Tennessee is in the Southeastern region of the United States and ranked 36th in terms of its area and 16th in terms of its population.
The State of Tennessee is divided into 95 counties and each county contains a county seat. There are more than 346 municipalities in Tennessee and the Municipalities are classified as either a city or a town. Legally, there are no differences between the two, unlike other states where municipal charters, population, and other factors may be considered.
In Tennessee, there are several charters that municipalities can operate under including mayor-aldermanic, home rule, city manager-commission, and consolidated city-county governments.
In this post, we’ve compiled a list of all of the cities in Tennessee, including the largest cities, best cities, and smallest cities. Keep reading to find out.
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List of all the Cities in Tennessee (in alphabetical order)
|Alcoa||Caryville||Dresden||Grand Junction||Lake City||Morristown|
|Alexandria||Castalian Springs||Ducktown||Gray||Lake Tansi||Moscow|
|Allardt||Celina||Dyer||Green Hill||Lakesite||Mount Carmel|
|Altamont||Centertown||Dyersburg||Greenback||Lakewood Park||Mount Juliet|
|Andersonville||Centerville||Eagleton Village||Greenbrier||Lawrenceburg||Mount Pleasant|
|Apison||Chapel Hill||East Cleveland||Greenfield||Lenoir City||Mowbray Mountain|
|Atwood||Church Hill||Englewood||Harrison||Lobelville||New Johnsonville|
|Auburntown||Clarkrange||Enville||Harrogate||Lone Oak||New Market|
|Baileyton||Clarksburg||Erin||Hartsville (Trousdale County)||Lookout Mountain||New Tazewell|
|Banner Hill||Cleveland||Estill Springs||Henderson||Loudon||Newbern|
|Beersheba Springs||Coalmont||Fairfield||Hickory Valley||Lynchburg, Moore County||Normandy|
|Bell Buckle||Collegedale||Fairfield Glade||Hillsboro||Lynnville||Norris|
|Belle Meade||Collierville||Fairgarden||Hohenwald||Madisonville||Oak Grove|
|Bells||Collinwood||Fairmount||Hollow Rock||Manchester||Oak Grove CDP (Sumner County)|
|Benton||Colonial Heights||Fairview||Hopewell||Martin||Oak Hill|
|Berry Hill||Columbia||Fall Branch||Hornbeak||Maryville||Oak Ridge|
|Bethel Springs Bethpage||Cookeville Coopertown||Falling Water Farragut||Hornsby Humboldt||Mascot Mason||Oakdale Oakland|
|Big Sandy||Copperhill||Fayetteville||Hunter||Maury City||Obion|
|Blountville||Cottontown||Flat Top Mountain||Huntsville||McKenzie||Oneida|
|Bluff City||Covington||Flintville||Iron City||McLemoresville||Ooltewah|
|Bon Aqua Junction||Crab Orchard||Franklin||Jackson||Medina||Orme|
|Bradford||Crump||Gadsden||Jefferson City||Michie||Park City|
|Bransford||Cumberland City||Gainesboro||Jellico||Middle Valley||Parker’s Crossroads|
|Brentwood||Cumberland Gap||Gallatin||Johnson City||Middleton||Parrottsville|
|Burlison||Decherd||Gibson||Kingston Springs||Minor Hill||Petros|
|Byrdstown||Dodson Branch||Gleason||La Follette||Monteagle||Pigeon Forge|
- Pine Crest
- Pittman Center
- Pleasant Hill
- Pleasant View
- Powells Crossroads
- Red Bank
- Red Boiling Springs
- Roan Mountain
- Rural Hill
- Sale Creek
- Scotts Hill
- Shackle Island
- Signal Mountain
- South Carthage
- South Cleveland
- South Fulton
- South Pittsburg
- Spring City
- Spring Hill
- St. Joseph
- Tellico Plains
- Tellico Village
- Tennessee Ridge
- Thompson’s Station
- Three Way
- Tracy City
- Union City
- Walnut Grove
- Walnut Grove CDP (Hardin County)
- Walnut Hill
- White Bluff
- White House
- White Pine
- Wildwood Lake
- Woodland Mills
Top 10 Largest Cities in Tennessee by Population
1. Nashville (687,448)
The capital and most populous city in Tennessee. It is the county seat of Davidson County and it is located on the Cumberland River. Nashville is the 23rd most populous city in the U.S. The city has nicknames like Music City, Country Music Capital, and Athens of the South.
2. Memphis (651,9321)
Memphis is located along the Mississippi River in Southwestern Shelby County, Tennessee. It is the second-most populous city in Tennessee and the 28th largest in the United States. The city has nicknames like Bluff City, and Home of the Blues.
3. Knoxville (188,085)
Knoxville is located in Knox County, Tennessee. It is the third-largest city in Tenessee and the largest city in the East Tennessee Grand Division. It has nicknames like Marble City, Heart of the Valley, K-Town, Queen City of the Mountains, Scuffy City, and gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains.
4. Chattanooga (184,561)
Chattanooga City is located in Hamilton County and also the county seat of that county. It is the fourth-largest city and one of the two principal cities of East Tennessee.
Chattanooga anchors the Chattanooga metropolitan area the fourth-largest metropolitan statistical area. It is nicknamed the Scenic City, Chatt, Chattown, Gig City, Nooga, and River City.
5. Clarksville (161, 686)
The county seat of Montgomery County, Tennessee is Clarksville City. It is the fifth largest in the state by population.
It was founded in 1785 and incorporated in 1807 and has nicknames like Queen of the Cumberland, Gateway to the New South, and Tennessee’s Top Spot.
6. Murfreesboro (157,816)
Murfreesboro is a city located in Rutherford County in the Nashville metropolitan area of middle Tennessee, 34 miles southeast of downtown Nashville. It was served as the state capital from 1818 to 1826.
Murfreesboro is the largest suburb of Nashville and the sixth-largest city in the state of Tennessee. It is home to Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee.
7. Franklin (87,237)
Franklin City is the county seat of Williamson County, Tennessee. It is located about 12 miles south of Nashville. It is a principal city of the Nashville metropolitan area and Middle Tennessee.
8. Jackson (67, 669)
Jackson City is located in Madison County, Tennessee, 70 miles east of Memphis and also a regional center of trade for West Tennessee.
Jackson is the principal city of the Jackson, Tennessee metropolitan area. It is the largest city in Madison County and the second-largest in West Tennessee.
Jackson is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court’s courthouse for West Tennessee.
9. Johnson City (67,200)
It is located in Washington, Cater, and Sullivan counties in Tennessee but most of the city are in Washington County.
Forbes ranked it the 65 best small places for Business and Careers. Johnson City is also on Kiplinger’s list of “The 10 Least-Expensive Cities for Living in the United States.
10. Bartlett (59,514)
Bartlett is in Shelby County, located northeast of Memphis. Bartlett is a suburb of the Raleigh community (a formerly incorporated town that was a county seat of Shelby County.
Best Tennessee Cities
Here is a list of the best cities in Tennessee:
- Spring Hill
- Shackle Island
- White House
- Mount Juliet
- Green Hill
- Belle Meade
- Mount Carmel
The State of Tennessee is large and big enough to offer lots of things to people. There are over 400 cities in Tennessee and the most populous in Nashville which is consolidated into the Nashville-Davidson metro area, Nashville, and boasts of 678,448 residents.
The smallest city in Tennessee in terms of population is Orme with a population of about 74 people (at the time of my writing). Other municipalities with a population under 100 are Cottage Groove, Hickory Valley La Grange, and Eva.
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