Arlington, Lakeland rated in state’s top 10 cities for young families


Arlington and Lakeland ranked in the top 10 on’s list of “Best Cities for Young Families,” which rated 99 cities in Tennessee.

  • Arlington, in first place for its high prosperity and family friendliness. The town saw a 77.4 percent increase in family income over the past 15 years and a zero poverty rate for families with young children.
  • Lakeland, in seventh place for quality schools and the only city in the top 10 to earn a perfect score at The median home value of $226,200 makes Lakeland one of the more expensive locales, but notes, “The high home values reflect a trend of prosperity in Lakeland, which has seen its median family incomes rise 58 percent in the past 15 years. The city of 12,000 maintains a commitment to its green space, and last year it received its ninth consecutive Tree City USA award for planting and preserving trees.”

Other honorees

Additional municipalities that also ranked highly in the list include:

  • Atoka, second place
  • Collierville, 11th place
  • Germantown, 21st place
  • Bartlett, 27th place
  • Millington, 63rd place.

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