Mt. Juliet was named one of the top boom towns in the nation by Realtor Magazine.
Mt Juliet is known as the city between the lakes, and its city manager said is booming with pride. "We have a saying here where the past is cherished, present is enjoyed, and the future is bright," said Kenny Martin.
That's why Martin said its a pleasant surprise for the town of more than 28,000 to be included in Realtor Magazine's top 30 Boom Towns in America.
"We've got the RTA the train, we have I-40, we have the connection of roads, we have great growth, good vision from the mayor and elected officials," he said.
Analysts looked at things like new home construction, job creation, growth and cost of living. Remax realtor Judy Rockensock said they stay busy. "In comparison to many of the northern cities, we're still affordable," she said.
Martin said their property tax is also appealing. "Our property tax in Mt Juliet is 20 cents, and we've only had that for about four years so that's pretty cheap," he said. "The average homeowner will pay about $300 a year in city property taxes."
That's bringing more and more people to Mt Juliet, and builders can't build fast enough. "The builders just can't keep up with the demand for new construction," said Rockensock. "Our resales are huge because there's just not enough homes in this market for all the buyers that want to be here."
The idea of building a new subdivision on Windtree Golf Course is being discussed to keep up with Mt Juliet's popularity, but not everyone is happy about it. Martin says he understands wanting to hang on to the past, however "the growth is going to come regardless," he said. "It's one of those things that we need to embrace and make the most of it."
As far as a subdivision going up on Windtree golf course, the owners were in the early stages of the approval process with the city.
For a complete list of the top 30 boom towns, click here.