Nashville-Area Rankings

  • The 10 Best Markets for First-Time Homebuyers

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 23, 2015
    With an average down payment of $21,104, Nashville was No. 2 on MSN Money's list of the best markets for first-time homebuyers.

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  • The 10 Best Places to Live Now

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 17, 2015
    Men's Journal magazine listed Nashville No. 2 on its list of top 10 "cities where life is good," citing Music City's quality of life, construction boom, thriving tech scene and affordability.

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  • Nashville leads the nation in advanced manufacturing

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 03, 2015
    According to a new study from the Brookings Institute, Nashville has had more job growth in advanced industries since the recession than any other metro area in the country, and the growth is largely thanks to motor vehicle manufacturers.

    For a manufacturer to be considered "advanced," one in five of its employees has to specialize in technology, engineering, science or math, according to Brookings analysis.

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  • Travel Bucket List Cities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 03, 2015
    Nashville is one of only three U.S. destinations named to's list of "15 Places That Should Be On Your Travel Bucket List." Other cities on the list included Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Kyoto, Japan; and Berlin, Germany.

    According to the article, "Every expert we talked to raved about Nashville, often calling it 'the Vegas of the East.'"

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  • America's Fastest-Growing Cities 2015

    by Erin Carlyle | Jan 27, 2015
    Nashville is on's list of the fastest-growing cities in America. The ranking is based on estimated population growth for 2014 and 2015, year-over-year job growth for 2014, 2014 gross metro product growth, federal unemployment data and median annual pay for college-educated workers for America's 100 most populous MSAs.

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  • Nashville ranks No. 2 in the nation for arts vibrancy

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 26, 2015
    Nashville's arts vibrancy is No. 2 in the nation, according to a new report released by the National Center for Arts Research. The research examines level of supply, demand and government support for arts and culture for more than 900 communities across the country.

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  • Nashville ranked 86th largest metro economy in world

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 22, 2015

    Six years after the world stumbled into recession, Nashville is not only fully recovered, it’s growing.

    In the Brookings Global MetroMonitor 2014 report, Nashville ranks 86th globally for economic performance out of the world’s 300 largest metropolitan economies.

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  • 2015′s Best Metro Areas For STEM Professionals

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 14, 2015
    To help STEM professionals find the best markets for their valuable occupations, WalletHub analyzed the 100 largest metropolitan statistical areas in the U.S. across such metrics as job openings per capita for STEM graduates, annual median wage growth for STEM jobs and the projected number of STEM jobs needed in 2018. The Nashville metro area ranked 12th.

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  • America's Best-Performing Cities in 2014

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 09, 2015
    Nashville is at #15 on Milken Institute's list of the top-performing large U.S. metros in 2014. The ranking is based on the key measures of job growth, wage and salary growth and the size and concentration of the tech industry.

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  • Orbitz editors name Nashville a top destination for 2015

    by E.J. Boyer | Jan 06, 2015
    Tourism officials have been optimistic that 2015 will be another hot year for Nashville, even as the national media spotlight dims and more hotel rooms come online, driving down average daily rates that have been steadily inching up for the past few years.

    The editors at have named Nashville one of their top five picks for travelers in 2015, citing a trend for more leisurely paced, mid-sized cities and ...