Overview of Nashville
Let me sing you a song about Nashville. Better yet, why don't you rent a Nashville apartment, catch a show at the Grand Ole Opry, and then pen your own ode to Music City! You'd be hard pressed to pick a better place to let the strum of a guitar call you home. So whether you dream of performing on stage or just want to whistle your way to work, Nashville deserves your applause.
Living in Nashville
Nashville was named after General Francis Nash, a hero of the Revolutionary War. At first, only a fort held this spot along the Cumberland River. That was in 1779 and those first settlers called their home Nashborough. Ten years later, the town had a school, a tavern, and presented itself with the more familiar name of Nashville. The growing community staked its first claim to music leadership with the publication of Western Harmony, a book on how to sing hymns. Music continued to raise Nashville to new heights with the advent of the Grand Ole Opry and the output of the studios of Music Row.
Getting to know the greatest hits of Nashville only requires a little bit of shoe leather. Take a tour through Music City's neighborhoods to get a feel for the high notes here. Berry Hill brings the funk, with odd crafter's resource shops, unique boutiques, and local restaurants. Green Hills blends beautiful homes with an active music scene at the Bluebird Café. If you fancy yourself a hipster, perhaps you'd prefer the Gulch? Once industrial, that part of town is now Nashville's new hotspot.
Work & Study in Nashville
Nashville has so many colleges and universities that it's sometimes referred to as the "Athens of the South." Vanderbilt University and Fisk University were built following the Civil War. Joining those two, you'll find schools such as American Baptist College, Belmont University, Meharry Medical College, and the Nashville School of Law.
In terms of work, Nashville is a hub for health care, the automotive industry, publishing, banking, and transportation. Or course, you might be the next superstar of country music, in which case you couldn't pick a better place to hang your hat. Companies including Dell, HCA, and Dollar General are all based in Nashville.
Cost of Living in Nashville
Nashville apartments tend to rent for reasonable rates. While prices are rising, residents report paying from about $700 to $1,150 a month to rent apartments in Nashville. That expense, considered along with the prices one pays for food and utilities, still puts Nashville below the national cost of living average. If you're new to town or swapping apartments, the city's seven-percent vacancy rate means you'll have a reasonable selection of places to choose from.
Nashville Attractions & Entertainment
The music scene in Nashville is indubitably the city's biggest draw. The Tennessee Performing Arts Center, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and Ryman Auditorium-"the Mother Church of Country Music"-are all here. The Grand Ole Opry is now based east of Downtown, but the show returns to the Ryman for a run each winter. The Music Row section of Nashville still serves as the heart of country, gospel, and contemporary Christian music.
History also draws tourists to Nashville, particularly Civil War history. Here, you can visit the sites of important battles along with museums and preserved plantation homes. For less educational entertainment, sports fans can catch the Tennessee Titans and Nashville Predators playing football and hockey.
Nashville Special Events
Nashville keeps singing, dancing, and celebrating all year. The Music City Soul Series adds some extra love to Black History Month. The CMA Music Festival-"Country Music's Biggest Party"-lasts four days and includes over 400 artists. April is so jam-packed with Nashville events, that they just call the whole month Awesome April.
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