Nashville: More Than Just Country Music
Nashville is one of America’s fastest growing cities, but it is also among the most livable. A dynamic skyline hugs the Cumberland River, towering over world famous music venues including the historic Ryman Auditorium. This 100 year old theatre, the Mother Church of Country Music, has hosted concerts by everyone from Coldplay and the Pixies to Elvis, Dylan, and James Brown. The rich history, cultural diversity, and bright future of the city are coming to a head as Nashville takes its place among the most talked about cities in the U.S. Even world travelers love the great food and artistic atmosphere. Whether you're a foodie, an artist, an adventurer, or a bookworm, Nashville has something for everyone!
Nashville At a Glance
- Named one of the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family by Fortune magazine
- Named by Kiplinger as the #1 Smart Place to Live
- 533 square miles with a population of nearly 570,000
- Metropolitan Statistical Area encompasses eight counties — Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson — and has a population of more than 1.5 million
- Major industries include tourism, printing and publishing, technology manufacturing, music production, higher education, finance, insurance, automobile production and health care management
- Ranked the most popular U.S. city for corporate relocations by Expansion Management magazine
- Named by Forbes magazine as one of the 25 cities most likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years
- Mild and pleasant climate with only a few days of either very hot or very cold conditions each year. If a snowfall occurs, it is usually in January or February and is seldom heavy.
- Rigorous, challenging—these should describe your program, not your living conditions. Nashville packs a lot of options into a compact, easy-to-navigate city with basic benefits: low cost of living, a diverse cultural scene, affordable neighborhoods with character, and many recreational opportunities.
- Accessible: Airport and other transportation options keep New York, Chicago, Atlanta, and many other cities just a quick flight away.
Average Apartment Rentals (Source: Center for Housing Policy, 2008)
New Haven $1,101
New York $1,313
San Francisco $1,658
Resources for Making Your Move to Nashville
- Guide to Nashville Housing
- Getting Settled In
- A Student's Guide to Life at VDS
- Nashville Area Map (restaurants, things to do)
Sports & Recreations
Frist Center for the Visual Arts
Schermerhorn Symphony Center
Country Music Hall of Fame
Nashville’s Main Public Library
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art
Nashville Originals is a dedicated band of local restaurateurs, dedicated to the challenge of sustaining the independent restaurant as a feature and a fixture of local culture and community.
The Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau maintains a database of Nashville–area restaurants. Searches of the database can be done based on area of town, cuisine, and price range.
Local print media outlets
The Tennessean (daily newspaper)
Nashville City Paper
The Nashville Scene (weekly newspaper)
All The Rage (weekly entertainment guide)
Local broadcast media outlets
WPLN (Nashville Public Radio)
WRVU (Vanderbilt student-operated radio station)
WNPT (Nashville Public Television)