Recent Rankings

2016's Best Places for Hispanic Entrepreneurs

The Nashville MSA was named one of the top areas for Hispanic business owners in a report by careers and personal finance website

The report was launched in light of National Hispanic Heritage Month (9/15-10/15), a nationally recognized timeframe that honors the contributions of Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States.

The Nashville MSA was named a good place for Hispanic business owners because the area holds strong educational values for Hispanics, substantial networking potential, a thriving post-recession economy, a high density of Hispanic business owners, and access to affordable housing.

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2016 Top States for Doing Business

Tennessee is fourth overall and in the top 10 of every category in Area Development magazine's "Top States for Doing Business." To determine 2016's ranking, the magazine surveyed site selection consultants and asked them to name their top state picks in each of 10 categories that impact location and facility decisions. They shared their top picks in each category, and the magazine weighted those scores to come up with rankings within each factor, along with overall rankings that take all of the factors into account.

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Steve Stackhouse-Kaelble, Area Development

Best Cities for Job Seekers

Researchers at identified the 25 most populous cities in the U.S. (according to Census data) and found job density information for the nation's five fastest-growing occupations. Nashville ranks sixth for health care practitioners and technical occupations, and eighth for arts, design, entertainment, sports and media occupations.

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Best Minor-League Baseball Towns of 2016

Personal-finance website ranked Nashville No. 3 on its list of the nation's best minor-league baseball cities. The ranking examined both quality of life and overall gameday experience in more than 158 cities around the country.

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Amanda Dixon,

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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The Most Instagram-worthy Spots for Fall

After looking through many fall hashtags and Travel + Leisure articles, narrowed down a list of the most Instagrammable spots for fall. To qualify, each location had to have more than 50,000 photos under its hashtag and beautiful autumn colors. Nashville came in No. 1.

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Erica Daniels,

Best Cities for Freelancers

Financial awareness website analyzed the most recent U.S. Census Bureau figures and other data for the 50 most populous U.S. places and identified the cities that are the best for freelancers. The 10 top places were determined by examining factors including income, living expenses, health insurance and cell phone coverage. Nashville ranks second.

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2016’s Best Real-Estate Markets

Analysts from personal finance website WalletHub compared 300 U.S. cities across 16 key metrics to help prospective home buyers find the most attractive real-estate markets. Nashville ranked third among large U.S. cities, and 14th overall.

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America's Hottest Spots for Tech Jobs

Research from ranks the U.S. cities with the greatest increase in technology jobs between 2010 and 2015. Nashville ranks fourth, with 30 percent growth.

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Niall McCarthy

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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