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Nashville
Nashville
(/ˈnæʃvɪl/[6]) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state
U.S. state
of Tennessee
Tennessee
and the seat of Davidson County.[7] It is located on the Cumberland River
Cumberland River
in northern Middle Tennessee. The city is a center for the music,[8] healthcare, publishing, private prison,[9] banking and transportation industries, and is home to numerous colleges and universities. Since 1963, Nashville
Nashville
has had a consolidated city-county government, which includes six smaller municipalities in a two-tier system. The city is governed by a mayor, a vice-mayor, and a 40-member Metropolitan Council; 35 of the members are elected from single-member districts, while the other five are elected at-large. Reflecting the city's position in state government, Nashville
Nashville
is home to the Tennessee
Tennessee
Supreme Court's courthouse for Middle Tennessee. According to 2016 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 684,410.[3] The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 660,388.[5][10] The 2015 population of the entire 13-county Nashville metropolitan area
Nashville metropolitan area
was 1,830,345, making it the largest metropolitan statistical area in Tennessee.[4] The 2015 population of the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Columbia combined statistical area, a larger trade area, was 1,951,644.[11]

Contents

1 History

1.1 20th century 1.2 21st century

2 Geography

2.1 Topography 2.2 Climate 2.3 Cityscape 2.4 Neighborhoods

3 Demographics

3.1 Metropolitan area

4 Economy

4.1 Top employers

5 Culture

5.1 Dining 5.2 Entertainment and performing arts 5.3 Tourism

5.3.1 Major annual events

5.4 Nicknames

6 Sports

6.1 Professional 6.2 College and amateur

7 Parks and gardens 8 Law and government

8.1 Politics

9 Education

9.1 Public schools 9.2 Private schools 9.3 Colleges and universities

10 Media 11 Transportation

11.1 Road 11.2 Bus 11.3 Air 11.4 Rail

11.4.1 Amtrak 11.4.2 Commuter

11.5 Bridges

12 Sister cities 13 See also 14 Notes 15 References 16 Further reading 17 External links

History[edit] Main articles: History of Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee
and Timeline of Nashville, Tennessee The town of Nashville
Nashville
was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men
Overmountain Men
in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough. It was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
hero. Nashville
Nashville
quickly grew because of its strategic location, accessibility as a port on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio
Ohio
River; and its later status as a major railroad center. By 1800, the city had 345 residents, including 136 African American slaves and 14 free blacks.[12] In 1806, Nashville
Nashville
was incorporated as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1843, the city was named the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee.

Nashville
Nashville
riverfront shortly after the American Civil War

By 1860, when the first rumblings of secession began to be heard across the South, antebellum Nashville
Nashville
was a prosperous city. The city's significance as a shipping port made it a desirable prize as a means of controlling important river and railroad transportation routes. In February 1862, Nashville
Nashville
became the first state capital to fall to Union troops. The state was occupied by Union troops for the duration of the war. The Battle of Nashville
Battle of Nashville
(December 15–16, 1864) was a significant Union victory and perhaps the most decisive tactical victory gained by either side in the war; it was also the war's final major military action, which afterward became almost entirely a war of attrition consisting largely of guerrilla raids and small skirmishes, with the Confederate forces in the Deep South
Deep South
almost constantly in retreat. Within a few years after the Civil War, the Nashville
Nashville
chapter of the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
was founded by Confederate veteran John W. Morton.[13] Meanwhile, the city had reclaimed its important shipping and trading position and developed a solid manufacturing base. The post–Civil War years of the late 19th century brought new prosperity to Nashville and Davidson County. These healthy economic times left the city with a legacy of grand classical-style buildings, including the Parthenon
Parthenon
in Centennial Park, which can still be seen around the downtown area.[14] 20th century[edit] Circa 1950 the state legislature approved a new city charter that provided for the election of city council members from single-member districts, rather than at-large voting. This change was supported because at-large voting diluted the minority population's political power in the city. They could seldom gain a majority of the population to support a candidate of their choice.[citation needed] Apportionment under the single-member districts meant that some districts had black majorities. In 1951, after passage of the new charter, African-American attorneys Z. Alexander Looby
Z. Alexander Looby
and Robert E. Lillard were elected to the city council.[15] Rapid suburbanization occurred the years immediately after World War II, as new housing was being built outside city limits. This resulted in a demand for many new schools and other support facilities, which the county found difficult to provide. At the same time, suburbanization led to a declining tax base in the city, although many suburban residents used unique city amenities and services supported only by city taxpayers. After years of discussion, a referendum was held in 1958 on the issue of consolidating city and county government. It failed to gain approval although it was supported by elected leaders of both jurisdictions: County Judge Beverly Briley of Davidson and Mayor Ben West of Nashville.[16] Following the referendum's failure, Nashville
Nashville
annexed some 42 square miles of suburban jurisdictions to expand its tax base. This increased uncertainty among residents, and created resentment among many suburban communities. Under the second charter for metropolitan government, which was approved in 1962, two levels of service provision were proposed: the General Services District and the Urban Services District, to provide for a differential in tax levels. Residents of the Urban Services District had a full range of city services. The areas that made up the General Services District, however, had a lower tax rate until full services were provided.[16] This helped reconcile aspects of services and taxation among the differing jurisdictions within the large metro region. On April 19, 1960, African-American council member Looby's house was bombed by segregationists.[17] Protesters marched to the city hall the next day, and Mayor Ben West said he supported the de-segregation of lunch counters.[18] In 1963, Nashville
Nashville
consolidated its government with Davidson County, forming a metropolitan government. The membership on the Metro Council, the legislative body, was increased from 21 to 40 seats. Of these, five members are elected at-large and 35 are elected from single-member districts, each to serve a term of four years.[16] On April 8, 1967, a riot occurred on the college campuses of Fisk University and Tennessee
Tennessee
State University after Stokely Carmichael spoke at Vanderbilt University.[19] Although it was viewed as a "race riot", it had classist characteristics.[19] In 1979, the Ku Klux Klan
Ku Klux Klan
burnt crosses outside two African-American locations in Nashville, including the Nashville
Nashville
headquarters of the NAACP.[20] Since the 1970s, the city and county have experienced tremendous growth, particularly during the economic boom of the 1990s under the leadership of then-Mayor and later- Tennessee
Tennessee
Governor, Phil Bredesen. He made urban renewal a priority, and fostered the construction or renovation of several city landmarks, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the downtown Nashville
Nashville
Public Library, the Bridgestone
Bridgestone
Arena, and Nissan
Nissan
Stadium.[citation needed] Nissan Stadium
Nissan Stadium
(formerly Adelphia Coliseum and LP Field) was built after the National Football League's (NFL) Houston Oilers
Houston Oilers
agreed to move to the city in 1995. The NFL team debuted in Nashville
Nashville
in 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium, and Nissan Stadium
Nissan Stadium
opened in the summer of 1999. The Oilers changed their name to the Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans and finished the season with the Music City Miracle
Music City Miracle
and a close Super Bowl game in which the St. Louis Rams' win was secured in the last play.[citation needed] In 1997, Nashville
Nashville
was awarded a National Hockey League
National Hockey League
expansion team; this was named the Nashville
Nashville
Predators. Since the 2003–04 season, the Predators have made the playoffs all but three seasons. In 2017, they made the Stanley Cup Finals
Stanley Cup Finals
for the first time in franchise history, but ultimately fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 2, in the best-of-seven series.[citation needed] 21st century[edit]

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The city bounced back with relative ease from the Great Recession. In March 2012, a Gallup poll ranked Nashville
Nashville
in its top five regions for job growth.[21] In 2013, Nashville
Nashville
was described as "Nowville" and "It City" by GQ, Forbes
Forbes
and The New York Times.[22][23][24] Nashville elected its first female mayor, Megan Barry, on September 25, 2015.[25] As a council member, Barry had previously performed the first same-sex wedding in Nashville
Nashville
on June 26, 2015.[26] In 2017, Nashville's economy was deemed the third fastest growing in the nation,[27] and also was named the "hottest housing market in the US" by Freddie Mac realtors.[28] Geography[edit]

A satellite image of Nashville

Topography[edit] Nashville
Nashville
lies on the Cumberland River
Cumberland River
in the northwestern portion of the Nashville
Nashville
Basin. Nashville's elevation ranges from its lowest point, 385 feet (117 m) above sea level at the Cumberland River,[29] to its highest point, 1,163 feet (354 m) above sea level in the Radnor Lake State Natural Area.[30][31] According to the United States
United States
Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 527.9 square miles (1,367 km2), of which 504.0 square miles (1,305 km2) of it is land and 23.9 square miles (62 km2) of it (4.53%) is water. Climate[edit] Nashville
Nashville
has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cfa),[32] with hot, humid summers and generally cool to mild winters typical of the Upper South.[33][34][35] Monthly averages range from 37.7 °F (3.2 °C) in January to 79.4 °F (26.3 °C) in July, with a diurnal temperature variation of 18.2 to 23.0 °F (10.1 to 12.8 °C). Snowfall occurs during the winter months, but it is usually not heavy. Average annual snowfall is about 6.3 inches (16 cm), falling mostly in January and February and occasionally in March and December.[36] The largest snow event since 2003 was on January 22, 2016, when Nashville
Nashville
received 8 inches (20 cm) of snow in a single storm; the largest overall was 17 inches (43 cm), received on March 17, 1892, during the St. Patrick's Day Snowstorm.[37] Rainfall is typically greater in November and December, and spring, while August to October are the driest months on average. Spring and fall are prone to severe thunderstorms, which occasionally bring tornadoes—with recent major events on April 16, 1998; April 7, 2006; February 5, 2008; April 10, 2009; and May 1–2, 2010. Relative humidity in Nashville
Nashville
averages 83% in the mornings and 60% in the afternoons,[38] which is considered moderate for the Southeastern United States.[39] In recent decades, due to urban development, Nashville
Nashville
has developed an urban heat island (UHI); especially on cool, clear nights, temperatures are up to 10 °F (5.6 °C) warmer in the heart of the city than in rural outlying areas. The Nashville
Nashville
region lies within USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 7a.[40] Nashville's long springs and autumns combined with a diverse array of trees and grasses can often make it uncomfortable for allergy sufferers.[41] In 2008, Nashville
Nashville
was ranked as the 18th-worst spring allergy city in the U.S. by the Asthma and Allergy
Allergy
Foundation of America.[42] The coldest temperature ever recorded in Nashville
Nashville
was −17 °F (−27 °C) on January 21, 1985, and the highest was 109 °F (43 °C) on June 29, 2012.[43]

Climate data for Nashville
Nashville
( Nashville
Nashville
Int'l), 1981–2010 normals,[b] extremes 1871−present[c]

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Record high °F (°C) 78 (26) 84 (29) 89 (32) 91 (33) 96 (36) 109 (43) 107 (42) 106 (41) 105 (41) 94 (34) 88 (31) 79 (26) 109 (43)

Mean maximum °F (°C) 68.0 (20) 73.0 (22.8) 80.2 (26.8) 85.1 (29.5) 88.7 (31.5) 94.2 (34.6) 97.1 (36.2) 96.5 (35.8) 93.0 (33.9) 85.5 (29.7) 77.7 (25.4) 68.5 (20.3) 98.3 (36.8)

Average high °F (°C) 46.9 (8.3) 51.8 (11) 61.0 (16.1) 70.5 (21.4) 78.2 (25.7) 86.0 (30) 89.3 (31.8) 89.0 (31.7) 82.4 (28) 71.7 (22.1) 60.3 (15.7) 49.5 (9.7) 69.7 (20.9)

Average low °F (°C) 28.4 (−2) 31.6 (−0.2) 39.0 (3.9) 47.5 (8.6) 56.8 (13.8) 65.4 (18.6) 69.5 (20.8) 68.4 (20.2) 60.7 (15.9) 48.9 (9.4) 39.4 (4.1) 31.3 (−0.4) 48.9 (9.4)

Mean minimum °F (°C) 8.8 (−12.9) 13.5 (−10.3) 22.5 (−5.3) 31.2 (−0.4) 42.7 (5.9) 54.3 (12.4) 61.6 (16.4) 59.4 (15.2) 45.4 (7.4) 32.7 (0.4) 23.8 (−4.6) 13.8 (−10.1) 4.7 (−15.2)

Record low °F (°C) −17 (−27) −13 (−25) 2 (−17) 23 (−5) 34 (1) 42 (6) 51 (11) 47 (8) 36 (2) 26 (−3) −1 (−18) −10 (−23) −17 (−27)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.75 (95.3) 3.94 (100.1) 4.11 (104.4) 4.00 (101.6) 5.50 (139.7) 4.14 (105.2) 3.64 (92.5) 3.17 (80.5) 3.41 (86.6) 3.04 (77.2) 4.31 (109.5) 4.24 (107.7) 47.25 (1,200.1)

Average snowfall inches (cm) 2.6 (6.6) 2.3 (5.8) 0.9 (2.3) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) 0 (0) trace 0 (0) 0.5 (1.3) 6.3 (16)

Average precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 10.3 10.3 10.7 10.8 11.7 10.0 10.2 8.4 7.5 8.0 9.8 11.2 118.9

Average snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 2.1 2.3 0.7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.1 0 1.0 6.2

Average relative humidity (%) 70.4 68.5 64.6 63.2 69.5 70.4 72.8 73.1 73.7 69.4 70.2 71.4 69.8

Mean monthly sunshine hours 139.6 145.2 191.3 231.5 261.8 277.7 279.0 262.1 226.4 216.8 148.1 130.6 2,510.1

Percent possible sunshine 45 48 52 59 60 64 63 63 61 62 48 43 56

Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961−1990),[36][44][45] Weather.com[46]

Cityscape[edit]

Downtown Nashville

See also: List of tallest buildings in Nashville Nashville's downtown area features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural and architectural attractions. The Broadway and 2nd Avenue areas feature entertainment venues, night clubs and an assortment of restaurants. North of Broadway lie Nashville's central business district, Legislative Plaza, Capitol Hill and the Tennessee
Tennessee
Bicentennial Mall. Cultural and architectural attractions can be found throughout the city. Three major interstate highways (I-40, I-65 and I-24) converge near the core area of downtown, and many regional cities are within a day's driving distance. Nashville's first skyscraper, the Life & Casualty Tower, was completed in 1957 and launched the construction of other high rises in downtown Nashville. After the construction of the AT&T Building (commonly referred to by locals as the "Batman Building") in 1994, the downtown area saw little construction until the mid-2000s. The Pinnacle, a high rise office building, opened in 2010, the first Nashville
Nashville
skyscraper completed in more than 15 years.[47] Ten more skyscrapers have since been constructed or are under construction. Many civic and infrastructure projects are being planned, in progress, or recently completed. A new MTA bus hub was recently completed in downtown Nashville, as was the Music City Star
Music City Star
pilot project. Several public parks have been constructed, such as the Public Square. Riverfront Park is scheduled to be extensively updated. The Music City Center opened in May 2013. It is a 1,200,000 square foot (110,000 m2) convention center with 370,000 square feet (34,000 m2) of exhibit space.

Nashville
Nashville
skyline in 2009

Neighborhoods[edit]

Antioch Bellevue Cane Ridge Donelson East Nashville Germantown Green Hills The Gulch Hermitage Hillsboro Village Inglewood Joelton Lakewood Lockeland Springs Madison Old Hickory Pasquo Tusculum Woodbine Whites Creek West Nashville

Demographics[edit] See also: List of people from Nashville, Tennessee

Historical population

Census Pop.

1810 1,100

1820 3,410

210.0%

1830 5,566

63.2%

1840 6,929

24.5%

1850 10,165

46.7%

1860 16,988

67.1%

1870 25,865

52.3%

1880 43,350

67.6%

1890 76,168

75.7%

1900 80,865

6.2%

1910 110,364

36.5%

1920 118,342

7.2%

1930 153,866

30.0%

1940 167,402

8.8%

1950 174,307

4.1%

1960 170,874

−2.0%

1970 448,003

162.2%

1980 477,811

6.7%

1990 510,784

6.9%

2000 569,891

11.6%

2010 626,681

10.0%

Est. 2016 684,410 [3] 9.2%

Sources:[3][48][49][50] Notes:[51]

The data below is for all of Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County, including other incorporated cities within the consolidated city-county (such as Belle Meade and Berry Hill). See Nashville-Davidson (balance) for demographic data on Nashville-Davidson County excluding separately incorporated cities. According to the 2009 American Community Survey, there were 628,434 people residing in the city. The population density was 1,204.2 inhabitants per square mile (464.9/km2). There were 282,452 housing units at an average density of 560.4 per square mile (216.4/km2).[52]

Racial composition 2010[53] 1990[54] 1970[54]

White 61.4% 73.8% 80.1%

—Non-Hispanic 57.4% 73.2% 79.5%[55]

Black or African American 27.7% 24.3% 19.6%

Hispanic or Latino (of any race) 9.8% 0.9% 0.6%[55]

Asian 3.0% 1.4% 0.1%

Map of racial distribution in Nashville, 2010 U.S. Census. Each dot is 25 people: White, Black, Asian Hispanic, or Other (yellow)

Population density map per 2000 census

At the 2010 census, the racial makeup of the city was 61.4% White (57.4% non-Hispanic white), 27.7% African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska
Alaska
Native, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 2.5% from two or more races. 9.8% of the total population was of Hispanic or Latino origin (they may be of any race).[53] The non-Hispanic White population was 79.5% in 1970.[54] There were 254,651 households and 141,469 families (55.6% of households). Of households with families, 37.2% had married couples living together, 14.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 4.2% had a male householder with no wife present. 27.9% of all households had children under the age of 18, and 18.8% had at least one member 65 years of age or older. Of the 44.4% of households that are non-families, 36.2% were individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.16.[56] The age distribution was 22% under 18, 10% from 18 to 24, 33% from 25 to 44, 24% from 45 to 64, and 11% who were 65 or older. The median age was 34.2 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.[57] The median income for a household in the city was $46,141, and the median income for a family was $56,377. Males with a year-round, full-time job had a median income of $41,017 versus $36,292 for females. The per capita income for the city was $27,372. About 13.9% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 9.9% of those age 65 or over.[58] Of residents 25 or older, 33.4% have a bachelor's degree or higher.[3] Because of its relatively low cost of living and large job market, Nashville
Nashville
has become a popular city for immigrants.[59] Nashville's foreign-born population more than tripled in size between 1990 and 2000, increasing from 12,662 to 39,596. The city's largest immigrant groups include Mexicans, Kurds,[60] Vietnamese, Laotians, Arabs, and Somalis. There are also smaller communities of Pashtuns
Pashtuns
from Afghanistan
Afghanistan
and Pakistan
Pakistan
concentrated primarily in Antioch.[61] Nashville
Nashville
has the largest Kurdish community in the United States, numbering approximately 11,000.[62] In 2009, about 60,000 Bhutanese refugees were being admitted to the U.S., and some were expected to resettle in Nashville.[63] During the Iraqi election of 2005, Nashville
Nashville
was one of the few international locations where Iraqi expatriates could vote.[64] The American Jewish community in Nashville dates back over 150 years, and numbered about 8,000 in 2015, plus 2,000 Jewish college students.[65] Metropolitan area[edit] Main article: Nashville
Nashville
metropolitan area As of 2015[update], Nashville
Nashville
has the largest metropolitan area in the state of Tennessee, spanning 13 counties and an estimated population of 1,830,345.[4] The Nashville
Nashville
metropolitan statistical area encompasses 13 of 41 Middle Tennessee
Tennessee
counties: Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson.[66] The 2015 population of the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Columbia combined statistical area was estimated at 1,951,644.[11]

Economy[edit]

Signs welcoming motorists into Nashville
Nashville
on major roadways include the phrases "Music City" and "Home Of The Grand Ole Opry".

See also: List of companies based in Nashville, Tennessee As the "home of country music", Nashville
Nashville
has become a major music recording and production center. The Big Four record labels, as well as numerous independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row
Music Row
area.[67] Nashville
Nashville
has been the headquarters of guitar company Gibson since 1984. Since the 1960s, Nashville
Nashville
has been the second-largest music production center (after New York) in the United States.[68] As of 2006, Nashville's music industry is estimated to have a total economic impact of $6.4 billion per year and to contribute 19,000 jobs to the Nashville
Nashville
area.[69] In recent times Nashville
Nashville
has been described as a "southern boomtown" by numerous publications,[70][71] with it having the third fastest growing economy in the United States
United States
as of 2017.[72] It has been stated by the US Census bureau that Nashville
Nashville
"adds an average of 100 people a day to its net population increase".[73] The Nashville
Nashville
region was also stated to be the "Number One" Metro Area for Professional and Business Service Jobs in America,[74] as well as having the "hottest Housing market in America" as stated by Zillow.[75] Although Nashville
Nashville
is renowned as a music recording center and tourist destination, its largest industry is health care. Nashville
Nashville
is home to more than 300 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the world's largest private operator of hospitals.[76][77] As of 2012[update], it is estimated the health care industry contributes US$30 billion per year and 200,000 jobs to the Nashville-area economy.[78] CoreCivic, formerly known as Corrections Corporation of America and one of the largest private corrections company in the United States, was founded in Nashville
Nashville
in 1983.[79][80] Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University
was one of its investors prior to the company's initial public offering.[81] The City
City
of Nashville's pension fund includes "a $921,000 stake" in the company as of 2017.[9] The Nashville
Nashville
Scene notes that, "A drop in CoreCivic
CoreCivic
stock value, however minor, would have a direct impact on the pension fund that represents nearly 25,000 current and former Metro employees."[9] The automotive industry is also becoming increasingly important for the Middle Tennessee
Tennessee
region. Nissan
Nissan
North America moved its corporate headquarters in 2006 from Gardena, California
Gardena, California
(Los Angeles County) to Franklin, southwest of Nashville. Nissan
Nissan
also has its largest North American manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee. Largely as a result of the increased development of Nissan
Nissan
and other Japanese economic interests in the region, Japan moved its former New Orleans consulate-general to Nashville's Palmer Plaza. Bridgestone
Bridgestone
has a strong presence with their North American headquarters located in Nashville, with manufacturing plants and a distribution center in nearby counties. Other major industries in Nashville
Nashville
include insurance, finance, and publishing (especially religious publishing). The city hosts headquarters operations for several Protestant denominations, including the United Methodist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, National Baptist Convention USA, and the National Association of Free Will Baptists. Nashville
Nashville
is also known for some of their famously popular Southern confections, including Goo Goo Clusters (which have been made in Nashville
Nashville
since 1912).[82] Fortune 500
Fortune 500
companies with offices within Nashville
Nashville
include Bridgestone, Community Health Systems, Dell,[83] Dollar General, Hospital Corporation of America, Nissan
Nissan
North America, Philips,[84] Tractor Supply Company, and UBS. Of these, Community Health Systems, Dollar General, Hospital Corporation of America, and Tractor Supply Company are headquartered in the city. In 2013, the city ranked No. 5 on Forbes' list of the Best Places for Business and Careers.[85] In 2015, Forbes
Forbes
put Nashville
Nashville
as the 4th Best City
City
for White Collar Jobs.[86] In 2015, Business Facilities' 11th Annual Rankings report named Nashville
Nashville
the number one city for Economic Growth Potential.[87] Real estate is becoming a major driver for the city's economy. Based on a survey of nearly 1,500 real estate industry professionals conducted by PricewaterhouseCoopers
PricewaterhouseCoopers
and the Urban Land Institute, Nashville
Nashville
ranked 7th nationally in terms of attractiveness to real estate investors for 2016.[88] As of October 2015[update], according to city figures, there is more than $2 billion in real estate projects underway or projected to start in 2016. Due to high yields available to investors, Nashville
Nashville
has been attracting a lot of capital from out-of-state. A key factor that has been attributed to the increase in investment is the adjustment to the city's zoning code. Developers can easily include a combination of residential, office, retail and entertainment space into their projects. Additionally, the city has invested heavily into public parks. Centennial Park is undergoing extensive renovations. The change in the zoning code and the investment in public space is consistent with the millennial generation's preference for walkable urban neighborhoods.[89] Top employers[edit] According to the city's 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:[90]

# Employer # of Employees

1 Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt University
and Medical Center 24,719

2 Metropolitan Nashville-Davidson County government and public schools 18,820

3 State of Tennessee 17,219

4 U.S. federal government 12,225

5 Nissan
Nissan
North America 10,900

6 Saint Thomas Health 7,100

7 HCA 7,000

8 Community Health Systems 4,300

9 Asurion 4,175

10 Randstad U.S. 4,100

Culture[edit] Much of the city's cultural life has revolved around its large university community. Particularly significant in this respect were two groups of critics and writers who were associated with Vanderbilt University in the early 20th century: the Fugitives and the Agrarians. Popular destinations include Fort Nashborough
Fort Nashborough
and Fort Negley, the former being a reconstruction of the original settlement, the latter being a semi-restored Civil War battle fort; the Tennessee
Tennessee
State Museum; and The Parthenon, a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon
Parthenon
in Athens. The Tennessee
Tennessee
State Capitol is one of the oldest working state capitol buildings in the nation. The Hermitage, the former home of President Andrew Jackson, is one of the largest presidential homes open to the public, and is also one of the most visited.[91][92] Dining[edit] Some of the more popular types of local cuisine include hot chicken, hot fish, barbecue, and meat and three. Thanks in part to Nashville's foodie culture, the city was ranked as the 13th "snobbiest" city in America according to Travel + Leisure
Travel + Leisure
magazine.[93] Entertainment and performing arts[edit]

Ryman Auditorium, the "Mother Church of Country Music"

Nashville
Nashville
has a vibrant music and entertainment scene spanning a variety of genres. The Tennessee
Tennessee
Performing Arts Center is the major performing arts center of the city. It is the home of the Nashville Repertory Theatre, the Nashville
Nashville
Opera, the Music City
City
Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Nashville
Nashville
Ballet. In September 2006, the Schermerhorn Symphony Center opened as the home of the Nashville
Nashville
Symphony. As the city's name itself is a metonym for the country music industry, many popular tourist attractions involve country music, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Belcourt Theatre, and Ryman Auditorium. The Ryman was home to the Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
until 1974 when the show moved to the Grand Ole Opry
Grand Ole Opry
House, 9 miles (14 km) east of downtown. The Opry plays there several times a week, except for an annual winter run at the Ryman.

Bill Porter’s audio console at RCA Studio B
RCA Studio B
in Nashville. Studio B was the birth place of the Nashville
Nashville
sound.

A multitude of music clubs and honky-tonk bars can be found in downtown Nashville, particularly the area encompassing Lower Broadway, Second Avenue, and Printer's Alley, which is often referred to as "the District".[94][95] Each June, the CMA Music Festival
CMA Music Festival
(formerly known as Fan Fair) brings thousands of country fans to the city. The Tennessee
Tennessee
State Fair is also held annually in September. Nashville
Nashville
was once home of television shows such as Hee Haw
Hee Haw
and Pop! Goes the Country, as well as The Nashville Network
The Nashville Network
and later, RFD-TV. Country Music Television
Country Music Television
and Great American Country
Great American Country
currently operate from Nashville. The city was also home to the Opryland USA
Opryland USA
theme park, which operated from 1972 to 1997 before being closed by its owners (Gaylord Entertainment Company) and soon after demolished to make room for the Opry Mills
Opry Mills
mega-shopping mall. The Contemporary Christian music
Contemporary Christian music
industry is based along Nashville's Music Row, with a great influence in neighboring Williamson County. The Christian record companies include EMI Christian Music Group, Provident Label Group and Word Records. Music Row
Music Row
houses many gospel music and Contemporary Christian music companies centered around 16th and 17th Avenues South.

Kirk Whalum
Kirk Whalum
visiting the audience at a riverfront concert in 2007

Although Nashville
Nashville
was never known as a jazz town, it did have many great jazz bands, including The Nashville
Nashville
Jazz
Jazz
Machine led by Dave Converse and its current version, the Nashville
Nashville
Jazz
Jazz
Orchestra, led by Jim Williamson, as well as The Establishment, led by Billy Adair. The Francis Craig Orchestra entertained Nashvillians from 1929 to 1945 from the Oak Bar and Grille Room in the Hermitage Hotel. Craig's orchestra was also the first to broadcast over local radio station WSM-AM and enjoyed phenomenal success with a 12-year show on the NBC Radio Network. In the late 1930s, he introduced a newcomer, Dinah Shore, a local graduate of Hume Fogg High School and Vanderbilt University. Radio station WMOT-FM in nearby Murfreesboro, which formerly programmed jazz almost exclusively and still does so on the weekends, aided significantly in the recent revival of the city's jazz scene, as has the non-profit Nashville
Nashville
Jazz
Jazz
Workshop, which holds concerts and classes in a renovated building in the north Nashville
Nashville
neighborhood of Germantown. Fisk University
Fisk University
also maintains a jazz station, WFSK. Nashville
Nashville
has an active theatre scene and is home to several professional and community theatre companies. Nashville
Nashville
Children's Theatre, Nashville
Nashville
Repertory Theatre, the Nashville
Nashville
Shakespeare Festival, the Dance Theatre of Tennessee
Tennessee
and the Tennessee
Tennessee
Women's Theater Project are among the most prominent professional companies. One community theatre, Circle Players, has been in operation for over 60 years. Tourism[edit] Perhaps the biggest factor in drawing visitors to Nashville
Nashville
is its association with country music. Many visitors to Nashville
Nashville
attend live performances of the Grand Ole Opry, the world's longest-running live radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
is another major attraction relating to the popularity of country music. The Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, the Opry Mills
Opry Mills
regional shopping mall and the General Jackson showboat, are all located in what is known as Music Valley. Civil War history is important to the city's tourism industry. Sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville
Battle of Nashville
and the nearby Battle of Franklin and Battle of Stones River
Battle of Stones River
can be seen, along with several well-preserved antebellum plantation houses such as Belle Meade Plantation, Carnton plantation in Franklin, and Belmont Mansion.[96] Nashville
Nashville
has several arts centers and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Tennessee
Tennessee
State Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, Fisk University's Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries, Vanderbilt University's Fine Art Gallery and Sarratt Gallery, and the full-scale replica of the Parthenon. Major annual events[edit]

Event Month held and location

Nashville
Nashville
Film Festival A weeklong festival in April that features hundreds of independent films. It is one of the largest film festivals in the Southern United States.

Nashville
Nashville
Fashion Week A citywide event typically held in March or April, this is a celebration of Nashville's fashion and retail community featuring local, regional and national design talent in fashion events and shows.[97]

Rock 'n' Roll Nashville
Nashville
Marathon Marathon, half marathon, and 5k race held in April with runners from around the world. In 2012, participation surpassed 30,000 runners.

Iroquois Steeplechase Annual steeplechase horse racing event held in May at Percy Warner Park.

CMA Music Festival A four-day event in June featuring performances by country music stars, autograph signings, artist/fan interaction, and other activities for country music fans.

Nashville
Nashville
Pride A festival held in June at Public Square Park that fosters awareness of and for the LGBT
LGBT
community and culture in Middle Tennessee. The 2015 festival drew an estimated 15,000-20,000 people, possibly making it the event's largest gathering since the festival began.[98]

Let Freedom Sing! Held every Fourth of July at Riverfront Park, featuring a street festival and live music, and culminating in one of the largest fireworks shows in the country.[99] An estimated 280,000 people attended the 2014 celebration.[100]

Tomato Art Festival Held each August in East Nashville, this event celebrates the Tomato as a Unifier.[101]

African Street Festival Held in September on the campus of Tennessee
Tennessee
State University. It is committed to connecting and celebrating the extensions of Africa to America.[102]

Live on the Green Music Festival A free concert series held in August and September at Public Square Park by local radio station Lightning 100.

Tennessee
Tennessee
State Fair The State Fair held in September at the State Fairgrounds, which lasts nine days and includes rides, exhibits, rodeos, tractor pulls, and numerous other shows and attractions.

Celebrate Nashville
Nashville
Cultural Festival A free event held the first Saturday in October at Centennial Park, it is Middle Tennessee's largest multicultural festival and includes music and dance performances, ethnic food court, children's area, teen area, and marketplace.[citation needed]

Art Nashville
Nashville
International Art Fair An annual Art Fair in downtown Nashville. Includes galleries and dealers from around the world. Open to the public. [103]

Nashville
Nashville
Oktoberfest A free event held in the historic Germantown neighborhood since 1980 celebrating the culture and customs of Germany.[104] Oktoberfest is Nashville's oldest annual festival and is one of the largest in the South.[105] In 2015, over 143,000 people attended the three-day event which raised $60,000 for Nashville
Nashville
non-profits.[106]

Southern Festival of Books A festival held in October, featuring readings, panels, and book signings.[107]

Country Music Association Awards Award ceremony normally held in November at the Bridgestone Arena
Bridgestone Arena
and televised to a national audience.

Veterans Day Parade A parade running down Broadway on 11/11 at 11:11.11 am since 1951. Features include 101st Airborne Division
101st Airborne Division
(Air Assault), Tennessee
Tennessee
National Guard, veterans from wars past and present, military plane fly-overs, tanks, motorcycles, first responder vehicles, marching bands and thousands of spectators.[108]

Nicknames[edit] Nashville
Nashville
is a colorful, well-known city in several different arenas. As such, it has earned various sobriquets, including:

Music City, U.S.A.: WSM-AM announcer David Cobb first used this name during a 1950 broadcast and it stuck. It is now the official nickname used by the Nashville
Nashville
Convention and Visitors Bureau. Nashville
Nashville
is the home of the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and many major record labels.[109] This name also dates back to 1874, where after receiving and hearing a performance by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria
of England is reported as saying that "These young people must surely come from a musical city."[110] Athens
Athens
of the South: Home to 24 post-secondary educational institutions, Nashville
Nashville
has long been compared to Athens, the ancient city of learning and site of Plato's Academy. Since 1897, a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon
Parthenon
has stood in Nashville, and many examples of classical and neoclassical architecture can be found in the city.[111] The term was popularized by Philip Lindsley (1786–1855), President of the University of Nashville, though it is unclear whether he was the first person to use the phrase. The Protestant Vatican[112] or The Buckle of the Bible Belt:[113] Nashville
Nashville
has over 700 churches,[114] several seminaries, a number of Christian music companies, and is the headquarters for the publishing arms of the Southern Baptist Convention
Southern Baptist Convention
(LifeWay Christian Resources), the United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
(United Methodist Publishing House) and the National Baptist Convention (Sunday School Publishing Board). It is also the seat of the National Baptist Convention, the National Association of Free Will Baptists, the Gideons International, the Gospel Music Association, and Thomas Nelson, the world's largest producer of Bibles.[115] Cashville: Nashville
Nashville
native Young Buck
Young Buck
released a successful rap album called Straight Outta Cashville
Straight Outta Cashville
that has popularized the nickname among a new generation.[116] Little Kurdistan: Nashville
Nashville
has the United States' largest population of Kurdish people, estimated to be around 11,000.[62][117] Nash Vegas or Nashvegas[118]

Nashville
Nashville
has additionally earned the moniker "The Hot Chicken Capital",[119] becoming known for the local specialty cuisine hot chicken.[120][121] The Music City
City
Hot Chicken Festival is hosted annually in Nashville
Nashville
and several restaurants make this spicy version of southern fried chicken.[122] Sports[edit] Professional[edit]

Nissan
Nissan
Stadium, home of the Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans

Bridgestone
Bridgestone
Arena, home of the Nashville
Nashville
Predators

Nashville
Nashville
has several professional sports teams, of which two, the Nashville Predators
Nashville Predators
of the NHL and the Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans of the NFL, play at the highest professional level of their respective sports.

Club Sport League Venue Founded

Tennessee
Tennessee
Titans American football NFL Nissan
Nissan
Stadium 1960/1997

Nashville
Nashville
Predators Hockey NHL Bridgestone
Bridgestone
Arena 1997

Nashville
Nashville
Sounds Baseball PCL First Tennessee
Tennessee
Park 1978

Nashville
Nashville
SC Soccer USL First Tennessee
Tennessee
Park 2016

Nashville
Nashville
MLS team[123] Soccer MLS Nashville
Nashville
Fairgrounds Stadium 2019

Nashville
Nashville
hosts the second oldest continually operating race track in the United States,[124] the Nashville
Nashville
Fairgrounds Speedway. It hosted NASCAR Winston Cup
NASCAR Winston Cup
races from 1958 to 1984, and NASCAR Busch Series and NASCAR Truck Series
NASCAR Truck Series
in the 1980s and 1990s, and later the NASCAR Whelen All-American Series and ARCA Racing Series. Nashville
Nashville
hosted a team called the Nashville
Nashville
Rebels which participated in the 1938 American Football League, and two Arena Football League teams named the Nashville
Nashville
Kats: one that ran from 1997 to 2001 until they were sold to Atlanta
Atlanta
and renamed as the Georgia Force; and another expansion franchise that competed from 2005 to 2007. The Nashville Invitational was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour
PGA Tour
from 1944 to 1946. The Sara Lee Classic was part of the L PGA Tour
PGA Tour
from 1988 to 2002. The Music City Championship at Gaylord Opryland of the Champions Tour was held 1994 to 2003. The Nashville Golf Open is part of the Web.com Tour since 2016. The 1961 Women's Western Open and 1980 U.S. Women's Open Golf Championship were also held at Nashville. In December 2017, Nashville
Nashville
was awarded a Major League Soccer expansion team.[123] College and amateur[edit] Nashville
Nashville
is also home to four Division I athletic programs. Nashville is also home to the NCAA college football Music City
City
Bowl.

2004 Vanderbilt-Navy Game

Program Division Conference

Vanderbilt Commodores Division I (FBS) Southeastern Conference

Tennessee
Tennessee
State Tigers Division I (FCS) Ohio
Ohio
Valley Conference

Belmont Bruins Division I (non-football) Ohio
Ohio
Valley Conference

Lipscomb Bisons Division I (non-football) Atlantic Sun Conference

The Nashville Rollergirls
Nashville Rollergirls
are Nashville's only women's flat track roller derby team. Established in 2006, Nashville Rollergirls
Nashville Rollergirls
compete on a regional and national level. They play their home games at the Nashville
Nashville
Fairgrounds Sports Arena. In 2014, they hosted the WFTDA Championships at Municipal Auditorium. The Nashville Kangaroos are an Australian Rules Football team that compete in the United States
United States
Australian Football League. The Kangaroos play their home games at Elmington Park. The team is the reigning USAFL Central Region Champions. Three Little League Baseball
Little League Baseball
teams from Nashville
Nashville
(one in 1970; one in 2013; and, one in 2014) have qualified for the Little League World Series. A team from neighboring Goodlettsville
Goodlettsville
qualified for the 2012 series, giving the metropolitan area teams in three consecutive years to so qualify. Parks and gardens[edit]

The Parthenon
Parthenon
in Nashville's Centennial Park is a full-scale reconstruction of the original Greek Parthenon.

Metro Board of Parks and Recreation owns and manages 10,200 acres (4,100 ha) of land and 99 parks and greenways (comprising more than 3% of the total area of the county). Warner Parks, situated on 2,684 acres (1,086 ha) of land, consists of a 5,000-square-foot (460 m2) learning center, 20 miles (32 km) of scenic roads, 12 miles (19 km) of hiking trails, and 10 miles (16 km) of horse trails. It is also the home of the annual Iroquois Steeplechase. The United States Army Corps of Engineers
United States Army Corps of Engineers
maintains parks on Old Hickory Lake and Percy Priest
Percy Priest
Lake. These parks are used for activities such as fishing, water skiing, sailing and boating. The Harbor Island Yacht Club makes its headquarters on Old Hickory Lake, and Percy Priest Lake
Percy Priest Lake
is home to the Vanderbilt Sailing Club and Nashville
Nashville
Shores. Other parks in Nashville
Nashville
include Centennial Park, Shelby Park, Cumberland Park, and Radnor Lake State Natural Area. On August 27, 2013, Nashville
Nashville
mayor Karl Dean revealed plans for two new riverfront parks on the east and west banks of the Cumberland River downtown. Construction on the east bank park began in the fall of 2013, and the projected completion date for the west bank park is 2015. Among many exciting benefits of this Cumberland River re-development project is the construction of a highly anticipated outdoor amphitheater. Located on the west bank, this music venue will be surrounded by a new 12-acre (4.9 ha) park and will replace the previous thermal plant site. It will include room for 6,500 spectators with 2,500 removable seats and additional seating on an overlooking grassy knoll. In addition, the 4.5-acre (1.8 ha) east bank park will include a river landing, providing people access to the river. In regard to the parks' benefits for Nashvillian civilians, Mayor Dean remarked that "if done right, the thermal site can be an iconic park that generations of Nashvillians will be proud of and which they can enjoy".[125] Law and government[edit] See also: List of mayors of Nashville, Tennessee
Tennessee
and Metropolitan Council of Nashville
Nashville
and Davidson County

The State Capitol in Nashville

The city of Nashville
Nashville
and Davidson County merged in 1963 as a way for Nashville
Nashville
to combat the problems of urban sprawl. The combined entity is officially known as "the Metropolitan Government of Nashville
Nashville
and Davidson County", and is popularly known as "Metro Nashville" or simply "Metro". It offers services such as police, fire, electricity, water and sewage treatment. When the Metro government was formed in 1963, the government was split into two service districts—the "urban services district" and the "general services district." The urban services district encompasses the 1963 boundaries of the former City of Nashville, approximately 72 square miles (190 km2),[126] and the general services district includes the remainder of Davidson County. There are six smaller municipalities within the consolidated city-county: Belle Meade, Berry Hill, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Goodlettsville
Goodlettsville
(partially), and Ridgetop (partially). These municipalities use a two-tier system of government, with the smaller municipality typically providing police services and the Metro Nashville
Nashville
government providing most other services. Previously, the city of Lakewood also had a separate charter. However, Lakewood residents voted in 2010 and 2011 to dissolve its city charter and join the metropolitan government, with both votes passing.[127] Nashville
Nashville
is governed by a mayor, vice-mayor, and 40-member Metropolitan Council. It uses the strong-mayor form of the mayor–council system.[128] The current mayor of Nashville
Nashville
is David Briley.[1] The Metropolitan Council is the legislative body of government for Nashville
Nashville
and Davidson County. There are five council members who are elected at large and 35 council members that represent individual districts. The Metro Council has regular meetings that are presided over by the vice-mayor, who is currently Sheri Weiner. The Metro Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 pm, according to the Metropolitan Charter. Nashville
Nashville
is home to the Tennessee
Tennessee
Supreme Court's courthouse for Middle Tennessee
Tennessee
and the Estes Kefauver Federal Building and United States Courthouse, home of the United States
United States
District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Politics[edit] Nashville
Nashville
has been a Democratic stronghold since at least the end of Reconstruction, and has remained staunchly Democratic even as the state as a whole has trended strongly Republican. Pockets of Republican influence exist in the wealthier portions of the city, but they are usually no match for the overwhelming Democratic trend in the rest of the city. The issue of school busing roiled politics for years but subsided after the 1990s.[129] While local elections are officially nonpartisan, nearly all of the city's elected officials are publicly known as Democrats. The city is split between 10 state house districts, all but one of which are held by Democrats (Republican Speaker of the House Beth Harwell
Beth Harwell
holds the only Republican house seat). Three state senate districts and part of a fourth are within the county; two are held by Democrats and two by Republicans.[130] In the state legislature, Nashville
Nashville
politicians serve as leaders of both the Senate and House Democratic Caucuses. Representative Mike Stewart serves as Chairman of the House Caucus. Senator Jeff Yarbro serves as Chairman of the Senate Caucus. Democrats are no less dominant at the federal level. Democratic presidential candidates have only failed to carry Davidson County five times since reconstruction; in 1928, 1968, 1972, 1984 and 1988.[131] In most years, Democrats have carried Nashville
Nashville
at the presidential level with relatively little difficulty, even in years when they lose Tennessee
Tennessee
as a whole. This has been especially true in recent elections. In the 2000 presidential election, Tennessean Democrat Al Gore carried Nashville
Nashville
with over 59% of the vote even as he narrowly lost his home state. In the 2004 election, Democrat John Kerry
John Kerry
carried Nashville
Nashville
with 55% of the vote even as George W. Bush
George W. Bush
won the state by 14 points. In 2008, Barack Obama
Barack Obama
carried Nashville
Nashville
with 60% of the vote even as Republican John McCain
John McCain
won Tennessee
Tennessee
by 15 points. Despite its large size, Nashville
Nashville
has been in a single congressional district for most of the time since Reconstruction; it is currently the 5th District, represented by Democrat Jim Cooper. A Republican has not represented a significant portion of Nashville
Nashville
since 1874. Republicans made a few spirited challenges in the mid-1960s and early 1970s. The Republicans almost won it in 1968; only a strong showing by a candidate from Wallace's American Independent Party
American Independent Party
kept the seat in Democratic hands. However, they have not made a serious bid for the district since 1972, when the Republican candidate gained only 38% of the vote even as Nixon carried the district in the presidential election by a large margin. The district's best-known congressman was probably Jo Byrns, who represented the district from 1909 to 1936 and was Speaker of the House for much of Franklin Roosevelt's first term as President. Another nationally prominent congressman from Nashville was Percy Priest, who represented the district from 1941 to 1956 and was House Majority Whip from 1949 to 1953. Former mayors Richard Fulton and Bill Boner
Bill Boner
also sat in the U.S. House before assuming the Metro mayoral office. From 2003 to 2013, a sliver of southwestern Nashville
Nashville
was located in the 7th District, represented by Republican Marsha Blackburn. This area was roughly coextensive with the portion of Nashville
Nashville
she'd represented in the state senate from 1998 to 2002. However, the 5th regained all of Nashville
Nashville
after the 2010 census. Education[edit] Public schools[edit] The city is served by Metropolitan Nashville
Nashville
Public Schools. Private schools[edit]

Christ Presbyterian Academy Davidson Academy Donelson Christian Academy Ensworth School Father Ryan High School Franklin Road Academy Goodpasture Christian School Harding Academy Harpeth Hall School Lipscomb Academy Madison Academy Montgomery Bell Academy Nashville
Nashville
Christian School Pope John Paul II High School St. Cecilia Academy St. Paul Christian Academy University School of Nashville

Colleges and universities[edit]

Wyatt Center, Vanderbilt University

Campus Center, Tennessee
Tennessee
State University

Nashville
Nashville
is often labeled the " Athens
Athens
of the South" due to the many colleges and universities in the city and the metropolitan area.[111] The colleges and universities in Nashville
Nashville
include:

Name Affiliation Enrollment

American Baptist College

Aquinas College Roman Catholic

Belmont University

6,647

Daymar College

Fisk University United Church of Christ (HBCU) 800

John A. Gupton College

Lipscomb University Churches of Christ 4,278

Meharry Medical College United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church
(HBCU) 700

Nashville
Nashville
School of Law

Nashville
Nashville
Auto Diesel College (a NAFTC Training Center)

Nashville
Nashville
State Community College

9,853

Tennessee
Tennessee
State University HBCU 10,389

Trevecca Nazarene University Nazarene 3,221[132]

Vanderbilt University

12,567

Watkins College of Art, Design & Film

400

Welch College Free Will Baptists 338

Within 30 miles (48 km) of Nashville
Nashville
in Murfreesboro is Middle Tennessee
Tennessee
State University (MTSU), a full-sized public university with Tennessee's second largest undergraduate population. Enrollment in post-secondary education in Nashville
Nashville
is around 43,000. Within the Nashville
Nashville
Metropolitan Statistical Area—which includes MTSU, Cumberland University
Cumberland University
(Lebanon), Volunteer State Community College (Gallatin), Daymar College, and O'More College of Design (Franklin)—total enrollment exceeds 74,000. Within a 40 miles (64 km) radius are Austin Peay State University
Austin Peay State University
(Clarksville) and Columbia State Community College (Columbia), enrolling an additional 13,600. Nashville
Nashville
is home to four historically black institutions of higher education: Fisk University, Tennessee
Tennessee
State University, Meharry Medical College, and American Baptist College.[133] Media[edit] Main article: Media in Nashville, Tennessee

Offices for The Tennessean

The daily newspaper in Nashville
Nashville
is The Tennessean, which until 1998 competed with the Nashville
Nashville
Banner, another daily paper that was housed in the same building under a joint-operating agreement. The Tennessean is the city's most widely circulated newspaper. Online news service NashvillePost.com competes with the printed dailies to break local and state news. Several weekly papers are also published in Nashville, including The Nashville
Nashville
Pride, Nashville
Nashville
Business Journal, Nashville Scene
Nashville Scene
and The Tennessee
Tennessee
Tribune. Historically, The Tennessean was associated with a broadly liberal editorial policy, while The Banner carried staunchly conservative views in its editorial pages; The Banner's heritage had been carried on, to an extent, by The City
City
Paper which folded in August 2013 after having been founded in October 2000. The Nashville Scene
Nashville Scene
is the area's alternative weekly broadsheet. The Nashville Pride
Nashville Pride
is aimed towards community development and serves Nashville's entrepreneurial population. Nashville
Nashville
Post is an online news source covering business, politics and sports. Nashville
Nashville
is home to eleven broadcast television stations, although most households are served by direct cable network connections. Comcast
Comcast
Cable has a monopoly on terrestrial cable service in Davidson County (but not throughout the entire media market). Nashville
Nashville
is ranked as the 29th largest television market in the United States.[134] Major stations include WKRN-TV
WKRN-TV
2 (ABC), WSMV-TV 4 (NBC), WTVF
WTVF
5 (CBS), WNPT 8 (PBS), WZTV
WZTV
17 (Fox), WNPX-TV 28 (ion), WPGD-TV 50 (TBN), WLLC-LP
WLLC-LP
42 (Univision), WUXP-TV
WUXP-TV
30 (MyNetworkTV), and WNAB 58 (CW).[135] Nashville
Nashville
is also home to cable networks Country Music Television (CMT), among others. CMT's master control facilities are located in New York City
City
with the other Viacom
Viacom
properties. The Top 20 Countdown and CMT Insider are taped in their Nashville
Nashville
studios. Shop at Home Network was once based in Nashville, but the channel signed off in 2008. Several dozen FM and AM radio stations broadcast in the Nashville area, including five college stations and one LPFM community radio station. Nashville
Nashville
is ranked as the 44th largest radio market in the United States. WSM-FM
WSM-FM
is owned by Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media
and is 95.5 FM. WSM-AM, owned by Gaylord Entertainment Company, can be heard nationally on 650 AM or online at WSM Online from its studios located inside the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center. WSM is famous for carrying live broadcasts of the Grand Ole Opry, through which it helped spread the popularity of country music in America, and continues to broadcast country music throughout its broadcast day. WLAC, whose over-the-air signal is heard at 1510 AM, is a iHeartMedia-owned talk station which was originally sponsored by the Life and Casualty Insurance Company of Tennessee, and its competitor WWTN is owned by Cumulus. Several major motion pictures have been filmed in Nashville, including The Green Mile, The Last Castle, Gummo, The Thing Called Love, Two Weeks, Coal Miner's Daughter, Nashville,[136] and Country Strong, as well as the ABC television series Nashville. Transportation[edit]

A Music City Star
Music City Star
commuter train beneath the Shelby Street Bridge

Interior of an airport terminal

Road[edit] Nashville
Nashville
is centrally located at the crossroads of three Interstate Highways: I-40, I-24, and I-65. Interstate 440 is a bypass route connecting I-40, I-65, and I-24 south of downtown Nashville. Briley Parkway connects the north side of the city and its interstates. Interstate 840 provides a southern Bypass for the city, and a Bypass for I-40 for the city and its suburbs. A number of arterial surface roads called "pikes" radiate from the city center; many carry the names of nearby towns to which they lead. Among these are Clarksville Pike, Gallatin Pike, Lebanon Pike, Murfreesboro Pike, Nolensville Pike, and Franklin Pike. Bus[edit] The Metropolitan Transit Authority provides bus transit within the city, out of a newly built hub station downtown. Routes utilize a hub and spoke method. Expansion plans include use of Bus rapid transit
Bus rapid transit
for new routes, with the possibility for local rail service at some point in the future. Nashville
Nashville
is considered a gateway city for rail and air traffic for the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion.[137] Air[edit] The city is served by Nashville International Airport
Nashville International Airport
(BNA), and is a focus city for Southwest Airlines
Southwest Airlines
and was a hub for American Airlines between 1986 and 1995. During 2016, Nashville
Nashville
International was the 33th busiest passenger airport in the U.S. with a total of 6,338,517 passenger boardings.[138] In late 2014, BNA became the first major U.S. airport to authorize ridesharing services with dedicated pick-up and drop-off areas.[139] Rail[edit] Amtrak[edit] Although a major freight hub for CSX Transportation, Nashville
Nashville
is not currently served by Amtrak, the second-largest metropolitan area in the U.S. to have this distinction.[140] Amtrak's Floridian (Chicago to Miami and St. Petersburg, Florida
Florida
via Louisville and Nashville) served Nashville
Nashville
until its cancellation on October 9, 1979 due to poor track conditions resulting in late trains and low ridership. While there have been no proposals to restore Amtrak
Amtrak
service to Nashville, there have been repeated calls from residents.[141] However, Tennessee
Tennessee
state officials have advised it will not be happening anytime soon due to scarce federal funding. "It would be wonderful to say I can be in Memphis and jump on a train to Nashville, but the volume of people who would do that isn't anywhere close to what the cost would be to provide the service", said Ed Cole, chief of environment and planning with the Tennessee
Tennessee
Department of Transportation.[141] Ross Capon, executive director of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, said rail trips would catch on if routes were expanded, but conceded that it would be nearly impossible to resume Amtrak
Amtrak
service to Nashville
Nashville
without a substantial investment from the state because federal money has dried up.[141] Commuter[edit] Nashville
Nashville
launched a passenger commuter rail system called the Music City
City
Star on September 18, 2006. The only currently operational leg of the system connects the city of Lebanon to downtown Nashville
Nashville
at the Nashville
Nashville
Riverfront station. Legs to Clarksville, Murfreesboro and Gallatin are currently in the feasibility study stage. The system plan includes seven legs connecting Nashville
Nashville
to surrounding suburbs. Bridges[edit] Bridges within the city include:

Official name Other names Length Date opened

Korean War Veterans Memorial Bridge Gateway Bridge 1,660 feet (510 m) May 19, 2004

Kelly Miller Smith Bridge Jefferson Street Bridge

March 2, 1994

Old Hickory Bridge

1929

Martin Luther King Jr. Bridge Bordeaux Bridge

September 18, 1980

John Seigenthaler Pedestrian Bridge Shelby Street Bridge 3,150 feet (960 m) July 5, 1909

Silliman Evans Bridge

2,362 feet (720 m) 1963

Victory Memorial Bridge

July 2, 1956

William Goodwin Bridge Hobson Pike Bridge 2,215 feet (675 m)

Woodland Street Bridge

639 feet (195 m)

Sister cities[edit] Nashville
Nashville
is an active participant in the sister cities program and has relationships with the following towns and cities:[142]

Belfast, Northern Ireland (United Kingdom) Caen
Caen
(France)[143] Edmonton, Alberta (Canada) Kamakura
Kamakura
(Japan) Magdeburg
Magdeburg
(Germany)[144] Mendoza (Argentina) Taiyuan, Shanxi
Shanxi
(China) Tamworth, New South Wales
Tamworth, New South Wales
(Australia)

Candidates[145]

Gwangjin-gu
Gwangjin-gu
(South Korea)

International Friendship City[146]

Crouy
Crouy
(France)

Municipality United in Friendship[146]

El Port de la Selva
El Port de la Selva
(Spain)

See also[edit]

List of people from Nashville, Tennessee National Register of Historic Places listings in Davidson County, Tennessee

Geography portal North America portal United States
United States
portal Tennessee
Tennessee
portal

Notes[edit]

^ Consolidated refers to the population of Davidson County; Balance refers to the population of Nashville
Nashville
excluding other incorporated cities within the Nashville-Davidson boundary. ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010. ^ Official records for Nashville
Nashville
were kept at downtown from May 1871 to December 1939, and at Nashville
Nashville
Int'l since January 1940. For more information, see Threadex

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Further reading[edit]

Barnes, Melville Marshall (1974) [1st pub. Foster & Webb, 1902]. Biographical Sketches and Pictures of Company B, Confederate Veterans of Nashville, Tenn. Illustrated by Giers' Art Gallery. Brentwood, Tennessee: Beverly Pearson Barnes.  Carey, Bill (2000). Fortunes, Fiddles, & Fried Chicken: A Nashville
Nashville
Business History. Franklin, Tennessee: Hillsboro Press. ISBN 1-57736-178-4.  Duke, Jan (2005). Historic Photos of Nashville. Nashville, Tennessee: Turner. ISBN 978-1-59652-184-1.  Durham, Walter T (2008). Nashville: The Occupied City, 1862–1863. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee
Tennessee
Press. ISBN 1-57233-633-1.  Durham, Walter T (2008). Reluctant Partners: Nashville
Nashville
and the Union, 1863–1865. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee
Tennessee
Press. ISBN 1-57233-634-X.  Egerton, John; et al., eds. (1979). Nashville: The Faces of Two Centuries, 1780–1980. Nashville, Tennessee: PlusMedia. LCCN 79089173. OCLC 5875892.  Egerton, John; et al., eds. (2001). Nashville: An American Self-Portrait. Nashville, Tennessee: Beaten Biscuit. ISBN 0-9706702-1-4.  Haugen, Ashley D (2009). Historic Photos of Nashville
Nashville
in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Nashville, Tennessee: Turner. ISBN 978-1-59652-539-9.  Houston, Benjamin (2012). The Nashville
Nashville
Way: Racial Etiquette and the Struggle for Social Justice in a Southern City. Athens: University of Georgia Press. ISBN 978-0820343273.  Lovett, Bobby L (1999). African-American History of Nashville, Tennessee, 1780–1930: Elites and Dilemmas. University of Arkansas Press. ISBN 1-55728-555-1.  McGuire, Jim (2007). Historic Photos of the Opry: Ryman Auditorium, 1974. Nashville, Tennessee: Turner. ISBN 978-1-59652-373-9.  Potter, Susanna H (2008). Nashville
Nashville
& Memphis. Moon Handbooks. Berkeley, California: Avalon Travel. ISBN 978-1-59880-102-6.  Romine, Linda (2006). Nashville
Nashville
& Memphis. Frommer Guides (7th ed.). Hoboken, New Jersey: Frommer's. ISBN 0-471-77614-9.  Winders, Jamie (2013). Nashville
Nashville
in the New Millennium: Immigrant Settlement, Urban Transformation, and Social Belonging. New York: Russell Sage Foundation. ISBN 978-1-61044-802-4.  Wooldridge, John; et al., eds. (1890). History of Nashville, Tennessee. Nashville, Tennessee: Methodist Episcopal Church, South. LCCN 76027605. OCLC 316211313.  Zepp, George R (2009). Hidden History of Nashville. Charleston, South Carolina: History Press. ISBN 978-1-59629-792-0. 

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Principal City

Nashville

Other Major Cities

Murfreesboro Franklin Hendersonville Lebanon

Counties

Davidson County Rutherford County Robertson County Sumner County Wilson County Maury County Cannon County Cheatham County Dickson County Hickman County Macon County Smith County Trousdale County Williamson County

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 State of Tennessee

Nashville
Nashville
(capital)

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Tennessee
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Seal of Tennessee

Grand Divisions

East Tennessee Middle Tennessee West Tennessee

Regions

Blue Ridge Mountains Cumberland Mountains Cumberland Plateau Highland Rim Mississippi
Mississippi
Plain Nashville
Nashville
Basin Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians Tennessee
Tennessee
Valley Tri-Cities

Largest cities

Bartlett Bristol Chattanooga Clarksville Cleveland Franklin Hendersonville Jackson Johnson City Kingsport Knoxville Memphis Murfreesboro Nashville

Counties

Anderson Bedford Benton Bledsoe Blount Bradley Campbell Cannon Carroll Carter Cheatham Chester Claiborne Clay Cocke Coffee Crockett Cumberland Davidson Decatur DeKalb Dickson Dyer Fayette Fentress Franklin Gibson Giles Grainger Greene Grundy Hamblen Hamilton Hancock Hardeman Hardin Hawkins Haywood Henderson Henry Hickman Houston Humphreys Jackson Jefferson Johnson Knox Lake Lauderdale Lawrence Lewis Lincoln Loudon Macon Madison Marion Marshall Maury McMinn McNairy Meigs Monroe Montgomery Moore Morgan Obion Overton Perry Pickett Polk Putnam Rhea Roane Robertson Rutherford Scott Sequatchie Sevier Shelby Smith Stewart Sullivan Sumner Tipton Trousdale Unicoi Union Van Buren Warren Washington Wayne Weakley White Williamson Wilson

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Capitals of the United States
United States
by jurisdiction

Nation:

US Washington

States:

AL Montgomery AK Juneau AZ Phoenix AR Little Rock CA Sacramento CO Denver CT Hartford DE Dover FL Tallahassee GA Atlanta HI Honolulu ID Boise IL Springfield IN Indianapolis IA Des Moines KS Topeka KY Frankfort LA Baton Rouge ME Augusta MD Annapolis MA Boston MI Lansing MN Saint Paul MS Jackson MO Jefferson City MT Helena NE Lincoln NV Carson City NH Concord NJ Trenton NM Santa Fe NY Albany NC Raleigh ND Bismarck OH Columbus OK Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City OR Salem PA Harrisburg RI Providence SC Columbia SD Pierre TN Nashville TX Austin UT Salt Lake City VT Montpelier VA Richmond WA Olympia WV Charleston WI Madison WY Cheyenne

Territories:

AS Pago Pago GU Hagåtña MP Saipan PR San Juan VI Charlotte Amalie

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Mayors of cities with populations exceeding 100,000 in Tennessee

Jim Strickland (D) (Memphis) David Briley
David Briley
(D) (Nashville) Madeline Rogero
Madeline Rogero
(D) (Knoxville) Andy Berke
Andy Berke
(D) (Chattanooga) Kim McMillan (D) (Clarksville) Shane McFarland (R) (Murfreesboro)

Authority control

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