Nicknamed Music City USA, Nashville is the state capital for Tennessee and is America’s seventh-most highly populated state capital city trailing Phoenix, Austin, Indianapolis, Columbus, Denver and Boston.
Guinness World Records points to Nashville as being home to the world’s biggest singing lesson attracting 6,651 participants at Nashville’s Sommet Center on October 24, 2009. The musical event was organized by barbershop singers’ organization Sweet Adelines International.
Nashville serves as headquarters for one massive corporation recognized as belonging to the Forbes Global 2000 world’s biggest companies: private hospital and surgical facility operator Hospital Corporation of America.
Tennessee shipped U$31.5 billion worth of goods around the globe during 2016. Highest-value Tennessean exports are passenger vehicles, medical instruments and other equipment, civilian aircraft, piston engines, portable computers, cotton and whiskies according to United States Census Bureau data.
The seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Nashville was 3.7% as of May 3, 2017.
Capital Facts for Nashville, United States: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, Bridgestone Arena, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, Nissan Stadium, RCA Studio B, Tennessee State Museum, The Johnny Cash Museum and Vanderbilt Stadium
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Nashville, United States:
- Bill Belichik, NFL football coach & general manager (born Apr. 16, 1952)
- Mookie Betts, professional MLB baseball all-star (born Oct. 7, 1992)
- Gregg Allman, singer-songwriter (born Dec. 8, 1947)
- Ashley Whitney, Olympic swimming gold medalist (born Aug. 21, 1979)
- Roy Orbison Jr., music producer (born Oct. 18, 1970)
- Colin Ford, actor (born Sep. 12, 1996)
- Kitty Wells, pioneering female country music singer (born Aug. 30, 1919)
- Missey Kane, Olympic middle-distance runner (born Jun. 21, 1955)
- Bob Harper, personal trainer & reality TV star (born Aug. 18, 1965)
- RA Dickey, professional MLB baseball knuckleball pitcher (born Oct. 29, 1974)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches of published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Nashville resident: Nashvillian
Population: 654,610 (Nashville city limits but excludes semi-independent municipalities)
Density: 1,299 people per square mile (501 per square kilometer)
Population: 1,865,298 (Nashville metropolitan area)
Density: 249 people per square mile (96 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$113.68 billion as of March 2015 (Nashville metropolitan area)
GDP per person: $60,945
Note: The above GDP metrics are on a current basis and are in U.S. dollars.
Official currency used in Nashville: U.S. dollars
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on May 25, 2017
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Guinness World Records, Largest singing lesson. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Nashville official website. Accessed on May 25, 2017
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries. Accessed on May 25, 2017
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016. Accessed on May 25, 2017
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates. Accessed on May 25, 2017
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only). Accessed on May 25, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, Nashville city flag. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Nashville, Tennessee. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Nashville metropolitan area. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Wikipedia, Tennessee. Accessed on May 25, 2017
Within city limits, Nashville occupies 504 square miles (1,305.4 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 654,510 Nashvillians in 2015.
Formally named the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area, the Nashville metropolitan area covers a land area of 7,484 square miles (19,380 square kilometers) with a metropolitan area population of 1.865 million inhabitants.
At the city level, Nashville’s population density is 1,299 residents per square mile (501 per square kilometer).
Population density dilutes within the larger Nashville metropolitan area with an average 249 inhabitants per square mile (96 per square kilometer).
Nashvillians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.