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  • Nashville has a Livability Score of 70/100, which is considered excellent
  • Nashville crime rates are 57% higher than the Tennessee average
  • Cost of living in Nashville is 7% higher than the Tennessee average
  • Nashville real estate prices are 20% higher than the Tennessee average
  • Rental prices in Nashville are 15% higher than the Tennessee average

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      Nashville, TN

      Nashville has always held a special place in the heart of Tennesseans, and the city is gaining more and more popularity on the national stage thanks to the high quality of life that it offers and the amazing entertainment options. As the home of country music, Nashville has an amazing life music scene that is unrivaled in the south. Nashville is also home to a culinary scene that will keep foodies coming back for more. The low cost of living in Nashville always amazes for all of the amazing perks that the city offers.

      There is a reason that over 675,000 people choose to call Nashville home. The city has nine U.S. highways and two beltways surrounding Nashville that make traffic jams a relatively rare occurrence. Getting around Nashville by bus is possible on the MTA, but the city's voters historically vetoed plans to expand the public transit options in 2018 since they did not feel that the proposed option would generate a return on investment for the vast majority of the population.

      As indicated, country music plays a huge role in the city's lifeblood, and the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame are two of the city's most important and iconic attractions. Those looking for entertainment options in the city can also choose to attend a professional sporting event. The Tennessee Titans have been playing in Nashville ever since they left Texas, and the team came incredibly close to winning a Super Bowl only to be stopped at the goal line by the New England Patriots defense. The Nashville Predators NHL team is the city's new darlings, and they play an exciting brand of hockey that leaves fans throwing catfish onto the ice after goals.

      Vanderbilt University is one of the top academic institutions in the entire southern United States, and the university is also one of the city's largest employers. The university has a business school and medical school that graduate some of the area's top citizens and leaders. Nissan North America and the Kroger Company are other large employers in the area.

      Home prices in Nashville are moderately affordable, but those who choose to live here are blessed with a quality of life and access to entertainment that is second to none. Some of the areas of the city that are popular with home buyers include The Gulch, Germantown, and Midtown. The downtown area is also undergoing a massive restoration project that is transforming the look and feel of the area. Million dollar condos are popping up for sale, and many of country music's hottest young stars are deciding to set down roots in the up-and-coming area.

      Top Rated Schools in Nashville

      Name Grades Students Proficiency
      Martin Luther King Jr School7 - 121,22496%
      Hume - Fogg High9 - 1291595%
      Meigs Middle School5 - 869990%
      Valor Flagship Academy5 - 614985%
      Lockeland ElementaryKG - 430085%
      Julia Green ElementaryPK - 458184%
      Nashville School Of The Arts9 - 1262177%
      Harris-hillman Special EducationPK - 1225375%
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      The Place has Changed

      Attractions10/10
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      I began coming to Nashville in the late-1980's. It has changed dramatically. It was a very well run, growing city with a slightly hip culture, solid universities, lots of great amenities, beautiful land, and a strong church and family culture. Now, I've come to slightly dread my visits. It is wildly prosperous and growing by leaps and bounds, but it may be losing much of its heritage as a city of churches and families. It seems to be morphing quickly into Los Angeles East. Very flashy, very fast-paced. Interesting to visit, but I'm not sure it would be as desirable for families as it once was. All subjective, to be sure, but Middle Tennessee generally, and Nashville specifically, is being changed by the influx of people from high tax states like California and elsewhere who will change the culture/politics in ways that many locals will not like. Welcome to Tennessee, new residents, but don't try to change us to become like the dysfunctional places from which you escaped.
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      Nashville Real Estate

      Attractions8/10
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      Dining9/10
      Shopping7/10
      Nashville is a #CityOnFire. Its rapid growth is a result of multiple industries driving traffic and revenue. The health care industry is the anchor of Nashville's economic stability. The entertainment industry continues growing at an accelerated pace and has generated a buzz for the music city which makes Nashville a top destination. There are numerous highly desirable residential communities in which people are flocking to. The city has neighborhoods that fit any and everyone's lifestyles. Whether you want to live downtown Nashville or in one of the many beautiful suburban communities, there is an abundance of choices and options. Nashville Real Estate
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      Realtor Relocation Specialist

      Attractions10/10
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      Nightlife8/10
      Dining8/10
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      When it comes to Nashville real estate, I have had a front row seat to view the transformation of Music City into some of the hottest & most desirable zip codes in the country. Being born & raised in trendy East Nashville coupled with my past 14 years of experience helping Buyers & Sellers reach their real estate goals, makes me uniquely qualified to assist you in achieving the same. My vast previous sales come from many of the surrounding counties too so don't be surprised to see me in your neighborhood. I will work tirelessly to assure your purchase or sale is as smooth as possible; but in the event problems do arise, I will stand by you & professionally seek to resolve the issue & guide you forward to a successful outcome. Please take a moment to read my reviews here on Zillow. I believe the words of my clients speak better to my dedication to this profession than any eloquently written profile ever could. Remember I am available 7 days a week, 365 days a year & well, almost 24 hours a day....I WILL ANSWER YOU!! Give me a chance to prove that, "WHEN STEVEN SELLS IT'S SOLD!!" Thank you for your time!STEVEN RUSSELLReliant Realty24/7/365 REALTORCell: 615.429.7323Fax: 615.431.2514Office:615.859.7150wsrussell33@gmail.com***Reliant Realty Agent Of The Year 2014 & 2015 & 2016 & 2017***
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      Nashville TN is a must

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      I moved to Nashville in 2008 and I can literally live here my whole life. The people are really nice and many tourists around the world go visit Nashville. rate-100\99
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      Overcroweded Uneducated Town

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      There is no culture here and no reason this place should be so expensive. As another reviewer said -- Stay Away! Spend your money elsewhere. And I also can not wait until the economy of this S_ _ _ _ pretentious 'city' collapses!
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      Don't come to Nashville!!!

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      I'm a disabled veteran who has tried to move to Nashville 4 times and this town is only for the filthy rich or your going to end up in astronomical debt. Housing costs are ridiculously expensive, the local government being ran by Democrats are pushing out it's middle class and poor citizens by raising property taxes so high that they are loosing their houses and becoming homeless. The Democrats are making outrageous laws, if your camper or RV is older than 10 yrs old you can't get in a RV campsite, the rent in an RV park is $600-$800 per month plus electricity. They treat the Veterans, homeless, poor people worst than animals to slaughter. The band's playing downtown are slave labor cause they don't get paid by the bars all this is in violation of Federal Labor Laws, yet the Democrats is allowing this to happen. The traffic is bumper to bumper during most hrs of the day because people don't know how to drive and to many people moving there. All Nashville wants is your money and will strip you of your money then spit you out like trash. Everything costs higher than any city I've visited. Crime is going up. Not a place to raise a family. The surrounding towns like Goodletsville and Millersville is just as bad. I won't ever go back to Nashville Tennessee ever again. It's a crap city now!!!!! I'm gonna enjoy hearing when Nashville Tennessee's economy crashes. I've heard so many tourists say they won't be coming back because the prices are way to high and the service sucks, $75.00 a night for a cockroach infested motel room, bed bugs, mice, and rats also mentioned numerous times. So many working Americans living out of their cars because they can't afford it, meanwhile illegal immigrants, refugees, and immigrants are getting everything handed to them yet they've never paid intothe system!!!!! DON'T COME TO NASHVILLE TENNESSEE, IT'S NOT WORTH YOUR TIME NOR MONEY!!!!!!
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      Mom and college student visit Nashville

      Attractions9/10
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      Shopping9/10
      I went to Murfreesboro to visit my daughter who was turning 20 on Mothers Day. She is going to MTSU to become a Vet. She moved to Tennessee from California because the vet programs aren't as impacted there. She got her reseidency and is exited to start next month! We loved visiting Nashville! We are both singer songwriters so it's right up our Alley! We had fun dancing at the Honkey Tonk to cover bands and caught an Indie duo at Margaritaville! I made reservations for the Bluebird before I left California and we got to listen to some legendary songwriters performing their original songs!! My daughter did not have trouble getting into places to hear live music so that was a huge plus. Parking downtown is expensive. Nashville is still not as expensive as where I live and Murfreesboro is an up and coming town just outside Nashville with a cute downtown and chill Vibe of it's own- everyone there was super friendly. The pace in Tenn is a lot slower than Cali and people don't stress over things - the weather was Perfect in mid May! I didn't want to leave and can't wait to go back In September!! I will post again!
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      Why I'm Planning to Move to Nashville

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      For me, coming to Nashville, TN to live is bittersweet, because I am having to sell my family's old home place to make the move. The reasons that we chose Nashville are many, but started with my friend saying, "Why don't you move to Nashville?" Then I began to consider the upside: 1. My company, HCA/Parallon has 12 hospitals to choose from in the area and currently I drive 100 miles to work. 2. There are several Eastern Orthodox Churches in the area and where I currently live the closest church is 100 miles away, so we attend a mission 40 miles away. 3. I love the fact that Nashville is surrounded by smaller communities- each with their own personality. 4. There are so many opportunities for rafting and hiking which is something that my family and I love to do. 5. There are many and varied places to eat, so there is never a dull moment. 6. Music and especially Christian and Country Music is based in Nashville and I love to sing! 7. Due to the high and congested traffic in Atlanta, my family would never consider moving there. 8. There are actually 4 seasons, so snow is sometimes a possibility. 9. Last but not least we have close friends that my husband and I would love to be closer to.We hope to moving the summer of 2017 North of Nashville.Hope you will consider making Nashville your home too!
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      9 Years In Nashville, TN

      Attractions9/10
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      Dining3/10
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      I lived in Nashville for 9 years during my time in college and a few years afterward working at a publishing company. Half of my time there was in a small college located just off West End Avenue on the west of the city. From there it is a fairly short drive to downtown by Charlotte Road. This route will take you by the capitol building which you will definitely want to visit. It is smallish as capitol buildings go, but it is beautiful, elegant, and very historic. While in downtown you will definitely want to visit 100 Broadway. Tourists and Nashvillites alike love this area and for good reason. It is chock full of interesting shops and famous restaurant like The Hard Rock Cafe and The Wildhorse Saloon. However, in my eyes this area paled in comparison to the Opryland area. Opryland itself is sadly now gone, but the area still has many amazing must-see area, my favorites which the huge and gorgeous Opryland Hotel and the always entertaining Grand Old Golf.

      After my five years of college, I lived in the south end of Nashville in the Antioch area. During this time I became much more acquainted with everyday life in Nashville. Three things you should know about Nashville: The traffic is horrible, the summers are always humid and hot, and the winters are always wet and cold. Anyway, it was during these years that Opryland closed and was demolished to make way for a mall. I was skeptical. However, the mall has proven world class. I'm no shopper or big mall fan, but Nashville can definitely be proud of it. Plus, in my opinion it has the best movie theater in town. I presently live about an hour north of Nashville. Whenever I want to watch a movie I will almost always drive to Nashville to the Regal at Opry
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      not a fun place

      Attractions3/10
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      I think Nashville sucks when you go downtown there is nothing to do but shop and drink that's it there is nothing for kids here this really is the worst city to visit sure we are music city but why come to this place everything cost so much here and on every corner someone is always asking for money like anyone here has any we all work long days for nothing but bills and our NES provide for you one that don't know is our electric company charges out the but for power so if you plan on moving here don't because it isn't worth it you will be broke in 6 months unless you job pays you 80000 a year just stay away from here go to Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga anywhere other then Nashville it is the worst place ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      Nashville, TN - A Little Bit of Heaven

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      Nashville, Tennessee, is a little bit of heaven on earth. I lived in Nashville for five years and we could see the Grande Ole Opry out our back door. Living in or just visiting Nashville is unbelievable with all the attractions that this beautiful city has to offer. Depending on what you would like to see you should take your time and try to ingest the beauty, as we did on our first visit.

      We will mention some of the Nashville attractions that we visited on our first trip. After moving there we went back several times. The attractions never seem to grow old. We enjoyed the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The specialty tours will take you back into country music history with some of your very favorite country singers. We suggest that you try to experience all that you can and take your time with this attraction.

      Another trip that we thoroughly enjoyed and still enjoy is the General Jackson Showboat Lunch and Dinner Cruise. This paddlewheel river boat is four stories high. The cruise will take you along the Cumberland River, past many historic points of interest. You never tire of the beauty surrounding the Nashville area. Tickets for cruise packages may seem a little high, depending on how many are in your group. We had my wife and I and our 2 year old and six year old. We paid about $150.00. The baby was free. The six year old still talks about the "big boat ride".

      If you happen to be in Nashville in the winter then you will be there to see the Radio City Rocketts perform their holiday precision dance show. This holiday show was enjoyed by the three of us and it held the interest of our two year old.
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      Great City, but not perfect

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      Dining9/10
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      Everyone around the city is nice (typical good ole boys). The thing is, it's Music City. Everywhere you go, there is live music. You can't get away from it. About 75% of the younger population are hipsters and trying to make it big with their band. The night life is great, lots of tourists downtown. You will see a lot of famous people just walking around town. The city itself is spread out and doesn't have the hustle and bustle of a Chicago or New York. Many people do drive to work, but their is public transportation up to 15-20 minutes outside of downtown. If you are looking for a growing city and like live music (especially country) then this city is perfect for you.
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      Nashville - "The City of Country Music"

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      Nightlife9/10
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      I visited the city of Nashville in March 2009 and it was an amazing trip. The people are friendly, the restaurants are great, and the culture is very entertaining in any party of the city. As an avid country music lover, I would love to move there because you are surrounded with the country music scene. Everywhere you look there are aspiring country music singers trying to get famous. I stayed at the Opryland Hotel and it was extravagant with the greatest steakhouse you will ever eat at called the "Charlie Daniels Steak House."

      You can't visit Nashville without seeing a show at the Grand Ole Opry. I watched a performance, and loved every minute of it. Downtown Nashville is full of restaurants, shops, bars and attractions. If you don't like country music it wouldn't be wise to spend the day downtown, because you will hear singers singing on any corner. The only thing that I didn't like was the Nashville weather. It was more humid than I am used to living in. Overall, I would love to visit the city of Nashville again!
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      Source: The Nashville, TN data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).