Planning a move to Nashville, Tennessee? This city is beautiful beyond comparison. It also offers great food, affordable living costs, sports, music, and much more. 

Read on for some of the best suburbs in Nashville. We hope it saves you some time in your search for the perfect place to live!

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The best suburbs in Nashville

There are many suburbs in the Music City. That said, how do you figure out what are the best suburbs in Nashville

Below, we’ve compiled some things to consider for families and young professionals alike–as well as some great suburbs for each demographic. 

Best suburbs of Nashville for families

Families, big and small, will love Nashville. It offers great music, highly rated schools, plenty of things for kids to do, economical housing, and much more. What suburb is best for you? This varies by family. 

Below are some of the best suburbs of Nashville for families looking to relocate: 

Brentwood

Brentwood is a well-off suburb in Williamson County, offering picturesque views and multiple activities for the family. (It’s even rated the “#1 best suburb to live in Tennessee!”)

Where can your kids go to school in Brentwood? You’re looking at Lipscomb Elementary School, Edmondson Elementary School, Brentwood Middle School, Sunset Middle School, Brentwood High School, and Ravenwood High School, among others.

Once school is over for the day, you can take your kiddos to the Nashville Zoo, The Monkey’s Treehouse, SOAR Adventure Tower, BounceU Nashville, and Tito’s Playland. Brentwood has many fun activities for kids of all ages. 

There are also several highly rated restaurants in this Nashville suburb, including Firebirds Wood Fired Grill, Amerigo Italian Restaurant, Mere Bulles Restaurant, Bricks Cafe, Jasmine, and Del Frisco’s Grille. If you get hungry, you know where to go!

Thompson’s Station

Situated about 25 miles from Nashville is the beautiful, quiet suburb of Thompson’s Station. This suburb is unique in that it scores in the top five suburbs and cities to raise kids in Tennessee. It’s also home to some of the “best public schools” in the state, according to Niche. That said, it’s easy to see why this suburb made our list of the best suburbs in Nashville.

One person says, “I live sort of half-way between Franklin and Thompson’s Station. [The pros are]: very family friendly, great schools, Franklin is a neat town to have nearby. [The cons are]: commuting to Nashville is rough, some roads need more lanes for growing traffic, not a lot actually *in* Thomphson’s Station – you’re going to be driving to Franklin, Spring Hill, or Columbia a lot.

Thompson’s Station schools include Thompson’s Station Elementary School, Bethesda Elementary School, Thompson’s Station Middle School, Heritage Middle School, and Independence High School.

On top of good schools, the suburb also offers an array of family-friendly activities. You can go to First Notes Music, Code Ninjas, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Reservation Park, Sarah Benson Park, or Heritage Park. As for restaurants, Thompson’s Station offers Circa Grill, MoeBetter Barbecue Fish and Things, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Hwy 55 Burgers Shakes & Fries, Don Arturo’s Mexican Grill, and Chicken Salad Chick. 

Nolensville

What’s about 22 miles to the southeast of Nashville? Nolensville, TN! This friendly Williams County town offers something for everyone, especially for parents with kids. With A-rated family-friendliness, housing, and public schools, it’s hard to go wrong. 

Some of the local schools include Nolensville Elementary School, Mill Creek Elementary School, Mill Creek Middle School, Sunset Middle School, and Nolensville High School. 

Just as Nolensville offers many great schools for kids, the activities are there, too. Some great ways to spend time with your little ones are having a picnic at Nolensville Park, playing soccer at the Osburn Park Soccer Complex, riding horses at Crossroads Ranch, or taking a class at Masters Martial Arts. 

Living in Nolensville, you also have several great restaurants at your disposal. For instance, you could check out Pork Belly Farmhouse, Southern Hospitality Diner, Brothers’, Cabos Mexican Restaurant, Yuno, West Coast Burgers & Dogs, and Birdie’s Breakfast & Lunch Shop

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Best Nashville suburbs for young professionals and singles

Nashville is a wonderful destination for young professionals and singles looking to relocate. You might be wondering: 

  • Where should young professionals live in Nashville?
  • Where do young couples live in Nashville?
  • What are the best Nashville suburbs for young adults?
  • What is there to do in the city?
  • Where are the top restaurants?

Don’t worry. We’ll cover everything you want to know below in this quick list:

Franklin

When you look at lists for the best suburbs in Nashville, you almost always see Franklin, TN. That’s because Franklin has a good nightlife scene, diversity, friendly people, great views, and activities for all ages.

What is there to do in the suburb? You can take the Grim & Ghostly Walking Tour in Franklin, tour the Lotz House Museum, shop in Downtown Franklin, check out the Franklin Farmers Market, or go through the corn maze at Gentry’s Farm. 

How about places to eat? The city offers Barbara’s Home Cookin’, Merridee’s Breadbasket, 55 South, Cork & Cow, Biscuit Love Franklin, 1799 Kitchen & Cocktails, and many other great spots. 

As for places of employment, consider applying at one of these companies: United Healthcare, Williamson Medical Center, Nissan North America, Brookdale Senior Living, and Premise Health. There are a few things that are for sure about Franklin and the surrounding cities: you’re sure to get your fair share of history, fun, and more! (And having many places to choose from for work is always a bonus.)

Murfreesboro 

This suburb in Rutherford County is another desirable suburb for young professionals, singles, and even young couples in Nashville. According to one resident, “Murfreesboro is an amazing city, centrally located only 30 minutes from Nashville. Murfreesboro has great historical roots and a small town feel. Although Murfreesboro has many chain businesses, we also host a variety of locally owned stores. Walking through the historic downtown, one can appreciate the building structure and smiling faces. Overall, Murfreesboro is not only a great place to visit but to live!

A few of the best bars and restaurants in the area include Jonathan’s Grille, The Boulevard Bar & Grille, The Boro Bar & Grill, Station Grill, Wall Street, and Deep South Growlers. You’ll also find many other things to do in Murfreesboro if you’re not up for a bite to eat or a cold one. You can check out the Stones River National Battlefield, Discovery Center, Center for the Arts, Old Fort Park, or Stones River Mall–to give you a few ideas. 

Now, as you can tell, there are many ways to stay busy in Murfreesboro, TN. That leaves an important question: where can you work? The great news is that Middle Tennessee State University, The Holland Group, Backer-Springfield, and NHC are all located in or near the city. 

In other words, if you want a great place to live and want to be surrounded by your basic amenities, good nightlife, and more, Murfreesboro just might be the place for you.

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