Nashville Gets Lucky No. 13 on List of Best Cities

Dated: 09/28/2012

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Ranking cities with lists is one of the oldest tricks in the book for publications looking to garner clicks. That's why you see so many seemingly arbitrary lists: Best Cities to Get a Haircut, Most Anxious Cities, Most Flirtatious, Most Morbidly Obese, and on and on. For as much as I'll acknowledge that these surveys don't hold much water, I've been stoked to see Nashville included in so many positive city rankings of late. (Let us ignore our city's inclusion on a recent list titled "Cities with The Worst Travel Taxes.") Earlier this month The Atlantic Cities ranked Nashville No. 4 on its list of Top Large Metros for Fashion Designers, and most recently, BloombergBusinessweek ranked us No. 13 on its list of America's 50 Best Cities. Not too shabby, Nashville!
It was interesting to see how Bloomberg broke Music City down into the following stats (* please note how "Bars" comes second in importance after "Population"):
Population: 603,394
Bars*: 138
Restaurants: 1,493
Museums: 30
Libraries: 35
Pro sports teams: 3
Park acres per 1,000 residents: 18
Colleges: 13
Percent with graduate degree: 8.3
Median household income: $59,270
Percent unemployed: 7.3
And here's what they had to say about our fair city: "Nashville makes it to 13th place in part due to its nearly 1,500 restaurants and to Vanderbilt University, but that’s not what defines the pulse of the Music City. Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, Nashville has attracted or raised a numbingly long list of America’s top musicians, from country greats such as Johnny Cash to modern acts like Kesha. For Nashville residents, finding some of America’s next best music can be as simple as strolling over to Music Row, where new venues blend with nearby classics, such as the Station Inn."

A few more Nashville in the news tidbits: Native Reese Witherspoon has named her newborn son "Tennessee James," Nashville Lifestyles just released its list of Nashville's Most Beautiful People for 2012, and health care company HCA is relocating the corporate headquarters of two of its business units to the long-vacant West End Summit property in Midtown. Finally! Good news for that 80-foot deep crater in downtown Nashville.
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TJ Anderson

TJ Anderson is a Nashville Realtor with Benchmark Realty who's helped countless clients both buy a home and sell a home in Nashville, Tennessee. He blogs about Nashville regularly, from Nashville-area....

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