Recent Rankings

Nashville Ranks in #1 U.S. City for an Affordable Wedding

Nashville, Tennessee tops SmartAsset's rankings for the third consecutive study in a row. Nashville has the highest number of religious organizations in our study, at almost 83 organizations for every 100,000 residents. Music City also has the 10th-highest amount of parkland – at 49.63 acres per 1,000 residents – and the eighth-highest number of catering businesses per 100,000 residents – at 6.93. The average cost of a wedding in Nashville is $23,038, the 20th-lowest rate for this metric across all 95 cities in the study.


Nashville named "A Great American City for Creatives"

Thrillist released it's top cities for creatives after reviewing city's full livability spectrum, including artist communities, nature, food, beer, and music scene. Nashville was named as a top city for its creative culture, thriving tech sector, happening food scene, and outdoor amenities. 


Nashville Ranked Top U.S. City for Job Seekers in 2020

MoneyGeek compared over 50 cities with labor forces of at least 500,000 and analyzed five key economic factors for each one, including wage and job growth, unemployment rate, the size of the labor force, and housing affordability to rank the top cities in the U.S. for job seekers. Nashville was named the #1 city for job seekers, followed by #2 Seattle, #3 Birmingham, #4 Denver, and #5 Salt Lake City. 


Nashville Named #2 Hottest U.S. Job Markets

Nashville was named the #2 hottest job markets in the U.S. by The Wall Street Journal. Nashville has experienced unprecedented growth over the past five years, especially in the tech sector. With Amazon's announcement of 5,000 jobs and an unemployment rate of 2.4%, Nashville's job market is one of the best in the country.

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Nashville Named #4 Best City to Spend a Weekend

Thrillist named Nashville as the #4 best place to spend a three day weekend. While many people may have their own opinions on what makes a great city to spend a long weekend, Thrillist based the rankings on the following: a unique sense of place, great food and drink, distinct walkable neighborhoods, bang for your buck, and a friendly environment.  


Nashville named #1 metro with the most change in the 2010s ranked the nation's 50 largest metropolitan areas to find which metros have experienced the most change over the course of the 2010s. The Nashville metro ranked #1 based on change metrics in population growth, workforce with college degrees, and household income.

Nashville Named #11 on List of Best Cities to Start a Business in 2020

For the 2020 Surge Cities index, Inc. and innovation policy company policy company Startup Genome analyzed troves of data on seven essential indicators--such as early-stage funding and job creation--to determine the 50 best areas for startup growth. Nashville was named #11 on Inc.'s Surge Cities list of Best U.S. Cities to Start a Business in 2020. 


Nashville Named #2 Best Place for New Businesses

Nashville was named the second best place in the U.S. to start a new business according to SmartAdvisor research. Nashville sees only 1% of businesses close due to finances, tied for the third-lowest rate in SmartAdvisor's study. The city also has the second-highest percentage of all businesses receiving a business loan from a bank or financial institution - at approximately 20% - and the third highest percentage of businesses receiving at least $100,000 from a bank or financial institution, at a little more than 17%. 


America's Biggest Boomtowns, Nashville Named #5

Personal finance site MagnifyMoney identified "America's biggest boomtowns" by analyzing how the largest 100 metro areas in the country changed over a five-year period (between 2011 and 2016) across three categories: population and housing; workforce and earnings; and business growth. Nashville was named #5 on the list, with workforce growth and business growth ranking highest of the three categories. 


Nashville #7 Large Metro Gaining the Most Young Professionals

During the past decade, talent has become the most important driver of economic vibrancy. Having a growing pool of talent is especially important in an era when labor is scarce and more difficult to attract. Nashville was ranked as the #7 large metro gaining the most young professionals (ages 25-34) based on 2018 U.S. Census Bureau data. Nashville was previously ranked #37 in 2017.


Clarksville Named #1 Best City to Live in 2019

Clarksville, TN was named the #1 Best Place to Live in 2019 by MONEY magazine. Clarksville was recognized for its affordability, attractiveness for millennials, and presence of military members given its close proximity to Fort Campbell. Four other Tennessee cities made the Top 100 list including Bellevue coming in at #31, Cordova coming in at #61 and Johnson City at #80. 


Nashville Named Among Top 25 Best State Capitals to Live In

SmartAsset ranked cities cities based on median income after housing costs, unemployment rate, dining and entertainment rate, violent crime rate and property crime rate. Nashville was ranked #17, being one of only four Southern cities to make the Top 25 list. 


Nashville Named #3 Best City for Young Professionals

SmartAsset ranked cities based on nine metrics that encompassed both economic and livability factors relevant to young professionals including cost of living, entertainment, job diversity and income, along with the unemployment rate for those between 25 and 34. Nashville was previously ranked #20 in the 2018 study, but climbed to the top of the rankings due to a $16,000 increase in median earnings from 2016-2017. 


Nashville #1 in Metropolitan Economic Strength Rankings

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) have at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by the location of the commuting workforce. 


Nashville best place to live in Tennessee, 15th best in the US

Each year, U.S. News & World Report analyzes data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor and their own internal resources to determine the best places to live in the United States. The ranking metrics include the job market, affordability, quality of life, desirability and net migration of 125 metro areas. In 2019, Nashville was named number 15 on the list of best places to live in the U.S. (and the 7th best place to retire).

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INC names Nashville #4 Best Place to Start a Business in America

"An abundance of hospital chains in the country music mecca has made it famous for something else: a new wave of health startups." Nashville earned the number 4 spot based on the rate of entrepreneurship, high-growth company density, population growth, net business creation and wage growth in the Nashville Metro area.

INC. - The 50 Best Places in America to Start a Business

Tennessee ranked #1 in South Central United States for regional workforce development

Tennessee ranked number one for our region based on the following criteria: (1) CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2018 Workforce and Education sub-ranking; (2) Forbes’ Best States for Business 2018 Labor Supply sub-ranking; (3) U.S. News’ 2018 Best States for Education rankings; (4) ACT National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) Rankings; and (5) average number of workforce development enactments passed in state legislatures (most recent data).

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Nashville #1 fastest-growing large metro of 2017

Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illuminates which large metros have the fastest growing economies. Growth is measured by the percentage change in employment between the annual average of 2016 and 2017. Among large metros, the highest growth is found in Nashville (3.5%).

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Top 20 Happiest Cities to Work in Right Now

This ranking, based on work-life balance, employee relationships, work environment, average compensation, opportunities for career advancement, company culture and resources, places Nashville in the top 20 happiest cities to work in.


Nashville Third-Best Big City for Jobs in U.S.

Forbes' ranking places Nashville third on the list of best big cities for jobs in the United States, based on the region's number of jobs and job growth rate for 2017.


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