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.
  • 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.




Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, has officially become the state’s largest city as of 2017 with an estimated metropolitan population of 1.9 million. Dell, Nissan, GM Motors, Bridgestone, UBS Financial Services, HCA, Community Health Services, Lyft, Google, and Microsoft have all moved some operations to or near the city. The New York Times gave Nashville the moniker of the "it" city, and the overall progressive and loving environment, along with the diverse $100 billion economy consisting of health care, music, tech and automotive industries, have made people want to visit and live alike in the music city. Middle Tennessee has a nice climate with four distinct seasons and relatively mild winters and warm summers. 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, Ascend Amphitheater, 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) with a likely MLS team coming soon.

Nashville has been on many “best of” lists including , #5 on Travel & Leisure’s America’s Best Cities , #13 on U.S. News and World Report best places to live in America, CNN's Best Places to Watch Fireworks on July 4th, one of the 10 Best Foodie Vacations in America by TripAdvisor, The 5 Best Cities in the World with Up-and-Coming Art Scenes by Observer, South's Best 2018 by Southern Living included Nashville: The South’s Best Cities, The South’s Friendliest Cities, The South’s Best Food Cities, #4 in Southern Living's list of The South's Best Cities 2017, Best Places to Go in 2018 by Condé Nast Traveler, one of Zagat’s 30 most exciting food cities, and was named among America's Friendliest Cities by Travel + Leisure.

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