Nashville is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The city is the county seat of Davidson County and is located on the Cumberland River. The city’s population ranks 24th in the U.S. According to 2017 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 691,243. The “balance” population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 667,560 in 2017.
Located in northern Middle Tennessee, Nashville is the main core of the largest metropolitan area in Tennessee. The 2017 population of the entire 13-county Nashville metropolitan area (known colloquially as “The Mid-State”) was 1,903,045. The 2015 population of the Nashville—Davidson–Murfreesboro–Columbia combined statistical area, a larger trade area, was 2,027,489.
Nashville is a center for the music, healthcare, publishing, private prison, banking and transportation industries, and is home to numerous colleges and universities such as Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Fisk University, and Lipscomb University. Entities with a large presence or headquarters in the city include AT&T, CoreCivic, Hospital Corporation of America, LifeWay Christian Resources, Logan’s Roadhouse, Ryman Hospitality Properties, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the National Baptist Convention.
The Nashville real estate market is exploding and the reasons are outstanding. Forbes magazine ranked Nashville the eighth-best U.S. market to buy a home, U.S. News & World Report ranked Nashville #13 in the top U.S. cities to live, andranked Nashville as the friendliest city in America as well as one of the top 50 places to visit in the world. Nashville real estate offers all of that including no state income tax and the best music scene on the planet.
Top 5 Major Employers
Vanderbilt University Medical Center: 20,428
HCA Healthcare Inc.: 10,613
St. Thomas Health Services: 7,000
Vanderbilt University: 6,912
Saint Thomas Health: 6,243