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5 Reasons Relocating To Williamson County Might Be Right For You
by TJ Anderson
16 years ago, when I was first starting out as a Nashville Realtor, I worked with a lot of post-grads and young couples, buying their first home in neighborhoods close to downtown. Lately, though, more of my clients tend to be on their second or third place, and focused on different needs: school districts, community amenities, being closer to family, enjoying quieter nights.
There are lots of family-friendly parts of Nashville proper, but if you’ve been here for a while, this is no surprise to you: A good amount of the time, when Nashvillians start families, they start thinking about whether relocating to Williamson County is the right next step.
The short answer to that question: It depends on what’s most important to you. But here are a few of the reasons Middle Tennessee homebuyers choose to relocate to Brentwood, Franklin and other Williamson cities and towns.
1) A growing economy
Even homebuyers who are already employed tend to look for places to live with positive employment prospects. And the data says Williamson County is a solid bet — it’s repeatedly showed the largest percentage of job growth in the U.S., with rates that were triple the national average. Between 2010 and 2015, Williamson County saw a whopping 29 percent increase in job growth. Looking toward the future, a trends report from Williamson, Inc. expects 24,000 new jobs in the area by 2025. Any way you look at it, that’s nice data to tout.
2) High-rated schools
No one can tell you what the “best” school for your kids and family is — it all depends on what you want, need and value. But if data figures in to how you search for the right schools and districts, Williamson County Public Schools consistently score high. On the whole, Williamson County Schools showed a 95.6 percent graduation rate in their 2017 State Report Card (nationally, it’s about 84 percent). and an average ACT Composite of 25.2 (national average is 21, and the 2017 Tennessee average was 19.8). On a list of the top high schools in the state, shared by U.S News, multiple Williamson County schools make the top 10, including Brentwood High school and Franklin High School.
3) Welcoming environment for entrepreneurs and small business owners
If you own or run your own business, Williamson County feels like a friendly place to be. For starters, Tennessee overall is rated highly — CNBC noted that Tennessee is in the top 10 states for business in 2017. When NerdWallet dug down deeper, picking out the best places to start a business within Tennessee, they chose both Franklin and Brentwood in their top 10.
4) Lots of living options
It’s tough to really bundle Williamson County into a description — between its incorporated cities and smaller towns, from Franklin and Brentwood to College Grove and Leipers Fork), you’ll find everything from walkable, urban-centric districts to rural farmland, from century-old historic farmhouses to brand new builds.
5) Comparably low taxes
You might be surprised, if you haven’t gotten a chance to research Williamson County taxes yet, that all the benefits of living there don’t come with an astronomical property tax burden (compared either to nearby Nashville, or to the national average). Just as a loose example, using a basic tax calculator: A $500,000 home in Davidson County would have you sitting with about $5000 in annual property taxes. Move that $500,000 home to Franklin, and you’re closer to $3000. (Nationally, it’d be around $6000.) Pretty significant.
The best way to know if relocating to Williamson County is the right fit for you and your family: exploring in person. If you’re curious, give me a call or send me an email, and tell me about what you need and want, and we can find some properties that fit, and check out some different areas.
Any other questions about Franklin, Brentwood or anywhere else in Williamson County? Always happy to help. Call or email TJ Anderson Homes here.
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TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....
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