Nashville is proud to offer laid back southern hospitality with bustling metropolitan multiculturalism. Hungry for southern fried chicken or Vietnamese Pho? It's in Nashville. Want to visit the historic Grand Ole' Opry or a replica of Greece's Parthenon? We've got it all when living in Nashville.
And the bragging rights can be yours when you call Nashville home. Here are 10 helpful things to know about living in the top-ranked city in Tennessee.
Rent in Nashville can be pricey, with the average cost of a one-bedroom apartment running about $1,725. That may be more than the national average, but the overall cost of living is 4 percent lower, meaning you'll have more money to spend while exploring Nashville's many great neighborhoods.
Start your search in Germantown and East Nashville. These hotspots have grown exponentially over the past year, with rent for a one-bedroom apartment averaging $1,817 and $1,384, respectively. Both feature similar accessibility to celebrity chef-owned restaurants and bustling music venues.
Most have heard of the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole' Opry House, but smaller venues have launched some huge names. Willie Nelson got his start at Tootsie's Orchid Lounge downtown on Broadway.
Or, stop by the infamous Bluebird Café on Hillsboro Pike in the Green Hills area for some great tunes. It's where a 14-year-old Taylor Swift landed her first gig.
While Nashville is proud of its country-western music heritage, it's also home to the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Music Center, the Nashville Ballet and Opera, located in charming Sylvan Park, and the Nashville Repertory Theater.
If you're a fan of art, take time out to tour the Frist Art Gallery or hit quirky East Nashville for smaller, indie art exhibits. Meanwhile, film buffs flock to the historic Belcourt Theater, which has been in operation since 1925 in the popular Hillsboro Village entertainment district.
Like most Southern cities, Nashville can be hot and humid in the summer and mild in the winter. But the weather can fluctuate as much as 10 degrees within a couple of hours. Be prepared for the occasional unexpected thunderstorm or tornado. And, watch out when it snows — the entire city shuts down.
The year 1998 was big in Nashville sports. That was when National Football League's former Houston Oilers began playing as the Titans at Nissan Stadium and National Hockey League's Predators took the ice at Bridgestone Arena.
ESPN ranked the latter of the two teams as the No. 1 franchise in all sports in 2017 for the best fan experience and value. The Predators also have some of the most outrageous and fun traditions. Expect raucous chanting and the occasional catfish tossed onto the ice. “The Cellblock" area of Bridgestone is known to be the loudest section in the loudest arena in the NHL.
“The Wall Street Journal" ranked Nashville as having the No. 2 hottest job market in the U.S. in 2020, largely due to its growing industry. But booming business translates to terrible traffic.
Traffic is especially brutal on I-24, I-65 and the 550 between the hours of 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. You'll similarly want to avoid I-40 E in the mornings and I-40 W in the afternoons.
Nashville offers no shortage in the parks department. You can cool off at the splash pads in Cumberland Park on the downtown riverfront, birdwatch at Radnor Lake in Green Hills or hike in the Warner Parks stretching through the upscale West Meade area. For a low-key day, head out to Centennial Park on West End Avenue, where you can fly kites or people-watch by the duck pond.
Fitting for the so-called "Athens of the South," Nashville has its very own exact reproduction of Greece's Parthenon complete with a 42-foot-tall golden statue of Athena. The building was built as the centerpiece of the 1897 Centennial Exposition, but now showcases a permanent collection of 63 paintings by 19th- and 20th-century American artists and rotating temporary shows and exhibits.
Nashville plays host to lots of free entertainment. Hit Centennial Park for Big Band Saturdays, where you can take free dance lessons from professional instructors. Or, pull up a lawn chair and kick back for Jazz on the Cumberland. Come June, there's the CMA Fest, hosted by the Country Music Association, which offers three free stages to watch fan favorites and rising country music stars.
Wherever you live in Nashville, you can throw a rock and hit a great restaurant. Downtown you can purchase a ticket and sit down to a five-course chef's tasting menu at Bastion or slide up to the counter at Hattie B's Hot Chicken and order some Shut the Cluck Up wings with a side of creamy coleslaw.
You can also take your pick from a variety of other foodie neighborhoods. Try Edgehill for Asian food, Germantown for German food and beer gardens, Sylvan Park for laid-back pubs or SoBro for upscale southern.
Ready to join the #NashvilleStrong community? From the friendly folks at the local grocery store to the table next to you who couldn't help but overhear you're new in town, Nashville's people will make you feel right at home.
There are tons of wonderful places up for grabs in this thriving, yet still affordable city. See for yourself. You're cordially invited to have a look around, starting here.