Recent Rankings

The Cities Challenging New York for Financial Supremacy

The Nashville MSA leads the nation among metro areas that are increasing employment in financial services at the fastest rate, according to researchers at New Geography. Factors contributing to this shift are lower costs (including for housing), less regulation and expanding markets, driven by rapid population growth.

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Joel Kotkin & Michael Shires

The 2016 Friendliest U.S. Cities

In Condé Nast Traveler's fourth annual Readers’ Choice Awards survey, the magazine asked its audience to rate the friendliest cities in the U.S. Nashville came in fourth.

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Tennessee Ranks No. 1 in Nation For Foreign Direct Job Creation

For the second time in three years, Tennessee has topped IBM's Global Location Trends report. The annual report from the IBM Institute for Business Value measures the number of jobs created or committed via foreign direct investment (FDI) in each state during the 2015 calendar year.

The Volunteer State is home to roughly 920 foreign-based establishments that have invested more than $33.3 billion in capital. The state’s top 10 countries for FDI include Japan, Germany, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Italy, France, Switzerland, Sweden and China. 

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Best Big Cities for New Grads

Nashville is on's list of the best big U.S. cities for college graduates.

The ranking was based on factors such as average cost of living, median income for bachelor's degree earners, unemployment rate, job projections and arts & entertainment options among 40 U.S. cities with populations of 750,000 or greater. 

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Jake Ravani,

The U.S. Cities Creating The Most White-Collar Jobs, 2016 researchers analyzed Bureau of Labor Statistics data to determine the cities creating the most jobs in the business and professional service sector. Nashville ranks No. 1, with business service employment growth of 47.2 percent since 2010 to 152,700 jobs, with 7.7 percent growth last year alone.

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Best Cities for a Healthy & Happening Retirement

Nashville ranks as one of the best U.S. cities for retirement, according to a study conducted by Kiplinger. Researchers used data from Trulia to identify cities that offer green space, trails and walkability. The study also took into account cities with access to health care that are tax-friendly for retirees.

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The Best and Most Improved Housing Markets in America

Nashville has the No. 1 metro housing market in the nation, according to a report published on The ranking is based on Freddie Mac's Multi-Indicator Market Index, which includes the best and most improved housing markets across the U.S. Ranking No. 17 in the U.S., Tennessee’s housing market is the second-most improved in the survey.

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The Best Cities for Retirement ranked the best and worst cities for retirement for more than 200 cities using the following criteria: cost of living; crime rate (violent and property crimes); walkability; health care quality; state and local tax burden; personal well-being for seniors; weather (temperature and precipitation); and the vitality of the local cultural scene. Franklin ranked No. 3 and Nashville came in sixth.

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Nashville Ranked Fifth-best City in America

Nashville is rated the No. 5 city in the United States, according to the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2016 readers’ survey announced today and available now on The new survey from Time Inc.’s Travel + Leisure reveals the top travel destinations and companies in the U.S. and around the globe, from cities and islands to cruise lines, airlines, hotels and more. Cities are rated on sights/landmarks, culture, food, friendliness, shopping and value.

Nashville No. 2 Market for Growth of Highly Skilled Tech Workers

Nashville has the second-strongest tech talent growth rate in North America, according to CBRE Group, Inc.’s annual report, “Scoring Tech Talent,” which ranks 50 U.S. and Canadian markets according to their ability to attract and grow tech talent.

As the home of digital entertainment and music applications, the Nashville market has increased its tech tenant labor pool by 67.9 percent over the past five years.

“Nashville has a creative, highly educated workforce that is very attractive,” said Harrison Johnson, senior vice president of CBRE. “There is now significant investment in tech jobs, which we did not have 10 years ago."

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Best States for Retirement

Tennessee placed fourth in Kiplinger’s new report, "10 Best States for Retirement in 2016." According to their analysis, every major metro area in the state has lower-than-average living costs — especially for health care and taxes, which are particularly important to seniors. Overall cost of living in Tennessee is 2 percent below the national average.

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Top 10 Cities Americans Are Moving To

As reported on, Nashville is one of the top 10 cities Americans are moving to. The study is based on data from plus U.S. Census Bureau information.

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Most Dynamic U.S. Cities

Nashville has been named to Worth Destinations' list of the most dynamic cities in the U.S. The list is based on research and evaluation of American cities, including the following criteria: civic leadership (e.g. collaboration between the mayor’s office and the chamber of commerce); quality of life (e.g. traffic, climate); business climate (e.g. taxes, zoning); sustainability (e.g. environmental consciousness, green spaces); entrepreneurial community and environment (e.g. VCs, incubators); cultural offerings (e.g. music, museums); and urban innovation (e.g. WiFi kiosks, urban farms).

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Richard Bradley

Small Business Friendliness

Tennessee earned an A+ for small business friendliness in's national survey of small business owners.

Since 2012, the Thumbtack Small Business Friendliness Survey has surveyed thousands of entrepreneurs on the state and local public policies that affect their ability to start, operate, and grow a business. In 2016, more than 12,000 U.S. small business owners participated in the study.

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Top Cities for Employee Engagement

Market research and data firm Quantum Workplace surveyed more than 8,700 organizations in 47 cities across the United States and discovered which cities have the highest percentage of employees who feel truly professionally engaged in their workplaces. Nashville ranked sixth, with 71.2 percent employee engagement.

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Top Cities for Startup Growth

Nashville was named as one of the top cities for startup growth, ranking No. 5 in a 2016 Kauffman Report, ahead of San Francisco and Boston.

The ranking marks a leap from 2015, when the city was No. 9.

The Kauffman report studied employment and revenue growth at companies in particular areas.

Top Cities for Creatives

Using job data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and cost-of-living information from the Council for Community and Economic Research, financial research website SmartAsset ranked the top 10 U.S. cities for creative workers. Nashville comes in ninth. This is the second year SmartAsset has conducted this research; Nashville also ranked in their 2015 list.

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Top Cities for Recent College Graduates

The new Graduate Opportunity Index, compiled by Trulia in partnership with LinkedIn, rates 40 of America’s strongest job markets based on what they have to offer recent college grads. The Nashville metro comes in seventh.

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Best Cities for Young Workers

In a new report, Credit Sesame identified the top 25 "18-hour cities" and then ranked the top 10 based on five factors: median household income, median rent price, unemployment rate, average student loan balance, and average credit card balance. Nashville placed fifth.

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