Living in Nashville

Nashville, the capitol of Tennessee, is a vibrant city that is home to nearly 1.5 million residents. Although it has the convenience of a large city, Nashville is tempered by a small town friendliness and a low cost of living. Features like these led TRAVEL and LEISURE magazine to select Nashville as the Friendliest City to visit and Fortune Magazine to select Nashville as one of the 15 best cities for work and family.

Of course, when people hear of Nashville, they immediately think of country music. Although there is good reason for the association (Nashville is home to many of country top musicians), the musical talent in town does not stop there. From classical and blues to jazz and pop, live music from all genres can be heard any night of the week (see listings at

Music isn't all that Nashville has to offer. The historic riverfront district boasts a lively night life, with restaurants, coffee houses, nightclubs, and shops. Performances by the symphony, opera, ballet, and theater groups take place at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center as well as at outdoor theaters in local parks. Nashville's rich southern history comes alive at places like the Belle Meade Plantation, the Hermitage, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art , and Traveller's Rest Plantation. If you are in the mood for modern, stop by the Frist Center for the Visual Arts or the Adventure Science Center.

Sports fans love Nashville's two professional sports teams, the Tennessee Titans and the Nashville Predators, and its minor league baseball team, the Nashville Sounds. Outdoor enthusiasts delight in Middle Tennessee's opportunities for caving, rock climbing, hiking, fishing, boating, and water sports. Of course, if you need a weekend away, Nashville is a short, two hour (or less!) flight away from 65% of places in the continental U.S. and less than a day's drive from at least 10 major cities.

We encourage you to visit and see for yourself what a culturally diverse and rich city Nashville is!

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