When you think of Nashville, Tenn., it conjures images of country music stars of old and new. You might also think of ribs and charming Southern hospitality. What you may not know about Nashville is that it’s consistently topping the lists of the most livable, hottest cities to live and grow. With a booming economy, both Forbes and Business Insider rank it in their top places to live.
With the number of sustainable companies growing in the city of Nashville, it’s a greener place to live. Awareness allows residents to get active in reducing personal carbon footprints, in turn helping the city become more livable by being more breathable. In 2010, the mayor’s office created the Office of Environment and Sustainability and continues to work on initiatives focusing on protecting natural resources, reducing waste and increasing energy efficiency, according to Nashville.gov.
Nashville and the surrounding areas are tapping into the earth’s renewable energy sources and increasing the number of solar panels and wind turbines in order to take advantage of the natural resources. As solar panels go up on houses, businesses and, on a larger scale, solar farms, Nashville is becoming less dependent on fossil fuels like coal to provide electricity.
In keeping with its lighthearted lifestyle, housing in Nashville is reasonably priced. The economy is based on entertainment, healthcare, banking, transportation, and publishing. There are many communities to choose from depending on the lifestyle you’d like to live. From the booming metropolis of the heart of the city to the quaint suburbs, Nashville offers what you’re looking for no matter what that is. Apartmentratings.com shows the average one bedroom apartment goes for just under $800/month.
With a booming economy, there’s steady job growth in Nashville. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nashville has a current unemployment rate of 5.5, which is 1.9 percent under the national average. Kiplinger, a financial and business forecaster, predicts the job growth in Nashville to be at 18 percent in the next five years and the number of new jobs to be around 140,000. According to the same analysis, Nashville tops the list for fastest job growth in a two year stint.
Slowly becoming the data processing center for cloud computing, Nashville has an active role in the advancement of technology. Not only that, but it’s a leading destination for careers in healthcare, education and freight transportation, according to Kiplinger.com. One reason large companies are planting roots in Tennessee is its mild climate and smaller scale living, avoiding what Forbes calls “transportation bottlenecks.” A solid infrastructure is the key to maintaining a city’s balance and keeping a generally positive attitude of its inhabitants.
Ranking high on Bloomberg’s Businessweek 50 best places to live list (13th), the capitol city of Tennessee has more than 1,400 restaurants, 30 museums, acres of park space and 13 colleges. It’s home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum; but, it draws musicians from all genres.
It’s clean. It’s green. It’s growing and affordable. And, it’s got music – lots and lots of music.