Population of Cities in Tennessee (2017)

0
Over 1 Million
5
100,000 to 1 Million
44
10,000 to 100,000

The southeastern state of Tennessee is ranked 16th in the nation in terms of its population, which is estimated in 2017 to be over 6.7 million. The most populated city in the state is Memphis, which boasts 655,770 residents. The state capital, Nashville, which is consolidated into the Nashville-Davidson metro area, falls only slightly behind with 654,610 residents. There are four other cities with populations that exceed 100,000: Knoxville, Chattanooga, Clarksville and Murfreesboro.

Municipalities in the state are classified as either a city or a town. There are no distinctions legally between the two, unlike other states where municipal charters, population and other factors may be considered. There are multiple charters that municipalities can operate under, including home rule, mayor-aldermanic, city manager-commission, and consolidated city-county governments. The smallest city in the state of Tennessee is Saulsbury located in Hardeman County, which has a population of just 81. There are two additional municipalities with populations under 100: Cottage Grove in Henry County and Hickory Valley in Hardeman County.

Tennessee has 0 cities with more than a million people, 5 cities with between 100,000 and 1 million people, and 44 cities with between 10,000 and 100,000 people. The largest city in Tennessee is Memphis, with a population of 652,717 people.

Memphis

Memphis has a strong history of music, earning it the nickname the Birthplace of Rock and Roll.

652,717

Knoxville

Knoxville was originally the capital of Tennessee before that title was given to Nashville in 1826.

186,239

Chattanooga

Chattanooga is also known as Gig City, because the city claims to have the fastest internet service in the Western Hemisphere.

177,571

Clarksville

Tennessee's oldest newspaper is printed in Clarksville.

150,287

Murfreesboro

This city is the fastest-growing in the state and one of the fastest-growing in the nation.

131,947

Franklin

Frankin's population has grown five-fold since 1980.

74,794

Jackson

Jackson is the largest city in Madison County, as well as the second-largest in all of Western Tennessee.

67,005

Johnson City

Johnson City has been named as one of the country's least-expensive cities because its homes, transportation and health care costs fall below national averages.

66,677

Name 2017 Population
Memphis652,717
Knoxville186,239
Chattanooga177,571
Clarksville150,287
Murfreesboro131,947
Franklin74,794
Jackson67,005
Johnson City66,677
Hendersonville57,050
Kingsport52,806
Collierville49,177
Smyrna48,596
Cleveland44,271
Brentwood42,517
Germantown39,056
Spring Hill37,731
Columbia37,540
Gallatin35,734
La Vergne35,071
Mount Juliet33,263
Cookeville32,622
Lebanon31,317
Morristown29,663
Oak Ridge29,350
Maryville28,703
Bristol27,109
Shelbyville21,432
Tullahoma19,273
Goodlettsville16,950
Springfield16,809
Dyersburg16,685
Sevierville16,665
Dickson15,492
Greeneville15,061
Elizabethton13,854
Athens13,748
Portland12,522
Lewisburg11,600
Arlington11,566
Crossville11,455
Collegedale11,437
White House11,388
Millington10,974
Martin10,768
Lawrenceburg10,736
Manchester10,617
Union City10,589
Paris10,192
Clinton10,106
Alcoa9,874
Brownsville9,782
Lenoir City9,106
Atoka9,095
Covington8,924
Signal Mountain8,573
Winchester8,562
Fairview8,529
Jefferson City8,335
Humboldt8,235
Ripley8,116
Milan7,792
Lexington7,769
Pulaski7,758
Oakland7,690
Nolensville7,580
Dayton7,248
Fayetteville7,051
Savannah7,019
La Follette6,971
Newport6,833
Greenbrier6,796
Church Hill6,740
Henderson6,551
Harriman6,218
Pigeon Forge6,199
Munford6,057
Sweetwater5,933
Erwin5,920
Kingston5,840
Loudon5,750
Rockwood5,443
Mount Carmel5,427
Jonesborough5,333
Lafayette5,141
Dunlap5,132
Bolivar5,112
Sparta5,073
Mount Pleasant4,853
Madisonville4,770
Smithville4,692
Ashland City4,641
Whiteville4,503
Selmer4,465
Harrogate4,388
Rogersville4,375
Pleasant View4,346
Gatlinburg4,206
Medina4,182
Trenton4,140
Waverly4,133
Louisville4,127
Livingston4,062
Huntingdon3,913
Oneida3,722
Hohenwald3,678
Centerville3,568
Camden3,551
Unicoi3,531
Etowah3,508
White Bluff3,437
Jasper3,362
Newbern3,284
Oliver Springs3,253
Somerville3,137
Bean Station3,109
South Pittsburg3,097
Dandridge2,956
Brighton2,936
Monterey2,868
Dresden2,846
Woodbury2,777
New Tazewell2,767
Kingston Springs2,763
Clifton2,658
Alamo2,457
Mountain City2,443
Bells2,426
Decherd2,414
Parsons2,357
Waynesboro2,357
Maynardville2,357
Westmoreland2,311
Mosheim2,303
Carthage2,286
Tazewell2,281
White Pine2,262
South Fulton2,256
Jellico2,236
Dyer2,236
Adamsville2,204
Caryville2,179
Halls2,162
Pegram2,115
Greenfield2,091
Ridgetop2,076
Estill Springs2,027
Spring City1,988
Jamestown1,963
Jacksboro1,944
New Johnsonville1,915
Lookout Mountain1,888
Blaine1,875
Surgoinsville1,787
Lake City1,779
Loretto1,752
Cross Plains1,731
Whitwell1,717
Ridgely1,707
Cowan1,683
Bluff City1,656
Pikeville1,648
Norris1,642
Spencer1,629
Mason1,578
Decatur1,572
Englewood1,530
Watertown1,529
Graysville1,523
Charlotte1,511
Vonore1,502
Celina1,488
Chapel Hill1,476
Burns1,470
Dover1,445
Bruceton1,434
Tracy City1,425
Baxter1,406
Crump1,395
Gleason1,390
New Market1,360
Sneedville1,347
Tennessee Ridge1,334
Benton1,317
Troy1,285
Erin1,283
Cornersville1,243
Huntsville1,234
Kenton1,219
Ardmore1,216
Gordonsville1,209
Rutledge1,189
Monteagle1,172
Red Boiling Springs1,137
Greenback1,119
Rutherford1,108
Luttrell1,089
Obion1,072
Altamont1,021
Bradford996
Scotts Hill985