Profile: Nashville, Tennessee

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CMA Music Festival in Nashville

CMA Music Festival in Nashville

Photo by: Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp.

Each June, more than 200,000 eager country music fans from around the world descend on Nashville for concerts and autograph sessions during the four-day music festival hosted by the Country Music Association.

By: Nicki Pendleton Wood

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Population: 625,000

USDA Hardiness Zone: 7

Major Airport: Nashville International Airport

Companies with a Major Presence: Asurion, Bridgestone Americas, Community Health Systems, Country Music Television, Cracker Barrel, Dell Computers, Dollar General Corporation, Gaylord Entertainment Company, Gibson Guitars,   Great American Country, Griffin Technology, HCA, Ingram Industries, Nissan North America, Sun Records, Vanderbilt University & Medical Center

Leave the flashy attractions to other cities: Nashville knows that true quality of life is found in a balance of neon lights and hushed chapels, busy streets and quiet wooded paths, high-rise offices and quirky boutiques.

A Nashville welcome is so warm, the culture so diverse, and the living so easy that it’s hard to leave her embrace. Our 625,000 city residents are spread over beautiful neighborhoods and employed by a wide (and sometimes glamorous) economic base that includes universities, the music industry, and health care.

Some come for the jobs but stay for the weather – Nashville’s position in USDA Hardiness zone 7 means eight months a year of pleasant weather. Others are drawn by the music culture, either as a fan or employee. All find a rich market of old neighborhoods and new in-town high-rises, mini farms and friendly suburbs with solid public schools and good private school options.

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