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Mt. Juliet ranked third most family friendly city

Laurie Everett • Updated Aug 13, 2013 at 10:46 PM

A Little League Park, proximity to lakes and low tax rate are several reasons why Mt. Juliet was named third-best place for young families in Tennessee, according to a consumer website.

NerdWallet.com ranked Mt. Juliet under first-place Collierville and second-place Spring Hill in a survey recently published.

“We are honored and not surprised,” said City Manager Kenneth Martin. “We are blessed with such an abundance of wonderful citizens and our quality of life is second to none.”

The company looked at quality of schools, cost of living and opportunity for employment, among other things. To conduct the survey, it asked: Does the town have good public schools?; Can you afford to live there?; and Is the town growing and prospering?

“Mt. Juliet is stationed at the crossroads of major interstate highways, and it boasts just a day’s drive to over half of the American population,” the report said.

According to the report, there is more to Mt. Juliet than its advantageous location. It has one of the lowest tax rates in the state and is home to one of Tennessee’s largest Little League parks on Lebanon Road.  Mt. Juliet’s fishing and boating opportunities at Old Hickory and Percy Priest lakes were also mentioned. Providence Marketplace, with its hundreds of restaurants and shops, also played into the ranking.

The report said Mt. Juliet’s median household income is $70,868 and the city grew 20.9 percent from 1999-2011. Franklin was fourth on the list. Others were Oak Ridge, Brentwood, Bristol, Hendersonville, Johnson City and Kingsport.

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty said he was surprised and elated at the ranking.

“I think we should be at the very top of the list,” he said.

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