Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and is the largest city in Tennessee. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. A city rich in history with Civic War battle fields, plantations and all the related preservation museums. Today, the city is a center for the music, healthcare, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to numerous colleges and universities.
If you’re moving for a history lesson, Nashville will always be teaching you. The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough. It was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War hero. Nashville quickly grew because of its strategic location, accessibility as a port on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio River; and its later status as a major railroad center. It has been growing ever since. Nashville has a humid subtropical climate with moderately cold winters, and hot, humid summers.
Nashville's Entertainment and Culture
Music, food, shopping and entertainment abound in greater Nashville with such notables as the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and much, much more. Nearby Dollywood is a sure to delight as well.
Even though you’re not moving to the country, you’ll still be able to enjoy the country. As the "home of country music", Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. All of the Big Four record labels, as well as independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row area. Nashville has been home to the headquarters of guitar company Gibson since 1984. Since the 1960s, Nashville has been the second-largest music production center (after New York) in the U.S. As of 2006, Nashville's music industry is estimated to have a total economic impact of $6.4 billion per year and to contribute 19,000 jobs to the Nashville area.
If you’re seeking job security, moving to Nashville should be a sure thing. Although Nashville is renowned as a music recording center and tourist destination, its largest industry is health care. Nashville is home to more than 300 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), the largest private operator of hospitals in the world. As of 2012, it is estimated that the health care industry contributes US$30 billion per year and 200,000 jobs to the Nashville-area economy. The automotive industry is also important for the entire Middle Tennessee region. Nissan North America moved its corporate headquarters there. Bridgestone has a strong presence with their North American headquarters located in Nashville, with manufacturing plants and a distribution center in nearby counties. Fortune 500 companies with offices within Nashville include Dell, HCA, Bridgestone, Community Health Systems, Nissan North America, Tractor Supply Company, UBS and Dollar General.