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Best Counties to raise a family in Tennessee

For people looking to find a home to raise a family in, choosing a county is an important decision. Most families place affordable homes, safe neighborhoods, a quality school system, and family-friendly activities at the top of their wishlists.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to raise a family in Tennessee using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, schools, healthcare, recreation, and weather.

Coffee County 24th best in Tennessee

– Population: 55,209
– Median home value: $141,900 (68% own)
– Median rent: $737 (32% rent)
– Median household income: $50,351
– Top public schools: New Union Elementary School (A-), Tullahoma High School (B+), Robert E. Lee Elementary School (B+)
– Top private schools: St. Paul the Apostle School (unavailable), Temple Baptist Christian School (unavailable), Tullahoma Christian Academy (unavailable)
– Top places to live: Manchester (B+), Tullahoma (B), New Union (B)

#19. Lincoln County

– Population: 33,924
– Median home value: $135,700 (75% own)
– Median rent: $685 (25% rent)
– Median household income: $49,485
– Top public schools: Highland Rim School (B+), South Lincoln School (B+), Fayetteville High School (B+)
– Top private schools: Riverside Christian Academy (A-)
– Top places to live: Park City (B), Fayetteville (B), Petersburg (C+)

#2. Rutherford County

– Population: 315,815
– Median home value: $213,200 (65% own)
– Median rent: $1,063 (35% rent)
– Median household income: $67,429
– Top public schools: Central Magnet School (A+), Thurman Francis Arts Academy (A), McFadden School of Excellence (A)
– Top private schools: Providence Christian Academy (A-), Lancaster Christian Academy (B+), Franklin Road Christian School (B+)
– Top places to live: Murfreesboro (A), Smyrna (A-), La Vergne (B+)

#1. Williamson County

– Population: 225,389
– Median home value: $449,000 (81% own)
– Median rent: $1,500 (19% rent)
– Median household income: $112,962
– Top public schools: Brentwood High School (A+), Ravenwood High School (A+), Kenrose Elementary School (A+)
– Top private schools: Battle Ground Academy (A+), Brentwood Academy (A+), Franklin Classical School (A-)
– Top places to live: Brentwood (A+), Franklin (A+), Nolensville (A+)

Photo of a road in Coffee County by Brian Stansberry // Wikimedia Commons

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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