Nashville: The Health Care Industry Capital

Nashville (Davidson County)

Nashville is home to a diverse health care cluster with leaders in a number of industry niches that impact the health care landscape locally, nationally and internationally.

  • The Nashville health care industry contributes an overall economic benefit of nearly $30 billion and more than 200,000 jobs to the local economy annually.
  • Globally, Nashville’s health care industry generates more than $70 billion in revenue and more than 400,000 jobs.
  • More than 250 health care companies have operations in Nashville and work on a multistate, national or international basis. Nashville is also home to more than 300 professional service firms (e.g., accounting, architecture, finance, legal) that provide expertise in the health care industry.
  • Thirteen publicly traded health care companies are located in Nashville.

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  • The health care industry is Nashville’s largest and fastest growing employer, directly employing 110,000, an increase of more than 20 percent from 90,000 jobs in 2004.
  • With a 50 percent increase from 1995 to 2008, clinical provider job growth in Nashville has outpaced the nation (35 percent) and Tennessee (40 percent).
  • A survey of Nashville Health Care Council member CEOs shows great confidence in the Nashville market; 95 percent indicated that a Nashville headquarters location is important to their company’s positive performance. 
  • Nearly $1 billion in venture capital was invested in Nashville health care companies from 2001-2011.


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. Nashville, a city of over 600,000 people, is the state capital and is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. 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).

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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.

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