Nashville-Area Rankings

  • America's New Brainpower Cities

    by Joel Kotkin | Apr 07, 2014
    To determine where college graduates are settling, demographer Wendell Cox analyzed the metro areas that gained college graduates most rapidly between 2007 and 2012 in the 51 metropolitan statistical areas with populations of more than 1 million. Nashville ranked fourth.

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  • Most Cost-Attractive Midsized Cities for Business

    by Lindsay Chambers | Apr 02, 2014
    Nashville's low costs for industrial and office leasing, and cost advantages in transportation and salaries, contribute to the city's ranking as one of the most cost-attractive U.S. cities with populations between 1 million and 2 million, according to a study by KPMG LLP.

    KPMG’s 2012 Competitive Alternatives study measured 26 significant cost components in each market, including labor, taxes, real estate and utilities, as they apply to 19 industries over ...
  • Fastest-Growing Cities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 27, 2014
    Nashville was one of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the U.S. between July 2012 and July 2013, according to data from the Census Bureau and reported by

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  • America's Top Apartment Boomtowns

    by Lindsay Chambers | Mar 10, 2014
    Nashville was ranked fifth on's list of the top 15 apartment boomtowns in the U.S. To determine the ranking, researchers examined cost of living as well as indicators of apartment availability, economic growth and population growth for the 100 most populated metro areas in the U.S.

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  • The USA's 20 best convention cities

    by USA Today | Mar 05, 2014
    USA TODAY's asked a convention expert to nominate 20 picks for the Readers' Choice award for Best Convention City, then asked their readers to narrow it down to their top 10.

    Nashville ranked third, due to the new Music City Center.

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  • The Perfect Night Out: GQ's 25 Best New Restaurants in America, 2014

    by Alan Richman | Feb 26, 2014

    GQ ranked Nashville-based restaurant Husk sixth in this year's 25 Best New Restaurants in America spread. The magazine cites Husk's modern twist to traditional Southern cooking for the ranking.

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  • Best Cities for Female Entrepreneurs

    by Lindsay Chambers | Feb 18, 2014
    Financial website ranked Nashville on its top-20 list of cities for women to start a business. To determine the ranking, researchers examined the following metrics: business-friendliness; existing presence of female entrepreneurs; earnings of female workers; percentage of residents with at least a bachelor's degree; and unemployment rates.

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  • Blue-Collar Hot Spots

    by Joel Kotkin | Feb 07, 2014
    Nashville came in at No. 5 on a Forbes list of cities creating the most high-paying working-class jobs.

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  • Best cities to be an artist

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 29, 2014
    Nashville ranked sixth in's list of the best cities to be an artist. The ranking was based on factors such as cost of living, number of working artists in the city and number of cultural attractions such as museums and galleries.

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  • Best cities for savings account rates

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jan 28, 2014
    A new study of savings account interest rates offered by financial institutions located in the 100 most populated U.S. cities found Nashville ranks No. 17, with an average yield of 0.105% APY.

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