Survey says: Rutherford County is 3rd best place to live in Tennessee

Jan 28, 2020 at 11:44 am by Michelle Willard

Rutherford County, Tennessee, is pretty cool.

A recent ranking from, ranked Murfreesboro as the third best place to living in the state of Tennessee.

The site ranked all the counties in the state, and we did pretty well, coming in behind Williamson (of course) and Knox (surprisingly).

Overall, Rutherford County received an A.

Niche Report Card for Rutherford County, Tennessee

Subject Explanation Grade
Composite Overall Score Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding the overall experience of the place. A
Cost of Living Grade Based on the consumer price index and access to affordable housing. B
Housing Grade Based on home values, property taxes, housing costs, local schools, and more. B+
Public Schools Grade Based on the average Niche K-12 Overall Grade for every public school serving the area, where each school is weighted by the number of students it serves. A
Diversity Grade Based on ethnic, generational and economic diversity. A-
Crime & Safety Grade Based on violent and property crime rates. C+
Family Grade Based on school quality, safety, and family-friendly living. A
Health & Fitness Grade Based on community health statistics and access to healthcare. B
Jobs Grade Based on employment rates, job and economic growth, and cost of living. A
Nightlife Grade Based on access to bars, restaurants, theaters, and other attractions. A-
Outdoor Activities Grade Based on weather, air quality, and access to parks and other recreational opportunities. B+
Weather Grade Based on the number of sunny days, precipitation, and average temperatures in an area. B-
Shortest Commute Grade Based on typical commute times and methods. C

For our individual rankings in different areas, our results were mixed. For example, we ranked second for "Best County for Families in Tennessee," but 86th out of 93 for "Counties with the Lowest Cost of Living in Tennessee." Our other top five rankings were third best for "Counties to Buy a House," Counties to Live In," and "Counties with the Best Public Schools," as well as fourth Best for Young Professionals."

To see all the rankings and how we stanked up nationally, visit's Rutherford County page. was founded as  College Prowler in 2002. Since then, the website, which is headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has become a ranking and review site with information on K–12 schools, colleges, cities, neighborhoods, and companies across the United States.

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