Why people say Cleveland is the 2nd fastest growing city in Tennessee, per new study

Connie Gage found this home in Cleveland after her family's home of 30 years burned down. Credit: WTVC

A new study reveals Cleveland is one of Tennessee’s fastest growing cities. The selling price for homes in Cleveland is up by 8.7%. That’s almost triple the rate from a few months ago in Quarter I.

The pink poppies outside Connie’s Gage’s home are extra bright these days.

Gage has lived in Cleveland for 40 years. Her husband’s job at Mars brought them to the city from Chicago.

Gage flips through the memories of raising their five children in Cleveland, but one milestone is still hard to talk about.

“It was faulty wire? A faulty wire that’s what they say,” said Gage.

A snowy January night in 2010 left the Gages with nothing after a fire destroyed their home.

“I had no place to stay so this place was a rental at the time, now we own it,” said Gage.

Cleveland homes like Gage’s continue to increase in value. According to a new report by Middle Tennessee State University, home prices in Cleveland increased more than any city in Tennessee, except for Bristol.

“I’ve learned now there’s no better place to raise a family,” said Cody Disney, who stays because of the affordable prices and the school system.

Mitchell Hartley is staying put after graduating from Lee university because of the people and the outdoors.

“We want to create the environment that businesses want to build here, which brings more jobs and more people looking for homes,” said Mayor Kevin Brooks.

Mayor Brooks says a melting pot of reasons is the driver for growth. He credits, new businesses, olid schools and a tight knit community.

As new life etches its way into the city, Gage reflects on the old memories too. Knowing a house isn’t four walls and a roof but rather the people who share it.

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