percent) of owner-occupied homes.

5. Loudon

Loudon is the smallest community (population of 5,785) in the top five. It is approximately a 40-minute drive from Knoxville. Due to Loudon’s small size, the City of Loudon Police Department handles law enforcement duties. The town had six violent crimes in 2014 and a low rate of property crime. Loudon is a working class town with a median household income lower than the median for Tennessee.

Population Breakdown
Although we adjusted for population in our crime rankings, it is still difficult to compare a small town to a large city. To account for this fact, we 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. Here are our findings: