Nashville, Tennessee is a thriving community of commerce, finance, healthcare, and music. The Metropolitan area is home to a diverse and growing population. Though situated squarely in the southeast, its role as state capital and its distinction as “Music City, USA,” brings people from across the country to settle in the city.
The city was settled in 1779 and permanently became state capital in 1843. The city proper is 528 square miles with a population of nearly 660,000 (2016). The Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses eight counties - Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson - and has a population of 1.6 million (2010).
Nashville has been named one of the 2017 Top 25 Best U.S. Cities to Find a Job by Fortune magazine. It was ranked as the number one most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine and was named one of the 2018 50 Best Places to Live in America by Business Insider. Click here to see current Nashville-area data and trends for demographics, workforce, business climate, housing & income, and cost of living.
From downtown block parties and festivals to local university pubs, music plays a vital role in Nashville’s character. The Nashville Symphony provides concert series memberships at a very reasonable cost and the Ryman Auditorium, otherwise known as the "Mother Church of Country Music," is one of the world's most significant music heritage sites. For those interested in the visual arts, the Frist Museum for Visual Arts has a well-regarded modern and post-modern art collection. Visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau to find more information regarding events and attractions in the city.
The most visited park in the US, The Great Smoky Mountains National Park, is only four hours from Nashville. It provides access to the Appalachian Trail, numerous rock climbing and rafting opportunities, and spelunking. Within Nashville, there are over 100 parks that provide miles of hiking trails and opportunities for fun (and free) family activities.
Home to the Tennessee Titans (NFL), the Nashville Predators (NHL), the Nashville Sounds (AAA baseball), and the Nashville Superspeedway, sports fans have no difficulty finding events. The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt often sponsors events at these venues, resulting in discounted (or free) tickets to housestaff and families.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce relocation site provides information on many things you need to know about settling in Nashville, everything from how to contact the electric and water companies to a guide to Nashville's neighborhoods to how to how to obtain your library card.
We look forward to seeing you soon in our hometown: Nashville, Tennessee.
Last Edited: January 16, 2019