Recent Rankings

Nashville #1 in Metropolitan Economic Strength Rankings

Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSA) have at least one urbanized area of 50,000 or more population, plus adjacent territory that has a high degree of social and economic integration with the core as measured by the location of the commuting workforce. 


Nashville best place to live in Tennessee, 15th best in the US

Each year, U.S. News & World Report analyzes data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Department of Labor and their own internal resources to determine the best places to live in the United States. The ranking metrics include the job market, affordability, quality of life, desirability and net migration of 125 metro areas. In 2019, Nashville was named number 15 on the list of best places to live in the U.S. (and the 7th best place to retire).

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INC names Nashville #4 Best Place to Start a Business in America

"An abundance of hospital chains in the country music mecca has made it famous for something else: a new wave of health startups." Nashville earned the number 4 spot based on the rate of entrepreneurship, high-growth company density, population growth, net business creation and wage growth in the Nashville Metro area.

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Tennessee ranked #1 in South Central United States for regional workforce development

Tennessee ranked number one for our region based on the following criteria: (1) CNBC’s America’s Top States for Business 2018 Workforce and Education sub-ranking; (2) Forbes’ Best States for Business 2018 Labor Supply sub-ranking; (3) U.S. News’ 2018 Best States for Education rankings; (4) ACT National Career Readiness Certificates (NCRC) Rankings; and (5) average number of workforce development enactments passed in state legislatures (most recent data).

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Nashville #1 fastest-growing large metro of 2017

Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illuminates which large metros have the fastest growing economies. Growth is measured by the percentage change in employment between the annual average of 2016 and 2017. Among large metros, the highest growth is found in Nashville (3.5%).

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Top 20 Happiest Cities to Work in Right Now

This ranking, based on work-life balance, employee relationships, work environment, average compensation, opportunities for career advancement, company culture and resources, places Nashville in the top 20 happiest cities to work in.


Nashville Third-Best Big City for Jobs in U.S.

Forbes' ranking places Nashville third on the list of best big cities for jobs in the United States, based on the region's number of jobs and job growth rate for 2017.


#7 on Forbes' list of Top 25 Fastest-Growing Cities of 2018

Nashville has jumped significantly from number 20 on the 2017 list. "The goal of Forbes’ annual list of America’s fastest-growing cities is to give a holistic picture of places on the upswing. That means looking not just at job, population or output growth individually, but considering how these important measures and others come together. It means looking back to see which cities grew the most in 2017 and forward to project which cities will make strides in 2018," says Forbes.


Nashville Named #8 Best-Performing City of 2017

The Milken Institute bases their rankings on job creation and economic opportunity. Nashville has seen growth in both areas and cracked the top 10 for this annual list.

Milken Institute

Nashville #4 Metro in American City Business Journal 2017 Economic Index

Nashville hovered in 10th place the past two years before vaulting to fourth. It leads the country with a five-year jump of 27.1 percent in financial-activities (banking) jobs.

American City Business Journals

Top 20 City for Tech Jobs

Job search site ZipRecruiter recently analyzed its database of more than 8 million active jobs, and ranked the 20 fastest-growing tech markets based on year-over-year data.

Nashville ranked number 8 on the list.

Time, Money Magazine

Nashville Named #1 Minor League Baseball City

The Nashville Sounds are a big tourist draw to the region. Their on-field success, the game-day experience and Nashville's quality of life in general all combined to make it the top minor league baseball town according to SmartAsset. First Tennessee Park is a great place to watch baseball, or just hang out at the BandBox.


Nashville is #6 City for Young Professionals

SmartAsset recently released a study on the best cities for young professionals based on unemployment and labor force participation rates of young adults, median rent, number of fun establishments, job diversity, median earnings for full-time workers and rent as a percent of income. Nashville ranked #6 thanks to our job market, reputation for fun and low unemployment rate for young professionals. Young people can get engaged in Nashville by connecting with YP Nashville, our young professional organization.


Nashville Third Fastest Growing Large Metro Economy

Nashville ranked third among all large metros for its rapidly expanding economy. Recently released data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics illuminates the fastest growing economies, measuring by the percentage change in employment between 2015 and 2016. In 2016, U.S. employment grew 1.7%. Among large metros, the highest growth was found in Grand Rapids (4.4%), Orlando (4.2%). Nashville (4%), Charlotte (3.7%) and Salt Lake City (3.7%).

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#1 Metro Area for Professional and Business Service Jobs

Forbes analyzed which metropolitan areas are gaining the most professional and business services jobs and the trends that are driving some to pull ahead while others fade. The rankings look at employment in the sector over time. Since 2011, Nashville’s job count in professional and business services has expanded a remarkable 42.6% to 160,300, the highest growth rate of any major metropolitan area. Management and technical consulting, architecture and related services have led this growth.


Best Cities for New College Grads 2017

In its third annual study, SmartAsset uncovered the best U.S. cities for new college grads, and ranked Nashville at number three. Nashville made a jump this year, up from the 12th spot in last year's ranking. With an unemployment rate of 1.5% among bachelor's degree holders, Nashville boasts the sixth-best ranking in that factor. The Music City has a lot to offer young residents with the fourth-highest concentration of dining and entertainment establishments.


Nashville Named Major Market of the Year for 2017

Southern Business & Development Magazine ranks states and peer group markets based on the capture of projects announced in the South meeting or exceeding 200 jobs and/or $30 million in investment. The SB&D 100 (the 24th annual) ranks each state and market through points earned based on the capital investment, jobs and the size of each project captured. Nashville earned "Major Market of the Year" for 2017 for its performance in calendar year 2016 with 165 points. The second highest ranking metro received 105 points. 

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