With no less than 11 official songs describing its grandeur, the greatest number of any state in the nation, Tennessee shows its devotion to music of all kinds. This is the home of Elvis and the Grand Old Opry, the place where songwriters of just about every genre converge in nightspots to try out their tunes on an appreciative public. Even if you're not a music buff, there's plenty to appreciate in the Volunteer State, including beautiful scenery, friendly people and interesting cities with lots of apartments to choose from.
The majority of Tennessee's population lives in urban areas, although farms are prevalent and agriculture still plays a role in the state economy. Tennessee is a leading producer of tobacco, and other farm products include livestock, cotton, dairy and greenhouse products. Larger industries include the manufacture of chemicals, textiles, apparel, electrical machinery, furniture, and leather goods. Tourism is also a major player in the state's economy.
Tennessee is the third most affordable state to live in, with an overall cost of living more than 10% below the national average. Housing costs--including apartments for rent.are a whopping 20% below the average. Want more reasons to look for apartments here? Read on.
You'll find a wide variety of apartments for rent--most of them quite affordable--in Tennessee's eight major cities of Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Clarksville, Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville and Murfreesboro. Memphis and Nashville are two of the most popular, thanks to their rich musical history.
"Birthplace of the Blues," Memphis is the state's largest city with 650,000 residents who are proud of the city's reputation as a musical haven. Memphis is famous for nurturing some of the best country, classical, rock and hip-hop music in the country. The hottest music scene can be found downtown on Beale Street. And then, of course, there's the King. Graceland Mansion, home of Elvis Presley, is open for tours and musical inspiration. In addition to the culture rich with music, Memphis offers a comfortable year-round climate, small-town feel, plenty of Southern hospitality and an affordable cost of living. Rental property is abundant and the prices are low. Some of the more popular areaas to consider for apartment rentals are Germantown, Bartlett, Lakeland, Vollintine-Evergreen, Central Gardens, Collierville, Cooper-Young and Downtown. The average price for apartments is $477 per month, with a median of $570.
Nashville calls itself "Music City." Travel & Leisure Magazine calls it "America's Friendliest City." Both names are good indicators of what to expect in the capital and second-largest city of Tennessee. Throughout this welcoming community, you can find music to suit any taste--as well as a variety of apartments for rent to suit any taste as well. Blues, rock, country, gospel, jazz, contemporary Christian and other genres are all represented by the throngs of songwriters who come here by the thousands to listne, perform and try to make it in the notoriously tough business. Nashville is also a comfortable city to live in, with a pleasant climate that rarely gets too hot or too cold. Finances are comfortable too, with the overall cost of living at only 94% of the national average, and apartment rentals going for a median rent of $620 per month.