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Moving to Nashville, TN
What You Need to Know
#1 Friendliest City in America & the Destination of the Year by the readers of Travel + Leisure
Nashville has the best of both worlds: The small-town charm with the “Y’all” that only the South can provide. The big-city, energetic vibe from the Music City’s bustling streets and nightlife.
Not only that, but Nashville has also been touted as:
#2 The Nation’s Music City
With over 120 live-music venues (not including street performers, porches, and apartment jamming), it’s hard to not find live music. On the other side of the coin, music related jobs and industries are booming here. For instance, just one factory alone in Nashville produces 1/3 of the vinyl records that are on shelves for sell today. The local chamber of commerce found that for every 1,000 people of working age in Nashville, there are 7.8 music industry jobs.
Fun Fact: There are over 400 Craigslist ads posted each week looking for musicians.
#3 Dining Options Galore
From the authentic Nashville Hot Chicken to fine dining with celebrity chefs, Nashville has it all.
For the best Hot Chicken in Nashville, check out the Thrillist’s list of the 8 best spots to get hot chicken in Nashville
If you are more in the mood for a high-end dining experience, The Husk restaurant in downtown Nashville is consistently named one of the best restaurants in the nation.
#4 Sports: NFL, NHL, and more
If sports is your passion, moving to Nashville may be a great decision, as it is home to 4 professional sports teams:
- Tennessee Titans, NFL
- Nashville Predators, NHL
- Nashville Sounds, Pacific Coast League
- Nashville FC, National Premier Soccer League
#5 A Center for Education
Nashville has a lot of nicknames, one of those being “the Athens of the South.” It’s moniker is due to the many colleges and universities in the city and the metropolitan area.
- American Baptist College
- Aquinas College
- Belmont University
- Daymar Institute
- Fisk University
- John A. Gupton College
- Lipscomb University
- Meharry Medical College
- Nossi College
- Nashville School of Law
- Nashville Auto Diesel College
- Nashville State Community College
- Tennessee State University
- Trevecca Nazarene University
- Vanderbilt University
- Watkins College of Art, Design & Film
- Welch College
Where Should I Move To?
Nashville’s Neighborhood Information
With superior school districts and the highest per capita income in the state, Belle Meade is a suburb for those with a little extra cash. In this area you will find everything from old mansions to new construction.
If you want to be in the center of Music City, this is where to live. Downtown Nashville is further divided into 8 smaller neighborhoods: the Gulch, North Capitol, North Gulch, Sobro, Rutledge Hill, Rolling Mill Hill, Hope Gardens and The District. Throughout these areas the cost of living is higher, but there are apartments all the way up to luxury condos for sale.
This area of Nashville is home of the country stars. Outside of downtown (about 20 minutes away), you will find $300k+ residential homes and an excellent school system. So if you’re moving to Nashville and you happen to be a country star or extra disposable income, then Brentwood is the area for you.
An up-and-coming area of Nashville, 12South is perfect for walking around to shop and play. The cost of housing in this area is above the median cost of housing for Nashville, but is a great value considering the nearby amenities.
Another middle-class area of Nashville, Mount Juliet comes highly recommended. It’s a drive into the city, but a lot more affordable. At this range, it is recommended that you do not work in the city, but if you can make it work, you will find affordable housing.
Donelson / Hermitage
Home to the Grand Ole Opry and the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, this area has a few more tourists than some other neighborhoods. However, you will find a surprising number of new neighborhoods offering very affordable housing options.
Culturally diverse, walkable, and more affordable, East Nashville has a good mix of commercial spaces and residential homes. If your looking for a cost-effective area of Nashville look no further.
Vanderbilt / West End / Hillsboro
This neighborhood is highly recommended by locals for families with kids and for those in the healthcare industry. Vanderbilt provides a lot of job opportunities for those living nearby, and even though it is still a short trip into downtown, housing is a lot more affordable in this area.
A very forward-thinking and popular area of downtown Nashville, the Gulch was the first LEED-certified neighborhood in the south. Here you will also find a lot of the area’s best restaurants and retail shops.
Hendersonville has good schools and affordable housing. It is quite a bit further from the center of the city, but you get a lot of bang for your buck. This is true suburban living in Nashville.