Moving to Nashville, TN

Thinking about moving to Nashville?

You’ll be in good company. Between 2010 and 2016, more than 59,166 people have moved to Nashville, an increase of 9.8%. New residents are attracted to Nashville’s robust economy, hip culture, legendary nightlife, country music chops, and vibrant identity. Nashville is quite simply one of America’s coolest cities.

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Living

Nashville is home to 660,388 Nashvillians. With an area of 475.1 square miles, Nashville has a population density of 1,390 persons per square mile, which makes it less dense than many other cities of comparable size.

The Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area boasts a population of 1,865,298 people, of which Nashville proper’s population makes up 35%.

Housing

One of the drawbacks of all of Nashville’s growth and livability are its relatively high housing prices. The median home value in Nashville is $231,400, 15% above the US median value, according to Zillow. The median price per square foot in Nashville is $140. Over the past 5 years, home values in Nashville have increased by 10%.

Renters in Nashville will also have a hard time finding affordable housing. The median rent in Nashville is $1,548 per month, which is 8% higher than the US median. Over the past year, rental rates in Nashville have increased by 2.3%.

Economy

The Nashville economy is on fire. The Nashville metro area’s GDP grew by 34% between 2010 and 2015, from $85 billion in 2010 to $114 billion in 2015, a total increase of $29 billion. The metro area has a per capita GDP of $60,945. According to the US Census Bureau, the median household income in Nashville, TN is $54,047, 13% higher than the national median. Nashville’s unemployment rate is 3.3%.

Nashville, TN Arts and Entertainment

Prince's Hot Chicken Shack

123 Ewing Dr #3 Nashville, TN 37207

Mitchell Deli

1306 McGavock Pike Nashville, TN 37216

Two Ten Jack

1900 Eastland Ave #105 Nashville, TN 37206

Butcher & Bee

902 Main Street Nashville, TN, 37207

City House

1222 4th Ave N Nashville, TN 37208

Rolf & Daughters

700 Taylor St Nashville, TN 37208

Martin's Bar-B-Que

410 4th Ave S Nashville, TN 37201

Husk

37 Rutledge St. Nashville, TN 37210

Hattie B's Hot Chicken

112 19th Ave S Nashville, TN 37203

Josephine

2316 12th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37204

Restaurants
Prince's Hot Chicken Shack
Mitchell Deli
Two Ten Jack
Butcher & Bee
City House
Rolf & Daughters
Martin's Bar-B-Que
Husk
Hattie B's Hot Chicken
Josephine

Bar No. 308

407 Gallatin Ave Nashville, TN 37206

Urban Cowboy Public House

103 N 16th St Nashville, TN 37206

Attaboy

8 McFerrin Ave Nashville, TN 37206

Henrietta Red

1200 4th Ave N Nashville, TN 37208

The Green Hour

1201 5th Ave N Nashville, TN 37208

The Patterson House

1711 Division St Nashville, TN 37203

Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge

422 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203

UP, a rooftop lounge

901 Division St Nashville, TN 37203

Nightlife
Bar No. 308
Urban Cowboy Public House
Attaboy
Henrietta Red
The Green Hour
The Patterson House
Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge
UP, a rooftop lounge

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

222 5th Ave S Nashville, TN 37203

Johnny Cash Museum and Bongo Java Cafe

Tennessee State Museum

505 Deaderick St Nashville, TN 37243

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

919 Broadway Nashville, TN 37203

Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum

401 Gay St Fl 1 Nashville, TN 37219

The Parthenon

2500 West End Ave Centennial Park Nashville, TN 37203

Nashville Zoo At Grassmere

3777 Nolensville Pike Nashville, TN 37211

Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

1200 Forrest Park Dr Nashville, TN 37205

Museums
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Johnny Cash Museum and Bongo Java Cafe
Tennessee State Museum
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum
The Parthenon
Nashville Zoo At Grassmere
Cheekwood Estate and Gardens

Weather

If hot weather isn’t your thing, you might want to think twice before moving to Nashville. Nashville winters are cold, with an average temperature of 44 degrees. Summers in Nashville are hot, with an average temperature of 77 degrees. The average temperature in Spring is 68 degrees and the average temperature in Fall is 51 degrees.

If you’re moving to Nashville, you better bring your umbrella! Nashville sees an average 119 rainy days per year, and had an average annual rainfall of 47.3 inches. Nashville is relatively humid, with an average annual relative humidity of 70. And don’t sweat it if you forget to pack your sunglasses. Nashville only gets an average of 2,510 sunny hours per year and 102 sunny days, fewer than much of the rest of the country.

Crime

Nashville does have some problems with violent crime, with a violent crime rate of 1,101 incidents per 100,000 persons according to the FBI, a higher rate than average. Property crime rates in Nashville are relatively high, with a rate of 3,806 incidents per 100,000 persons, a higher rate than average.

Traffic

Ask anyone who lives in Nashville what the city’s biggest problems are and traffic will almost certainly be one of them. According to a survey conducted by INRIX, the average commuter in Nashville spends 33.6 hours in traffic each year, with about 11% of their time commuting in a traffic jam, a higher portion than average among US cities.

Cost of Living

Nashville is a relatively affordable place to live with a low cost of living. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis‘s Regional Price Parity survey, which takes into account cost of living metrics including the price of goods and services and housing, Nashville has a regional price parity of 102.4, -6.5% below the average for US metro areas.

Education

Nashville is a well-educated city, with 19% of the population possessing a Bachelor’s degree or higher. Only 13% of the population does not have a High School diploma, while 9% of the population has a Graduate or Professional degree.

Demographics

The median age in Nashville is 36 years. 48.8% of the population in the Nashville metro area is male, while 51.2% is female. 7.3% of the metro population is foreign born.

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