Nicknames for Nashville include Music City, Country Music Capital, and Athens of the South the latter mostly because of its commitment to architecture and higher education. The Volunteer State is a popular moniker for Tennessee.
Nashville is America’s second-biggest music production center trailing only New York City. One of Nashville’s most popular tourist attractions is the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum.
Even greater than its legacy music sector, Nashville’s largest industry is health care via over 300 health care firms based in Nashville including Hospital Corporation of America–the biggest private operator of hospitals on the planet.
Another historic attraction in Nashville is President Andrew Jackson’s former home called The Hermitage, one of the largest and most visited U.S. presidential homes available for public viewing.
Research website numbeo ranks Nashville in the top 24% compared to the 250 cities evaluated on its overall quality of life index at June 2020. Nashville scored well on index factors such as property price to income ratio (lowest 12%), purchasing power (strongest 13%), pollution (cleanest 31%) and climate (best 45%). On the negative side, Nashville rates relatively poorly for cost of living (highest 28%), health care (worst 33%), traffic commute time (slowest 33%) and safety (bottom 35%).
Guinness World Records documents 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.
From an international trade perspective, Tennessee exported U$31.1 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2019. Its most valuable exports include medical, dental or veterinarian instruments and appliances (8.5% of Tennessee’s global total), passenger motor vehicles (7.2%), civilian aircraft including parts (3.3%), uncarded cotton (2.2%), sterile sutures (1.8%), orthopedic or fracture appliances (1.5%), portable computers (1.3%), whiskies (1.3%), and artificial joints, parts or accessories (also 1.3%) according to United States Census Bureau data.
The non-seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for Nashville was 12.1% at July 2020, up from 2.9% one year earlier.
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: 673,167 (Nashville) at September 24, 2020
Density: 1,336 people per square mile (516 per square kilometer)
Population: 6,897,580 (Tennessee) at September 24, 2020
Density: 167 people per square mile (65 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$71.675 billion in 2018 (Davidson County, Tennessee)
GDP per person: $57,386
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).
Dilemma X, U.S. Census Bureau metropolitan population estimates July 1, 2016.
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Total Gross Domestic Product for Davidson County, TN (MSA).
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, Unemployment Rate in Davidson County, TN (MSA).
Forbes Global 2000, The World’s Biggest Public Companies.
Guinness World Records, Largest singing lesson.
Nations Online, Capital Cities of the USA.
Numbeo, Quality of Life Index by City.
Official Government Website, City of Nashville official website.
United States Census Bureau, Foreign Trade: State by 6-Digit HS Code and Top Countries.
United States Census Bureau, State Population Totals Tables: 2010-2016.
United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Local Area Unemployment Statistics: Seasonally Adjusted Metropolitan Area Estimates.
U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Gross Domestic Product by Metropolitan Area, 2015 (Tables Only).
Wikimedia Commons, Nashville city flag.
Wikipedia, Nashville, Tennessee.
Wikipedia, Nashville metropolitan area.
World Population Review, Nashville, Tennessee Population.
Nashvillians celebrate Independence Day as a national holiday each July 4.
Nashville’s land area occupies 504.03 square miles (1,305.4 square kilometers). The state capital’s population was 673,167 Nashvillians at September 24, 2020.
At the state level, Tennessee’s land area covers 41,217 square miles (106,846 square kilometers) home to a population of 6.9 million people.
Nashville’s population density is more concentrated averaging 1,336 residents per square mile (516 per square kilometer).
Zooming out to Tennessee’s state boundaries, population density dilutes to an average 167 inhabitants per square mile (65 per square kilometer).