Nashville is the state capital and one of the fastest growing cities in the country, with a metropolitan area population of 1.8 million. 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 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. They have several professional sports teams, including the Tennessee Titans (NFL) and the Nashville Predators (NHL). It is also a very affordable city, with an average home price of just $168k.
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The suburbs south of Nashville are also a popular place to live, particularly for families. Williamson County (includes towns such as Franklin, Brentwood, and Nolensville) is known for the top-performing school district in the state (with four high schools on the USNews & World Report Best High Schools in the U.S. list), and also has many shopping and entertainment options (there are 200 restaurants in the Cool Springs retail area alone).
Franklin, a small city of 65,000 people, was ranked #52 on the 2013 CNNMoney Best Places to Live list, #5 on Southern Living’s Best Small Town list, Most Romantic Main Street by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and was a finalist in the Rand McNally USA Today “most beautiful town” list.
Brentwood, a suburb of 35,000 people, offers top-notch schools and more than 860 acres of park land. Most of the neighborhoods and amenities in Brentwood are connected by walking and biking trails. Brentwood was ranked 7th in Coldwell Banker’s “Top Booming Suburbs in America.” Nolensville, a small but rapidly growing town of less than 10,000 people, offers suburban and rural living options.
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