Best Places To Live 2013

45. Spring Hill, TN

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Spring Hill, TN Spring Hill

Top 50 rank: 45

Population: 30,568

Just 30 miles outside Nashville and site of a Civil War battle, Spring Hill is home to a diverse community of professionals, blue-collar workers, and retirees. The town’s General Motors plant, idled from 2009 to 2011 after the carmaker’s bankruptcy, employs about 1,900 people.

Thanks to strong schools and affordable homes, the town has seen rapid population growth over the past decade. Yet Spring Hill still has plenty of undeveloped areas, including three large parks. –K.F.

Spring Hill, TN

Town stats

Median family income (per year) $80,850
Job growth % (2010-2012) 6.37%
Median home price (2012) $173,487
Reading test scores (% above/below average) 33.9%
Math test scores (% above/below average) 36.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12

Financials

Median family income (per year) $80,850
Family purchasing power (annual, cost-of-living adjusted) $91,356
Sales tax 9.25%
State income tax rate (highest bracket) 0.00%
State income tax rate (lowest bracket) 0.00%
Auto insurance premiums (Average price quotes, for the state) $1,657
Job growth % (2010-2012) 6.37%

Housing

Median home price (2012) $173,487
Average property taxes (2012) $1,454

Education

Colleges, universities and professional schools (within 30 miles) 12
Reading test scores (% above/below state average) 33.9%
Test scores math (% above/below average) 36.2%
% students attending public/private schools (located within town limits) 99.5/0.5

Quality of life

Air quality index* (% of days AQI ranked as good) 98.2%
Personal crime incidents (per 1,000) 1
Property crime incidents (per 1,000) 12
Median commute time (in minutes) 31.3
% population with commute 45 mins. or longer 28.6%
% population walk or bike to work 1.6%

Leisure and culture

Movie theaters (within 15 miles) 4
Restaurants (within 15 miles) 347
Bars (within 15 miles) 24
Public golf courses (within 30 miles) 50
Libraries (within 15 miles) 7
Museums (accredited by AAM; within 30 miles) 3
Ski resorts (within 100 miles) N.A.
Arts funding (Dollars per person of state funds spent on arts) 1.0

Weather

Annual rainfall (inches) 48.11
% clear days in the area 57%
High temp in July ° F 90.5°
Low temp in Jan ° F 26.4°

Meet the neighbors

Median age 31.2
Completed at least some college (% of residents) 72.1%
Married % 68.3%
Divorced % 6.7%
Racial diversity index (100 is national average; higher numbers indicate greater diversity) 43.5

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