What are the 5 Safest Neighborhoods in Nashville?
Wondering what the safest neighborhoods in Nashville are? With more and more people moving to Nashville each day, you’re surely not the only one asking this question! We’ve done our research and can safely say that according to the Metro Nashville Crime Statistics, the western regions of our fair city are the safest of them all.
If you’re looking to dig deep and find the best neighborhoods in Nashville, you’ll be pleased to know that Metro Nashville collects and reports the latest data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program to provide its residents with a clear picture of how safe (or unsafe) our city’s neighborhoods are.
The UCR is a great place for law enforcement officials, researchers, academics, members of the media and members of the public to gain a better understanding of crime both locally and nationwide. The program collects data from more than 18,000 city, university/college, county, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies that voluntarily participate in the program.
We’ve culled relevant data from the most recent UCR report just for you! While we were dismayed to learn that crime within Nashville's city limits rose 4.8% from 2014-2015, we are delighted to share the city’s 5 safest neighborhoods with you. Not only that, but you can rest a little easier knowing that Mayor Barry has recently proposed $4 million to pay for 22 new Metro foot patrol officers to help keep our communities safe (The Tennessean).
The 5 Safest Neighborhoods in Nashville
If by “safest” you’re looking for the neighborhoods with the lowest crime rates, then this list is for you!
#5: Council District 34 -- Green Hills, Forest Hills, and Oak Hill
This Council District encompasses the stately edge of Green Hills, moving towards Nashville southern boundary to include Forest Hills and Oak Hill.
The area is composed primarily of stunning and sizeable mansions. Although there are a few reasonably-priced apartments and rentals for students attending Belmont and Lipscomb Universities, the neighborhood is largely owner-occupied. The violent crime rate stands at 41 and property crime at 340.
#4: Council District 22 -- Bellevue
Located approximately 13 miles from downtown Nashville, the UCR program reported that 48 violent crimes occurred and 260 property incidents were filed in Bellevue. Bellevue features small- to medium-sized apartment complexes and high-rise apartments and townhomes. According to NeighborhoodScout, “Most of the residential real estate is occupied by a mixture of owners and renters. Many of the residences in the Bellevue neighborhood are established but not old, having been built between 1970 and 1999. A number of residences were also built between 2000 and the present.”
#3: Council District 4
Tucked in just north of Brentwood and Franklin and neighboring Oak Hills, City Council District 4 is helmed by Council Member Robert Swope. With only 34 violent crimes and 263 property incidents, District 4 is the place to be.
#2: Council District 18 -- West End, Hillsboro Village, Belmont
Moving a little closer to downtown, just inside the 440, we find ourselves snugly situated along West End Avenue in the Hillsboro Village area. The Nashville Visitors and Convention Corporation describes the area as “Conveniently located near Vanderbilt and Belmont Universities, Hillsboro Village is a collection of shops, boutiques and restaurants perfect for a day’s stroll. A four-block radius with all the makings of its own village, this quaint Nashville neighborhood has rejuvenated the community and attracted young professionals for living and playing.”
And get this: the UCR notes that only 28 violent crimes occurred and 215 property incidents were reported.
#1: Council District 23 -- Belle Meade
And, for the safest neighborhood in Nashville! Welcome to Belle Meade! With only 23 violent crimes and 215 property incidents reported, this beautiful Nashville neighborhood is a great place to live and play. Neighborhoodscout.com reports that “The per capita income in Belle Meade in 2010 was $120,776, which is wealthy relative to Tennessee and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $483,104 for a family of four.”