Located in the heart of Tennessee, Nashville is both the state capital and its most populous city. Traditionally known for its legendary country music, famous hot chicken and world-renowned Southern hospitality, Nashville has now also become a hub for economic growth. No longer just a mecca for country music fans, Nashville is, in fact, one of the USA’s fastest-growing cities with around 100 people said to be arriving each day.
These days more and more people, especially millennials, are fleeing expensive cities such San Francisco and New York City in favour of places that can offer them a better cost of living and opportunities for career growth. Nashville’s affordability combined with its vibrant lifestyle offerings make it a prime destination for smart young professionals from elsewhere in the US and beyond.
While job opportunities are plentiful, especially for those with background and experience in healthcare, technology and finance, the workplace in Nashville is much more laid-back, and the work-life balance healthier than in bigger cities. While salaries are not particularly competitive most employees report experiencing high levels of job satisfaction as well as job security. In recent years, the Music City has also become a magnet for creative types, and it owes much of its economic success to this contingent. Entrepreneurs and people launching start-ups have also seen the value of having operations in Nashville.
Besides millennials from other parts of the US, Nashville remains a firm favourite among families. Scratch beneath the image of the Music City as a party place and one quickly realises how Nashville’s environment is highly conducive when it comes to raising children. Prospective residents will also be pleased to learn that there are lots of good schooling options in Nashville, both in terms of public and private institutions.
New arrivals to Nashville will find that there is no short supply when it comes to housing. Young professionals looking for plush apartment living will find plenty of options in trendy areas close to the city centre, while families moving to Nashville for a better quality of life can focus their house-hunting efforts in the outer suburbs.
In terms of lifestyle offerings, there is plenty to see and do in Nashville. Whether it is art, history and culture, music or sport, new residents can have their pick. Green spaces are abundant in Nashville and fitness enthusiasts will likely relish the opportunity to stroll, jog or cycle along the beautiful river path along the Cumberland. Sports fans will surely have fun getting behind local teams such as the Nashville Titans, the Predators and the Nashville Sounds. Anyone who appreciates art and culture will enjoy getting acquainted with the local creative scene in Nashville. With galleries, theatres productions and historic districts to explore, there really is no shortage of things to see and do here.
As would be the case in any new destination, there are a few downsides to factor in when considering a move to Nashville. A severely lacking public transportation system is certainly one of them. Then there are the incredibly humid summers that bring with them pretty bad thunderstorms and those who suffer from allergies are likely to find spring in the Music City to be a nightmare. Finally, while Tennessee’s openness and friendliness towards newcomers have served to increase diversity in Nashville, it is by no means as cosmopolitan as places such as Los Angeles, New York or Boston.
Regardless of these shortcomings, large numbers of people from other parts of the USA as well as foreigners continue to choose Nashville as a base for a new chapter in their lives. The vast majority of these new arrivals who choose to relocate to the Music City is likely to have an overwhelmingly positive experience and opt to stay for the long-term. Newcomers looking to balance the best small-town vibes with the comfort associated with big-city amenities is bound to find that sweet spot here in Nashville.