NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 19, 2023) – The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Research Center announced Wednesday that according to the Census Bureau, the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) has successfully rebounded to growth rates last seen in 2016, showcasing a remarkable recovery and reaffirming the region’s strong pro-growth trajectory. This development highlights the resilience and vitality of the region, positioning Nashville as a beacon of opportunity for residents and industry alike.

According to the findings compiled and analyzed by the Chamber’s Research Center, the Nashville MSA has added approximately 35,624 people in 2022, which equals an average daily increase in population of 98 individuals. These figures rank Nashville as the 10th highest among 56 metros with a population of at least 1 million.

The growth of our population carries immense positive implications for the Nashville MSA, and the more than 2M people who call it home,” said Jeff Hite, Chief Economic Development Officer at the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. ‚”This new data signifies that our economy, workforce, and overall quality of life have rebounded at an accelerated pace compared to our peer cities. Our region’s attractiveness as a destination for high-skill, high-wage jobs has never been more pronounced, fueling a virtuous cycle of growth and opportunity.”

Furthermore, this growth rate of 1.8% positions Nashville as the 9th highest among similarly sized metropolitan areas. These statistics, encompassing both migration and natural population increases, underscore the region’s robust recovery and renowned confidence in its economic prospects.

‚”As the Nashville MSA celebrates its return to pre-pandemic population growth levels, the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Research Center remains committed to monitoring and analyzing data that informs our region’s growth strategies,” said Bishoy Mikhail, VP of Research and Director of the Chamber’s Research Center. ‚”We look forward to a future characterized by continued progress, economic prosperity, and a strong sense of community.”

The Nashville MSA has always been renowned for its vibrant culture, exceptional music scene, and hospitable community. Now, with this remarkable recovery, the region is amplifying these qualities by becoming an even more competitive hub for businesses, entrepreneurs, and innovators seeking to thrive in a dynamic environment. The region’s pro-growth trajectory is powered by the talent and diversity of its population, creating an ecosystem that fosters collaboration, creativity, and sustainable prosperity.

“The return to pre-pandemic population growth levels demonstrates the exceptional vibrancy and resilience that is intrinsic to Nashville and its people. This resurgence will further strengthen our region’s competitive advantage and attract high-value industries,” said Ralph Schulz, President and CEO of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

About the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Research Center

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce’s Research Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive data analysis and insights that drive informed decision-making and support sustainable economic growth in the Middle Tennessee region. By studying key economic indicators and trends, the Research Center plays a vital role in shaping the future of our region.


About Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Partnership 2030

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce is Middle Tennessee’s largest business federation, representing more than 1,800 member companies. Belong, engage, lead, prosper embodies the Chamber’s focus on creating economic prosperity by facilitating community leadership. Established in 1990 as an economic development and community enhancement initiative of the Chamber, Partnership 2030 is a regional cooperative dedicated to making Middle Tennessee among the nation’s best places to live, work and do business. Partnership 2030 is supported by a diverse group of public and private companies as well as governmental agencies from the organization’s 10-county service area. The work of the Chamber is supported by its members, Partnership 2030 investors and sponsors; the Chamber’s Pivotal Partners (a partnership at the highest level for all Chamber programs and events) are Bass, Berry & Sims, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Community Health Systems, Gresham Smith and Regions. For more information, visit