Smyrna is a medium-sized town in Rutherford County, Tennessee. The town has about ten neighborhoods and is the 15th largest community in the state. It is an upper-middle income community compared to state economic standards and a solidly middle-class income community compared to federal economic standards. It has a mixed workforce and job market made up of both white-collar and blue collar workers/positions. Over 23% of all adults in Smyrna hold four-year degrees or higher, which is a bit above the national average. It is a very diverse community both ethnically and racially. The most common ancestries among residents are English, Irish, German and Italian. English is the primary language, though several residents also speak Spanish. According to the U.S. News & World Report in 2007, the town was among the best places to return in the United States.
The city is named after the ancient Greek city of Smyrna. It was founded in 1855 and incorporated as a town in 1869. Like many communities in the U.S., it had its start as an agricultural community. Smyrna was re-incorporated as a town in 1915 and during WWII, Steward Air Force Base was established in the town. The base was scheduled for closure early in the 1970s and the land was split between the National Guard, the Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority, and the state. For much of its history the town has had a commission/mayor form of government, however, in 2000 the town government adopted a new charter. Today it operates with a city manager form of community government.
The town spans about 23 square miles of virtually all land area. In 2000, the population was 25,569, the median household income was $44,405, the median family income was $51,550 and the per capita income was $19,704. By 2010, the population had risen to 39,974 and the population density was $1,119.8 people per square mile. In 2013, the estimated median household income was $53,188 and the estimated per capita income was $24,980. In the same year, the median house or condo value in Smyrna was $150,094, the mean price on all housing units was $191,404 and the median gross rent was $885. The rise in population and the improvements in the local economy reveal a community that is thriving and growing.
The town is served by two public school districts, the Murfreesboro School District and the Rutherford County School District. Public schools in Smyrna include Cedar Grove Elementary, Smyrna Elementary, Stewarts Creek Middle School, Smyrna West Alternative School, Smyrna High School and others. Private Schools in Smyrna include Summit Christian Academy and Lancaster Christian Academy. The community has about ten parks, a public fitness center, an outdoor water park, seven miles of greenway trails, a golf course and more. The town is a good mix of residential areas, businesses, manufacturing, professional services, retail establishments and more. Homes for sale come in a range of sizes and styles from little cottages up through sprawling luxury homes. Other real estate options include rental properties like apartments and houses and properties like townhomes and condominiums for sale or lease. To begin your home search in Smyrna, call local real estate agent Pauline Charlton at 615 482 2257.
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