Recent Rankings

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 Thumbtack.com'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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Best Big Cities for Jobs 2016

Forbes researchers ranked all 421 U.S. MSAs based on employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics from 2004 through 2015 to determine the top cities for job growth. Nashville ranked fourth.

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Joel Kotkin

Davidson, Williamson among top 10 counties for wage growth

Davidson and Williamson counties are among national leaders for job growth, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal.

"But in places from Music City to the Chicago suburbs to the California coast, wages are growing much faster. Weekly wages grew 4 percent or better in 44 of the 342 U.S. counties with at least 75,000 jobs, according to Labor Department data released Wednesday. Wages in Davidson, Tenn., the county that includes Nashville, rose 5.5 percent. Pay in Williamson, Tenn., just to the south, rose 5.2 percent. Williamson led the country in job growth, with employment growing 6.5 percent."

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Best Places to Live

U.S. News analyzed 100 cities in the United States to find the best places to live based on quality of life and the job market in each city, as well as the value of living there and people's desire to live there. Nashville ranks as No. 22 with an overall score of 6.8 out of 10.

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These Are the Best New Cities for Beer Lovers

Fortune magazine lists Nashville as one of the best "under-the-radar" beer cities for craft breweries and locally made specialties.

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2016's Best Cities for Women-Owned Businesses

Analysts at personal finance website WalletHub.com completed a study comparing the 100 largest U.S. MSAs across 10 key metrics indicating friendliness toward female entrepreneurs. The Nashville MSA ranks No. 1.

The data analyzed in the study ranges from average revenue growth of women-owned businesses to presence of women’s business centers to industry variety for women-owned firms.

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America's Leading EDCs

The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce was named to Global Trade magazine's list of the top economic development corporations in the nation.

"Nashville may receive more attention for its eponymous TV show and honky-tonk establishments, but Music City has emerged as a global leader in commerce. The city, which is home to international brands Under Armour and Amazon, saw exports surge 10 percent, year-over-year, to a record $9.6 billion in 2014 - a volume largely attributable to the efforts of the NACC. The chamber also helped 154 companies relocate or expand in Nashville last year, with nearly 28 percent of the new jobs created through foreign direct investment."

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Nashville among top cities for STEM salaries

Research by personal finance website SmartAsset.com ranks Nashville fifth out of the top 25 metros for STEM salaries nationwide. Nashville leads all cities in the ranking with a 5.3 percent income growth for STEM workers in 2014 – more than three times the national rate.

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Nashville among top 10 cities for growth and prosperity

Research published by the Brookings Institution places the Nashville MSA fifth for growth and 10th for prosperity among the 100 largest U.S. metros over the last five years.

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East Nashville's Eastwood named No. 2 hottest neighborhood in U.S.

An East Nashville neighborhood was named the second-hottest neighborhood in the country by a real estate firm.

Redfin, which bills itself as a next-generation real estate broker, predicted Eastwood would be the second hottest neighborhood for real estate in the country this year, just behind Chicago’s Ukrainian Village, based on affordability and charm, Redfin said on its website.

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Alex Hubbard

10 cities that are secretly great for tech grads

Nashville is listed fifth on a new ranking of the best cities for recent tech grads to find a job after graduating. The ranking, compiled by business research company DataFox, was based on mentorship and networking opportunities, affordability and growth potential.

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16 Top Destinations for 2016

Nashville joins national and international hotspots such as Rome, Bermuda and Thailand as one of 16 destinations in the 2016 edition of the Forbes Travel Guide

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Destination of the Year

Nashville was crowned "Destination of the Year" in Travel + Leisure magazine's annual Readers' Choice poll. Receiving nearly 15.8 percent of the votes -- nearly twice as many as second-place destination, Charleston -- Music City topped the list of international and domestic locations.

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Nashville a top city for businesses owned by women, millennials

Among big cities nationwide, Nashville has one of the highest rates of millennial entrepreneurs, according to a new study by the Kauffman Foundation.

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