Nashville-Area Rankings

  • Best Places for Business and Careers

    by Kurt Badenhausen | Jul 23, 2014 ranks Nashville 10th in the nation in its 16th annual "Best Places for Business and Careers" listing. To determine the ranking, researchers compared every U.S. metro area on factors such as cost of doing business, number of college graduates and projected annual job growth.

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  • 7 Great American Vacation Spots

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 16, 2014
    Nashville is on TIME magazine's list of seven affordable American vacation destinations.

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  • Top Cities for Manufacturing Job Growth

    by Jay Garner | Jul 16, 2014
    The Nashville MSA is seventh on Garner Economics' list of cities that added the most manufacturing jobs between April 2010 and April 2014. The Nashville region added 12,600 manufacturing jobs in that time period.

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  • America's Most Creative Cities

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jul 16, 2014 has ranked Nashville third on its list of the most creative cities in America.

    To determine the ranking, researchers examined America's 50 largest MSAs to find cities where people are actively engrossed in creative projects, including websites such as Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Bandcamp and ReverbNation—measuring the number of projects or artists per site as compared to the local population.

    "Although the Southern city is traditionally a home to country music, ...
  • Budget-friendly Retirement Spots

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 18, 2014
    Nashville is one of 10 cities spotlighted on's list of affordable cities for retirement. To determine the list, researchers examined factors such as tax rates, median home prices and access to health care.

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  • Small Business Friendliness

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 12, 2014, in partnership with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, has released the results from the third annual Small Business Friendliness Survey. The study surveyed more than 12,000 small business owners across the U.S., who graded their states and cities on factors such as licensing requirements, tax rates and ease of filing taxes. Nashville and Tennessee both received an "A" rating in the survey.

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  • Strongest Economies

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 04, 2014
    For the 11th year, POLICOM Corporation, an independent research firm that specializes in analyzing local and state economies, has released its economic strength rankings, which rate 381 U.S. metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) on factors such as per capita income and wage growth. Nashville ranked fifth.

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  • Most Affordable Cities in America

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 04, 2014
    Using data from the Council for Community and Economic Research’s 2013 Annual Report, ranked the most affordable cities in America. Nashville ranked 18th out of 98.

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  • Best Cities for Job Growth

    by Lindsay Chambers | Jun 03, 2014
    Nashville ranked sixth on's list of the best large cities for job growth in 2014.

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  • Top Cities for Access to Health Care

    by Lindsay Chambers | May 30, 2014
    Nashville is one of the best places for health care in the U.S., according to the Vitals Index second annual report on America’s Top Cities for Access to Health Care.

    To create the list, Vitals analyzed the number of hospitals and primary care physicians available in each city on a per-capita basis. Patient-reported metrics such as doctor quality, ease of getting an appointment and wait times at appointments were also ...