Living in Middle Tennessee

Middle Tennessee is a wonderful place to live, offering tons to do and a wide variety of urban, suburban, and rural areas. The Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin metropolitan area has a population of over 1.6 million people. Middle Tennessee has a nice climate with four distinct seasons and relatively mild winters and warm summers. 

Murfreesboro (Rutherford County)

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​Murfreesboro is a city of 130,000 people and is one of the fastest growing small cities in the country. It is home to Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in the state, with over 25,000 students. Murfreesboro has numerous restaurants (over 300), shopping, parks, and historical sites to explore, including the Avenue Murfreesboro, an outdoor lifestyle center located just a mile from St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital. Murfreesboro is also just a 30 minute drive from downtown Nashville, and all of its entertainment options.

In 2010, Bloomberg Business Week ranked Murfreesboro the best place in Tennessee to raise children. Rutherford County schools consistently rank among the best school districts in the state. Rutherford County (Murfreesboro and nearby small towns such as Smyrna and LaVergne) combines the benefits of small-town living with the amenities of a major metropolitan area.



​Murfreesboro has a low cost of living (8% lower than the national average) and a variety of high quality, affordable, and safe housing options are available just minutes from St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital.

With a median home price of about $150,000, our emergency medicine residents can even afford to purchase their own home. The closest housing option, the Gateway Village, offers luxury condos and lofts, and is located directly adjacent to the hospital campus - just a few minutes’ walk to the hospital. Learn more about lots of fun things to do in Murfreesboro here.

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Nashville (Davidson County)

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Nashville, a city of over 600,000 people, is the state capital and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Just a short drive from our emergency medicine residency program, downtown Nashville features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural, and architectural attractions. Nashville is known as “Music City” and is the 2nd biggest music production center (after NYC) in the country.

Nashville has many famous attractions including Broadway, Music Row, the Nashville Zoo, Opryland, the Ryman Auditorium, the Belcourt Theatre, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Schermerhorn Symphony Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Parthenon, and the Tennessee State Museum. The city hosts many major annual events such as the Tennessee State Fair, Nashville Film Festival, and the CMA Music Festival.
Nashville has several professional sports teams, including the Tennessee Titans (NFL) and the Nashville Predators (NHL).



Nashville has been on many “best of” lists recently, including #1 on Kiplinger’s Best Cities to Live, #3 on Travel & Leisure’s America’s Best Cities, Best Music Scene by Rolling Stone, #2 on Forbes Best Cities for Jobs, #3 on Forbes Next Boom Towns, #13 on Businessweek’s Top Cities in the U.S., #28 on Bloomberg’s Best Places to Live, and as one of 5 world cities noted as “best places to go in 2013” by Conde Naste Traveler. Nashville is a very affordable city, with an average home price of just $168k.

Learn more about lots of fun things to do in Nashville.

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