Recent Rankings

Audrey Lands on Top of Best New Restaurants for 2022

Eater included Audrey on the top of its list of 15 Best New Restaurants in 2022. Audrey is new to Nashville and brings a unique blend of Chef Sean Brock’s different experiences and inspirations. 


Nashville Sounds: Minor League Baseball’s Organization of Year

The Nashville Sounds claimed the first Organization of the Year Award (2022) in their 45-year history after a banner year in the Music City. The Sounds led Minor League Baseball in total attendance (555,576) and set a club record for season ticket revenue, topping the previous record by nearly $700,000.


TN Ranks Highly on Talent Attraction Scorecard

The Scorecard ranks counties based on education, overall job change, migration, skilled job change, competitive effect (jobs created above or below what is expected), and skilled job openings. The Scorecard is divided into Large Counties (100,000+ population), Small Counties (5,000–99,999 population), and Micro Counties (less than 5,000 population).

How did TN and Nashville counties rank? Very well.


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South Carolina


Top 5 U.S. Counties Overall

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2022 Talent Attraction Scorecard

Nashville #1 Real Estate Market to Watch

Almost all of this 2022’s survey of top-ranked real estate markets are in faster-growing southern and western regions and away from the coasts. Nashville was once again the top-rated metro area, while the Dallas/Fort Worth area jumped number two-ranked market.


Top 10 Cities for Millennials to Move to

Nashville has become a top 10 city for Millennials to move into. SmartAsset analyzed the cities where millennials are moving and leaving using the most recent Census Bureau data from 2021. We compared the number of people between the ages of 25 and 39 who moved into a city from a different state to the number of people who moved out of a city to a different state.


Arena of the Year: Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena

Nashville's Bridgestone Arena was named Arena of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association 


TN 3rd Best State for Business

Chief Executive ranked Tennessee the #3 Best State for Business. 

Chief Executive

TN Tops Recovery Leaders Ranking

Business Facilities ranked Tennessee the #1 Recovery Leader, up from #5 in 2021. This ranking is based on GDP growth over the previous 12 months. 

Business Facilities

CNBC Ranks TN #6 for Doing Business

Tennessee ranked 6th overall in the Top States for Business 2022 article. Tennessee also ranked 2nd overall in economy, 5th in cost of living, and 8th in infrastructure and cost of doing business. 


Tennessee #15 in Nation for Economy Rankings

Tennessee is the 6th-best state for economic activity and listed as 15th in the nation overall in 2022. This is based on changes in GDP, the share of the fastest-growing firms, state gross public debt as a percent of GDP, exports per capita, and startup activity. 


​Top States for Business in 2022: Tennessee

CNBC ranked Tennessee #6 for America’s Top States for Business in 2022.


2023 Top Cities for Job Seekers: Nashville

Money Geek ranked Nashville as the #6 Top City for Job Seekers based on job growth, wage growth, unemployment rate, labor force, and housing affordability.

Money Geek

Nashville Named Best Foodie City Right Now

Nashville has gained a reputation for being one of the hottest culinary spots in the South—and for a good reason. You can find everything from comfort and soul food in diners and dives to haute fare in five-star restaurants.


Nashville Ranks #1 for Networking with Startup Founders

Nashville, Tennessee, is the best place to network with startup founders—4.14 out of every 1,000 people there have the job title "CEO." Nashville is also a top city for health care entrepreneurs, with nearly 4,000 health care companies.


Nashville Ranked Top 10 City to Live After the Pandemic

"There’s good reason the Music City is growing quite quickly. Berkin says it provides a great job market, high quality of life and low cost of living — all while having a great live music scene. Berkin also notes it’s an especially smart choice for young entrepreneurs interested in technology startups. Nashville is great for the long term; it’s a popular place to retire with its reasonable cost of living, beautiful weather, access to great health care, relatively low taxes and wonderful retirement communities."


Nashville Ranks in #1 U.S. City for an Affordable Wedding

Nashville, Tennessee tops SmartAsset's rankings for the third consecutive study in a row. Nashville has the highest number of religious organizations in our study, at almost 83 organizations for every 100,000 residents. Music City also has the 10th-highest amount of parkland – at 49.63 acres per 1,000 residents – and the eighth-highest number of catering businesses per 100,000 residents – at 6.93. The average cost of a wedding in Nashville is $23,038, the 20th-lowest rate for this metric across all 95 cities in the study.


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. 


For Cities Getting Richer the Fastest, Look to the South

The Census Bureau released the results of the 2015 American Community Survey, which allows comparison of incomes city by city. Among America’s 50 biggest metropolitan areas, the biggest household income gains were in Nashville.

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The Wall Street Journal

The Best Cities for Jobs This Fall

Nashville is in fifth place on a new list of the best cities for jobs this fall. To determine the ranking, ManpowerGroup conducted more than 11,000 interviews with U.S. employers as a measurement of employment outlook for the fourth quarter of 2016.

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Manpower Group

Best Places for Law School Graduates

Nashville ranks No. 8 nationally among places where law school graduates have the best chances of finding a good job after completing school. To determine the ranking, personal finance website analyzed more than 900 cities on the following criteria:

  • Average lawyer salary
  • Job availability and competition
  • Housing prices
  • Area amenities
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