8 Most Welcoming Small Towns in Tennessee to Settle Down In

The scenery in Tennessee’s small towns is something to behold. From wine trails and whiskey distilleries, there are so many options for fun adventures that await you! And if you’re planning on settling down in a welcoming community, then you might want to consider these small towns in Tennessee.

The Volunteer State has much more to offer than just Nashville and Memphis.


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2021 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.

No representation, guarantee, or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of Information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.


Granville is a small town with a big history in Jackson County. Though it was the birthplace of former U.S Sen Albert Gore Sr., few are in knowledge about this historic city- though I’m here to change that! Commonly known as “Tennessee’s Mayberry Town,” Granville is a quirky little town that you’ll be happy to call home. With its slow and friendly pace of yesteryear, it offers the best nostalgia for those who long for simpler times in life; not to mention some scenic views!

A $5 ticket from Sutton General Store, which is a historic site in Granville, lets you explore some key sites like the Granville Whiskey Decanter Museum, Whistle Stop Saloon and I Love Lucy museum in addition to many more!

Median Household Income: $18,778

Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $166,187

Population: 439



Gatlinburg is a small town with a population of around 4,000 people. Despite being located in Sevier County which attracts 12 million visitors per year it never seems crowded or dirty because this location has been maintained very well over time by its residents who care deeply about preserving it.

From the bustling city life of Nashville to scenic views in Eastern Tennessee, there are plenty of things for everyone when visiting the “gateway to the Smoky Mountains”. For those looking forward to hiking or bike trips on some rugged terrain while getting away from it all at least once during their vacation–the gateway offers several opportunities!

Mentioning shopping galore with unique boutiques that will make you want to buy everything they sell; breathtaking scenery everywhere you turn (just try not to stop taking photos); delicious dining options including many vegetarian-friendly choices—you can’t go wrong here no matter what kind of adventure seeker your traveling companion might be.

Median Household Income: $40,802

Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $504,291

Population: 4,004


Lynchburg is a city that has seen its share of history. The first Americans to settle in this area arrived around 1801. not long afterward though Davy Crockett would make his temporary headquarters here while fighting against British forces during America’s War For Independence! The downtown area of this thriving city is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Probably, the first thing that comes to people’s minds when talking about Tennessee is the word “whiskey”, isn’t it?  Approximately 74 miles south of Nashville, you’ll find the oldest registered distillery in the country, the ever-famous, Jack Daniel’s Distillery. Founded in 1866 by Mr. Jack Daniel himself, be sure to take part in the guided tour where you’ll learn more about the history of this famous distillery and get a chance to try a sample of their bestsellers!

Median Household Income: $60,294

Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $221,996

Population: 3,383



Jonesborough is a small town with big appeal. There’s live music called Music on the Square, every Friday night from May through September (or Brews & Tunes on Sunday afternoons) and great shopping from local and regional artisans at the annual Made Around Here Market, not to mention it has more than 242 years of history in Tennessee! Jonesborough’s natural beauty, charming architecture, and storytelling heritage, which hosts the National Storytelling Festival every year in October, have attracted visitors worldwide. Christmas in Olde Jonesborough is another special event that most kids in town await.

Median Household Income: $56,550

Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $260,389

Population: 5,427


Hohenwald is the place to be if you’re interested in Lewis and Clark history, wine trails, and an elephant sanctuary. Located just over an hour southwest of Nashville, Hohenwald is a town that offers so many things to do, yet still manages to keep your mood light. Popular places include The Elephant Sanctuary, the nearby Natchez Trace Wine Trail, Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve, and the scenic Natchez Trace Parkway. 

Median Household Income: $29,875

Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $135,838

Population: 3,673


Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant in Leiper’s Fork is famous for its legendary open mic nights that have seen countless Grammy Award winners take the stage. Photo courtesy Visit Franklin

Leiper’s Fork is a small, friendly village in Williamson County. The town has charm and energy to spare! Humble and small, this tiny spot is about the size of a large city block but full of attractions like art galleries and a whiskey distillery. You can also even visit some tasty meat-and-three restaurants across its approximately 1,100 acres!

Life in Leiper’s Fork is about to get a whole lot more glamorous. Expect front porches, fire pits, and community spirit as well. Stars like Justin Timberlake & Chris Stapleton preferred to build their vacation homes in this tiny unincorporated village in Franklin, Tennessee. On the other hand, if you just want to explore, you won’t find any hotel here but the popular larger (but still relatively small) town of Franklin is just 15 minutes away.

Data in Franklin, TN

Median Household Income: $98,321

Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $738,734

Approx. Population in Leiper’s Fork: 650


Erwin is a hidden treasure trove of hiking and backpacking opportunities in the beautiful mountains. Located just outside Cherokee National Forest, it’s an excellent place for anyone who loves being surrounded by nature without having to venture too far from home! What’s not to love about this town? You’ll find breathtaking mountain views, great hiking, and fishing along the Nolichucky River. There are also plenty of activities in the downtown area like coffee shops with quality drinks or pottery studios where you can buy handmade products made by local artists!

Median Household Income: $98,321

Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $35,498

Population: 5,291


The town of Dayton is famous for hosting one of the most historic events in American history: “The Scopes Monkey Trial”. It took place back at this courthouse, and it was a trailblazing moment where issues were addressed whether evolution could be taught in state-funded schools.

The scenery around the town is simple but captivating. There are plenty of hiking opportunities, antique stores, and restaurants that you can enjoy. If you’re dropping by Dayton, don’t miss the chance to visit Monkey Town Brewing Company, and Chickamauga Lake, which is known to be the home to the best bass fishing in the nation.

Median Household Income: $98,321

Typical Home Value (Zillow, Dec 2021): $36,393

Population: 7,344

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