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Nashville, the third largest city in the southeastern U.S., has a lot to offer. As a center of the music industry, it is widely known as “Music City.” In addition to music, Nashville is a center for healthcare, publishing, banking and the transportation industries, and is home to numerous colleges and universities. Nashville offers a high quality of living and was ranked #3 among the “Top 10 Best Value Cities in America” by Kiplinger.

Living in Nashville

There is no personal income tax on earnings in Tennessee, saving the average relocating family between 3% and 10% of income – or a savings of $3,000 to $10,000 for every $100,000 earned.

Nashville has over 12,000 acres of beautiful parks and a thriving, walkable downtown with a free bus and a bike-sharing system providing access to over 200 downtown restaurants and 124 performance venues for live music and the performing and visual arts.

The “arts participation” rate is nearly five times the national average. And, with 111,379 students in 18 colleges and universities, Nashville is the third largest college town in America.

Why live here
  • The Gulch, an urban mixed-use neighborhood in downtown Nashville, is the first “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design” (LEED) certified platinum neighborhood in America
  • Nashville is home to two of the top 100 K-12 public schools in America. – U.S. News & World Report
  • Successful and well-respected NFL and NHL franchises
  • World-class symphony has received 13 GRAMMY® nominations and six wins
Working in Nashville

The 10-county Nashville region is home to more than 1.8 million people and 40,000 businesses, with the city attracting more diverse new business from across the country than any city its size over the past 20 years.

The region is adding about 10,000 – 20,000 new jobs every year, in all sectors. Recently, Forbes ranked Nashville as the third best positioned city “to grow and prosper in the coming decade.”

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Why work here
  • Ranked #4 “Brain Magnet” for gains in people with college educations
  • Ranked #7 as “Best City for Finding Employment Right Now” – Forbes Magazine
  • Ranked #10 as “Best Place for Business and Careers” – Forbes Magazine
  • Vanderbilt University is Nashville’s top private employer
Playing in Nashville

When it comes to “playing” and family fun, Nashville offers a lot more than just music. Ranked by Conde Nast Traveler as one of "5 best places to go” in 2013, its current momentum is based, in part, on the plethora of attractive cultural and entertainment options, including 31 annual festivals and events, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens, the Nashville Zoo and Gaylord Opryland.

With major sports teams, an extensive park system, and endless arts and cultural opportunities, Nashville offers people plenty of reasons to visit … and to stay.

Why play here
  • Ranked #1 “live music scene in America” – Rolling Stone
  • Ranked #3 in “Creative Vitality” index score in America – Creative Vitality Index
  • Ranked #4 “fashion design scene in America” – The Atlantic
  • “Nashville a Top 10 nightlife spot” – Travel + Leisure
  • “Nashville a top city for foodies” – Travel + Leisure
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