Nashville-Area Rankings

  • 10 Best Places to Start a Business

    by Tess Townsend | Aug 19, 2015
    In an article published by, Tennessee came in seventh and Nashville was ranked sixth among the best places in the U.S. to start a business.

    The article is based on a national survey conducted by in which business owners were asked to rate the small business friendliness of their city. Nashville received an A+ overall in the survey.

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  • Hardest-Working City

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 18, 2015
    Freightliner Trucks has named Nashville one of its "Hardest-Working Cities" as part of a recognition program that honors cities spearheading community growth and innovation.

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  • Nashville Aces Small Business Friendliness Survey

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 18, 2015
    In a national survey, Nashville received an A+ rating for small business friendliness from The fourth annual study, drawing upon data from nearly 18,000 small business owners, provides new insights into state and local business environments across the nation.

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  • Friendliest Cities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 12, 2015
    Readers of Condé Nast Traveler rated the friendliest U.S. cities to visit. Nashville came in fourth place.

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  • Top Cities For Live Music

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 12, 2015
    In the latest America’s Favorite Cities survey, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine ranked 38 major metropolitan areas on a variety of factors. In the poll, Nashville was rated the best live music scene in the country.

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  • Smaller cities emerge among top picks for biz meetings

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 10, 2015
    Nashville is ninth on a newly published list of the top 50 cities for meetings and conventions.

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  • Hot Startup Cities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 06, 2015
    Entrepreneur magazine placed Nashville on its list of hot startup cities "where startup dreams come easier and cheaper, but can still pay off big."

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  • Top 10 rental markets for real estate investors

    by Lindsay Chambers | Aug 04, 2015 reports on a new list of the 10 best markets for real estate investing. Nashville ranked ninth. 

    The list was created by identifying markets where home prices are likely to increase at a good rate over the next few years. Criteria included markets with stable economies where the population has been growing at 4 percent or better and job growth has been at 2 percent or better.

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  • Nashville leads metros in economic growth potential

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 30, 2015
    Business Facilities' 11th annual rankings report shows Nashville taking the lead in economic growth potential. The listing cites Nashville's geographical advantages, low cost of doing business and the strength of the health care industry.

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  • Tennessee leads the nation in auto manufacturing, tech skills training

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 30, 2015
    Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in both automotive manufacturing strength and tech skills training programs, according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

    In the magazine’s 11th annual rankings report, Tennessee also received accolades in the following categories:

    • No. 2 Best Business Climate
    • No. 2 Best Infrastructure
    • No. 4 Workforce Training Leaders
    • No. 7 Automotive Employment Leaders

    Tennessee, the first state ...