by John Egan
March 27, 2017
For all the hype about Nashville, TN -- a business magazine dubbed it “one of the most dynamic cities in the country” -- it’s the suburbs, not the city itself, that are experiencing the region’s most dynamic population surge.
A LawnStarter study of U.S. Census Bureau data shows 11 suburbs outpaced Nashville for population growth from 2010 to 2015. Leading the pack was Mt. Juliet, whose population jumped 27.3 percent from 2010 to 2015. By contrast, Nashville’s population rose 9.1 percent. Nine suburbs grew at a slower clip than Nashville, according to our study.
(For details about population growth in Nashville and its suburbs, see the chart at the bottom of this story.)
Mt. Juliet, located about 15 miles east of downtown Nashville, benefits from a low crime rate, “wonderful” parks, proximity to I-40 and Nashville International Airport, and a “wonderful” business climate, City Manager Kenny Martin says.
“Mt. Juliet is such a friendly, clean and welcoming community,” Martin says. “Our residents are second to none, and so is our city.”
Also in Mt. Juliet’s favor is that it hosts one of six stations for the Music City Star commuter train, says Matt Harris, an assistant professor at the University of Tennessee’s Boyd Center for Business & Economic Research.
Harris says Mt. Juliet is making itself a “desirable location” by building homes and infrastructure to accommodate growth.
As of 2015, more than 30,000 people lived in Mt. Juliet.
Photo: Melonie Rich
In the chart below, you can see the 2010-15 population figures for Nashville’s suburbs, with Mt. Juliet out in front for percentage growth.
The figures in the chart are Census Bureau estimates. The 2015 data was released last year. Our study covers the 20 suburbs for which Census Bureau figures were available; it does not include neighborhoods or unincorporated communities.
Top Photo: Gresham, Smith and Partners