Nashville, the capital of Tennessee, located in Davidson County on the Cumberland River. Nashville is a center for the music, healthcare, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and home to numerous colleges and universities, as well as home to the TN Supreme Court. It is famously known as a center of the country music industry, earning it the nickname “Music City U.S.A.” According to 2015 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 678,889.
HISTORY: The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men in 1779, and was named for Francis Nash, an American Revolutionary War hero. By 1860, when the first rumblings of secession began to be heard across the South, antebellum Nashville was a very prosperous city. The 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. 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 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 Public Library, the Bridgestone Arena, and Nissan Stadium. Today, the city along the Cumberland River is a crossroads of American culture, and one of the fastest-growing areas of the Upland South.
ECONOMY: As the “home of country music”, Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. The big four record labels are located in Nashville, and the hub of the big and independent country music labels have offices on Music Row. The city is also home to industry and manufacturing including the Gibson guitar company, Dell, Bridgestone, Community Health Systems, Nissan North America, Tractor Supply Company, UBS , Goo Goo Clusters, and Dollar General. Nashville is home to more than 300 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). Since the 1960s, Nashville has been the second-largest music production center (after New York) in the U.S., so it’s tourism has a huge impact to the economy as well.
- In 2013, the city ranked No. 5 on Forbes‘ list of the Best Places for Business and Careers. In 2015, Forbes put Nashville as the 4th Best City for White Collar Jobs.
- In 2015, Business Facilities’ 11th Annual Rankings report named Nashville the number one city for Economic Growth Potential.
CULTURE: Known as “Music City USA”, Nashville has also become a hub for pop, rock, bluegrass, Americana, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues, and soul music. Since 1925, Grand Ole Opry has further secured Nashville’s reputation as a musical center and sparked its durable nickname of Music City and is America’s longest-running radio show. Nashville has also long been known as the “Songwriting Capital of the World.” Songwriters from all over the world come to Music City to learn the art and share their passion of songwriting. The Schermerhorn Symphony Center, home to the renowned, Grammy award-winning Nashville Symphony, anchors the downtown end of the recently designated Music Mile.
From the honky-tonk floors to the symphony hall walls, there’s more live music here than anywhere in the world. Nashville has an active theatre scene, and is home to several professional and community theatre companies. Civil War history is important to the city’s tourism industry. Sites pertaining to the Battle of Nashville and the nearby Battle of Franklin and 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. It’s also known of the Athens of the South because it’s home to 24 post-secondary educational institutions, Nashville has long been compared to Athens, the ancient city of learning and site of Plato’s Academy with a a full-scale replica of the Athenian Parthenon.
- City of Nashville TN
- Nashville International Airport
- Nashville MTA bus and trolley system
- Nashville Public Library
- Downtown Nashville
- Nashville Chamber of Commerce
- Metro Nashville Government Parking
Things to do in Nashville TN:
- Visit Nashville Tourism
- The Parthenon
- Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum
- Belle Meade Plantation
- Centennial Park
- Ryman Auditorium
- Nashville Guru event calendar
- Now Playing Nashville event calendar
- Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
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