Recent Rankings

#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. 

Southern Business & Development

Nashville MSA #7 in Tech Job Creation

Praxis Strategy Group analyzed employment data from the nation’s 53 largest metropolitan statistical areas from 2006 to 2016, with extra weighting for growth from 2014-16 to give credit for current momentum. Half of the ranking is based on employment growth at companies in high-technology industries and the other half is based on changes in the number of workers classified as having STEM jobs. Nashville ranked no. 7. Since 2006, Nashville added jobs in nearly every tech industry that the study tracked, led by 3,700 new jobs in systems design, 1,800 in data processing, and 1,100 in engineering services.

Praxis Strategy Group

Brookings Metro Monitor Ranks Nashville Top 30 in 3 Categories

The Metro Monitor’s Inclusive Growth Index tracks the economic performance of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas along three dimensions critical to successful economic development: growth, prosperity, and inclusion. From 2010 to 2015, only 14 of the 100 largest metro areas outperformed the average of their peers on composite scores for growth, prosperity, and inclusion. Nashville ranked #4 in growth, #9 for prosperity and #25 for inclusion.

The Brookings Institute 

Best Buy Cities: Where To Invest In Housing In 2017

Nashville is one of the best cities in the country for investing in residential real estate in 2017, according to magazine named Nashville the eighth-best U.S. market in which to buy a home this year, citing the city's recent growth in population, jobs and home prices.

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The Top 10 Housing Markets Heating Up in 2017

Nashville is making a play for the hottest housing market this year, heating up with a forecast of 4.3 percent home value appreciation, 1.1 percent income growth and a 4.0 percent unemployment rate, according to Zillow’s 2017 10 Hottest Housing Markets list. The list, determined using data from Zillow’s Home Value Forecast, income growth and unemployment rates, assigned a "hotness score" to the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the U.S, with Nashville ranking No. 1.


Nashville among '50 Best Places to Travel' in 2017

Nashville, the “gateway to the South,” is a must-visit city in 2017.

That’s according to Travel + Leisure magazine, which ranked Music City as one of the top 50 places in the world travelers should visit next year.

Other destinations on the list include Belfast, Northern Ireland; Bermuda; Cape Town, South Africa; Devon, England; Honolulu, Hawaii; Jerusalem, Israel; Laos; Madagascar; and Perth, Australia. Nashville was one of seven U.S. cities that made the cut.

Travel + Leisure

Best Cities for Job Seekers in 2017

To identify the best places for job seekers in 2017, NerdWallet analyzed U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau data for the 100 largest U.S. cities to determine where Americans will find opportunities and also where their paychecks will go further. 

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