Nashville 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.
Nashville has been named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family 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 by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years. Nashville's cost of living is unusually low for a city of its size and quality of life. Click here to see a cost of living comparison between Nashville and peer cities provided by the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.
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. For those interested in the visual arts, the Frist Museum for Visual Arts has a well-regarded modern and post-modern art collection. Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) presents a series of touring Broadway shows and special engagements, performances by the Nashville Ballet, the Nashville Opera, and the Tennessee Repertory Theatre, as well as, off-Broadway plays, dance performances, concerts and other cultural programs. Visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau to find events and attractiions 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.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce relocation site provides information on many things you need to know about settling in Nashville, from how to contact the electric and water companies to how to register your vehicle to how to obtain your library card.