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Nashville Commutes


Despite a recent trend towards urban living, many Nashville home buyers are still seeking homes outside of the city limits. Naturally, the home prices tend to be more reasonable with more opportunities for starter homes. It could also be the fact that Nashville is surrounded by communities that proudly boast family friendly environments, ideal for raising kids. Perhaps for some home buyers, they just want the space between where they work and where they live. Whatever the reason, here’s a roundup of Nashville commutes and driving times involved. 

Williamson County
Brentwood is a mere 11 miles from Downtown Nashville. The average commute time is approximately 24 minutes on I-65. It’s an easy drive, but during peak hours you will deal with more traffic. Still, Brentwood is the fastest Nashville commute for Williamson County, which is known for having top schools and quality of life.

Franklin is just another exit south of Brentwood, but starts to spread out more than Brentwood. So, depending on where in Franklin you reside your commute time could be from 20-25 minutes during peak hours.

Watch out for: Spring Hill is the most southern city in Williamson County and unfortunately has the worst commute time.


Rutherford County
Both La Vergne and Smyrna average driving times of about 28-29 minutes via I-24. Murfreesboro adds another 10-15 minutes, but partly due to Murfreesboro’s own road infrastructure. Home prices in Rutherford County are incredibly enticing, as are the communities themselves. So, for home buyers who don’t mind the extra time in the car, these areas still make for a great commute.

Watch out for: The driving time from Murfreesboro to East Nashville seems to involve one of the most congested routes, and it is possible that driving time could easily be an hour.


Wilson County
Lebanon averages about 35 minutes driving time and Mt. Juliet is approximately40 minutes of commute time via I-40. Mt. Juliet has become an incredibly popular choice for home buyers thanks to its appeal among young families. In fact, it continues to grow rapidly and shows no signs of slowing thanks to plenty of new construction home options too.


Sumner County
Hendersonville is closest to Nashville and the drive time falls between 30-45 minutes usually each day. Though only 18 miles outside of Nashville, volume on I-65 is generally what makes the commute longer here. Gallatin is even farther away and can add on as much as 30 minutes to the drive. These areas also mean close proximity to Old Hickory Lake though and so driving times can be especially bearable for home owners who enjoy their weekends on the water.


Traffic in and around Nashville continues to be a concern for the city and source of frustration for commuters. As the city and surrounding counties continue to develop, more options may be available in the future. All of driving times are greatly reduced when driving during non-peak hours too so anyone with a flexible schedule will not experience the same traffic woes as those traveling during peak hours. On the plus side, these commutes provide plenty of opportunity to get caught up on your favorite podcast.


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