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Biggest Cities in Tennessee

Can you name the 20 most populous cities in Tennessee?
Source: 2020 Census Estimates
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Last updated: June 5, 2021
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First submittedApril 18, 2012
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Population
City
671,295
Nashville
649,705
Memphis
190,223
Knoxville
184,742
Chattanooga
161,247
Clarksville
150,757
Murfreesboro
85,316
Franklin
Population
City
67,402
Jackson
67,142
Johnson City
59,327
Bartlett
59,323
Hendersonville
54,112
Kingsport
53,185
Smyrna
51,441
Collierville
Population
City
46,152
Spring Hill
45,948
Cleveland
44,335
Gallatin
42,876
Brentwood
41,826
Columbia
39,186
Germantown
28 Comments
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Level 86
Sep 30, 2012
Hm! Not Bristol! Guess more of it's in VA.

Thanks for this.

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Level 37
Aug 1, 2014
More of it's in TN. It's just that small.
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Level 74
Jun 11, 2018
It would be about 44,000 if Bristol, TN and Bristol, VA were combined.
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Level 75
Jul 7, 2014
Kept spelling Murfreesboro as Murphysboro. Drat.
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Level 82
Jul 18, 2014
hm... another Smyrna. Who'd've thunk?
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Level 85
May 27, 2018
As a person who live in Izmir, Turkey(Original Smyrna) I'm really surprised that there is one more town named after my hometown in USA. There is also New Smyrna Beach in Florida, I learnt that while I was looking Bob Ross' life. He died in there.
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Level 88
Jun 17, 2021
There's also a Smyrna in the Atlanta metro area.
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Level 45
Jul 21, 2014
I knew they were small, but I figured Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg would make the bottom of the list. Legit surprised to see there are only about 5k residents there!
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Level 37
Aug 1, 2014
I thought Sevierville at least.
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Level 64
Jun 17, 2021
Sevierville is where all the non-tourist residents of the county live. Gatlinburg especially is very small just in terms of its geographic footprint. It's all nestled in one pretty tight valley, there's not a lot of room for permanent residents.
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Level 77
Dec 16, 2015
They sure like their -villes down in Tennessee.
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Level 62
Jun 1, 2018
There are two different reasons for this. First, there had been several French fur trading outposts established in the area. Also, as a result of the American Revolution and the War of 1812, there was a deep dislike for the British among many of the American settlers moving into the area at the time. This made the French suffix -ville very popular as compared to British suffixes such as -borough, -bury, or -ton.
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Level 62
Jun 1, 2018
There are many suburbs on here, like there are with many other states with quizzes like this one. There is Bartlett, Collierville, and Germantown for Memphis and Hendersonville, Gallatin, Smyrna, Franklin, Brentwood, Spring Hill, and Murfreesboro for Nashville. Knowing the major cities for these states is pretty easy but learning all the smaller satellite towns surrounding them is much more difficult.
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Level 64
Jun 17, 2021
Counting Murfreesboro as a Nashville suburb but not Clarksville seems wrong as a local. I'd call them both independent cities with their own suburbs that are close to Nashville, but either way they should be grouped together.
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Level 48
Jun 12, 2018
My strategy to use Jackson as a wildcard for all these state quizzes pays off again.
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Level 74
Jun 14, 2018
Completely unrelated to this quiz, but Springfield works with most of these as well.
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Level 64
Jun 17, 2021
There is a Springfield TN, but it's still very much got a small town feel to it. Couldn't be more than 20k people.
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Level 49
Feb 1, 2019
I agree. As a Brit I only knew the first 4 but three in Jackson and Columbia!
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Level 62
Jun 17, 2021
Can't believe Ducktown isn't on it.
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Level 58
Jun 17, 2021
As a resident of Tennessee, I feel compelled to give some honorable mentions for weird town names around here: Bucksnort, Pig's Path, Stinking Creek, Turtletown, Bugscuffle, Bugtussle (don't confuse them), and Dismal.
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Level 79
Jun 17, 2021
There are actually four Bugtussles in the US (two are two words). It is apparently more popular than I thought.
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Level 43
Jun 17, 2021
I can't even name one
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Level 62
Jun 17, 2021
Not even Nashville or Memphis?
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Level 46
Nov 8, 2022
Scoring

You scored 6/20 = 30%

This beats or equals 63.3% of test takers

The average score is 7

Your high score is 6

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Level 50
Jun 29, 2023
Scoring

You scored 20/20 = 100%

6.6% of test takers also scored 100%

The average score is 7

Your high score is 20

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Level 59
Jul 6, 2023
Bro I did the top 5 cities and it says that I have beat 55.6% of people lol
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Level 66
Apr 11, 2024
i'm glad i got a lot, i live in one of the towns on here
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Level 57
May 29, 2024
Why is Tennessee the only featured quiz in the series without a map?