Educational quality and school choice are two of the most important factors to consider when evaluating a community. With more than 130 public schools in Metro Nashville, 50 private schools in the immediate area, and many more quality public and private schools in the surrounding counties, the Nashville area offers an array of educational options.
The area's concentration of post-secondary educational institutions earned Nashville the nickname "Athens of the South." The Nashville area's 21 accredited four-year and postgraduate institutions are an integral part of the economic and cultural identity of the area. In addition, the area boasts five community colleges and 26 vocational and technical schools. The availability of such varied higher education choices creates an extremely well-educated base of residents. In the Nashville MSA, 51.5 percent of adults at least 25 years old have one or more years of college education, and more than 70,000 people have graduate or professional degrees.