Life in Greene County

Chosen as one of the Top 100 Small Communities in the U.S. in 2004

Downtown Greeneville, Tennessee

Greene County's lifestyle is unparalleled. It provides a uniquely appealing place in which to live, work and raise a family. 

The fact that Greeneville and Greene County are truly extraordinary has been evidenced in several publications during the past few years, including "The 100 Best Small Towns in America," in which Greeneville was ranked first in the state and 39th in the nation; "Top Mountain Towns Guidebook" in 2005; "Boomtown USA" in which Greeneville was one of only three Tennessee towns to be recognized and named to the top 100 small communities in the U.S. in 2004; "The 50 Best Small Southern Towns" in 2001 and 2008; "America's Most Charming Towns & Villages" in 2001; and the Greeneville landscape "Twelfth Best Small Town in the Nation for Corporate Facilities" by Site Selection magazine in 2001.  Southern Business & Development magazine ranked Greeneville and Greene County the number two small market in the south in 2002 for completed new or expanded facilities from 1993 to 2002, and in 2005, Greeneville was ranked 11th best micropolitan in the United States for new and expanded industry by Site Selection magazine.

Crime Rates

Residents in Greeneville and Greene County enjoy a very low crime rate. Reportable offenses averaged 60% below national crime figures. That amounts to 15 offenses per 1,000 residents, compared to a national average of 58 per 1,000 residents. The incidence of violent crime is even lower.


Greeneville has the second highest performing city government in Tennessee, and is in the top 10% in the nation. Rated on schools, police, fire, streets and parks, the city scored 66 (the national average is 46).

Greene County is proud of its diverse economic base and low per capita debt (less than $100 per capita). Moody's Municipal Credit Report gives Greene County a Grade A rating which puts it in the top 25% of counties in Tennessee. All of Greene County's current debt will be paid within 10 years.


In 2007, the average price of a single-family, three- or four-bedroom home in Greene County was $120,000. A five-bedroom home averaged $300,000. The average price for a condominium was $150,000.

Monthly rental on a two-bedroom apartment averaged $650.

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