Getting Established

The Nashville region is a thriving community with so much to offer, from diverse neighborhoods to a strong economy to a great artistic and cultural scene. Yes, it's true we're a big city, but we haven't lost sight of our friendliness or welcoming atmosphere. Come see for yourself why so many people from all over the world are now proud to call themselves Nashvillians. Explore the resources below to help with your smooth transition to Middle Tennessee.


Tennessee has no personal income tax and a state sales tax of 9.25 percent. For detailed information, visit the Tennessee Department of Revenue's website.

Cost of Living

Nashville residents enjoy a low cost of living. View a chart comparing Nashville's cost of living with other large U.S. cities.

Mortgage Calculator

How much home can you afford? Use this calculator to help determine your monthly mortgage payments. 

Vehicle Registration

For information on obtaining a Tennessee license plate, please visit this website.

Tennessee Driver's License

A Tennessee driver's license is issued by the state Department of Safety and must be obtained within 30 days of establishing residency. Visit the Tennessee Department of Safety for more information.


Nashville has a humid subtropical climate, with generally cool to moderately cold winters, and hot, humid summers. In the winter months snowfall does occur in Nashville, but is usually not heavy.

For average temperatures and precipitation year-round, visit the Weather Channel's website.

Crime Rate

The goal of the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department is to make Nashville the safest large city in the country. Please visit the MNPD website to view an interactive crime map of the city.

Voter Registration

For more information on voter registration, and to download a mail-in application for voter registration, please visit

Library Card

Nashville Public Library cards are free to all residents of Davidson County, Metro Government employees and those living within the Goodlettsville city limits. Cards are also available to nonresidents for an annual fee. For details, see the Metro Public Library website.

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