Recent Rankings

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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2015 Best-Performing Cities

The Milken Institute has released its 2015 "Best-Performing Cities" index, which ranks U.S. metropolitan areas by how well they are creating and sustaining jobs and economic growth. The Nashville MSA takes the 18th spot.

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The Hottest U.S. Cities for 2016

Nashville is on Business Insider's list of the hottest American cities for 2016. To compile this list, they looked at job growth, population growth, affordability, livability, and the health and well-being of each city's residents. They also considered each city's "coolness" factor.

"Nashville may be known for its country-music scene, but these days the Southern city is much more than just a music town. It's becoming a focal point for the auto and health care industries. The area is home to more than 300 health care companies and has more than 30,000 jobs in the auto industry."

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The Hottest U.S. Markets in November 2015

Nashville placed 11th on's list of the hottest housing markets for November 2015. The ranking was based on the country’s 300 largest markets in terms of housing supply (measured by days on market) and demand (measured by listing views on

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Cicely Wedgeworth

Nashville only U.S. city on Lonely Planet's high-profile Top 10 list for 2016

Lonely Planet's "Best in Travel 2016" has announced the Top 10 cities to visit in 2016.

Coming in at No. 9? Nashville, Tenn. — the only U.S. city to make the cut.

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Why New York is out and Nashville is in for real-estate investors

Doing business is pricey in the largest U.S. metropolitan areas, which has prompted companies to consider locating in more affordable cities that have vibrant downtown neighborhoods, good public transit systems, walkability and culture, according to a new report. Residents may seek out these alternatives too, looking for a more reasonable cost of living.

Goodbye, New York. Hello, Nashville!

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The Cities Americans Are Flocking To

Nashville is No. 5 on's list of cities Americans are "flocking to." The ranking is based on population change between 2010 and 2014.

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Best Cities For Millennial Entrepreneurs, a website that matches service providers with prospective clients, surveyed 18,000 small business owners to assess the business friendliness of U.S. cities. They then looked at a subset of 3,726 responses from entrepreneurs aged 34 and under. Nashville was ranked the fourth-best city to be a millennial entrepreneur.

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Top States for Doing Business

In its sixth annual "Top States for Doing Business" survey, Area Development magazine placed Tennessee in the fourth spot. The publication asked site consultants to rank the states by business environment, labor climate/infrastructure and global access.

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10 Best Places to Start a Business

In an article published by, Tennessee came in seventh and Nashville was ranked sixth among the best places in the U.S. to start a business.

The article is based on a national survey conducted by in which business owners were asked to rate the small business friendliness of their city. Nashville received an A+ overall in the survey.

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Tess Townsend

Nashville Aces Small Business Friendliness Survey

In a national survey, Nashville received an A+ rating for small business friendliness from The fourth annual study, drawing upon data from nearly 18,000 small business owners, provides new insights into state and local business environments across the nation.

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Hardest-Working City

Freightliner Trucks has named Nashville one of its "Hardest-Working Cities" as part of a recognition program that honors cities spearheading community growth and innovation.

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Top Cities For Live Music

In the latest America’s Favorite Cities survey, readers of Travel + Leisure magazine ranked 38 major metropolitan areas on a variety of factors. In the poll, Nashville was rated the best live music scene in the country.

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Smaller cities emerge among top picks for biz meetings

Nashville is ninth on a newly published list of the top 50 cities for meetings and conventions.

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Hot Startup Cities

Entrepreneur magazine placed Nashville on its list of hot startup cities "where startup dreams come easier and cheaper, but can still pay off big."

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Top 10 rental markets for real estate investors reports on a new list of the 10 best markets for real estate investing. Nashville ranked ninth. 

The list was created by identifying markets where home prices are likely to increase at a good rate over the next few years. Criteria included markets with stable economies where the population has been growing at 4 percent or better and job growth has been at 2 percent or better.

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Tennessee leads the nation in auto manufacturing, tech skills training

Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation in both automotive manufacturing strength and tech skills training programs, according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

In the magazine’s 11th annual rankings report, Tennessee also received accolades in the following categories:

  • No. 2 Best Business Climate
  • No. 2 Best Infrastructure
  • No. 4 Workforce Training Leaders
  • No. 7 Automotive Employment Leaders

Tennessee, the first state to win back-to-back “State of the Year” honors from Business Facilities, has ranked No. 1 for automotive manufacturing strength for an unprecedented five times in the past six years, and also ranked No. 1 for education in 2014.

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Nashville leads metros in economic growth potential

Business Facilities' 11th annual rankings report shows Nashville taking the lead in economic growth potential. The listing cites Nashville's geographical advantages, low cost of doing business and the strength of the health care industry.

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Best Places for Business and Careers

Nashville ranks 28th on Forbes' 2015 list of the best cities to live, work and do business. The ranking was based on employment, costs (business and living), income growth, quality of life and the education of the labor force.

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