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Overview of Madison

Madison is a very unique area nestled in the northern suburbs of Nashville. The town's official website calls it a testament to the unique local environment, saying "our rich history - 150 years and counting - and promising future make Madison a great place to live, learn, worship and do business." Madison is home to more than 35,000 residents who have a strong sense of local pride and enjoy the close-knit feeling of a Southern small town. Look for Madison apartments for rent, and find one of Tennessee's most diverse communities.  

Living in Madison, TN

The history of European settlement in Madison began in the late 1700s when famous farmers Thomas Sharpe Spencer and Kasper Mansker used the land as a bison trace between Sumner County and the Cumberland River. The beauty and bounty of the land generated interest, leading a small group of settlers to explore and break ground on the first settlement in 1779. Six years later, Reverend Thomas Craighead established the Spring Hill Meeting House, which became the first church built west of the Cumberland Mountains. The community thrived, and the city would eventually be named after Madison Stratton, whose father bought a significant portion of land in the area.

Madison was the site of much contention during the Civil War, as the city's railroad station was part of the Louisville Branch and Gallatin Turnpikes which the Confederate Military Board of State ordered extra defenses to protect. The city recovered after the war when the Powder Plant Boom of 1916 brought new workers and industry to central Tennessee.

Madison continued to grow through the 20th century and today is a thriving suburb north of Nashville. Madison is still unincorporated, but offers the conveniences of a big city with the desirable atmosphere of a small town that come together as the perfect place to raise a family.

Madison Work and Study

Miller-Motte College and the Nossi College of Art in town are joined by a number of educational opportunities in the metropolis of Nashville. Vanderbilt University is the most prestigious in the area, and is joined by Tennessee State University, Belmont University, Fisk University, Aquinas College, Watkins College of Art, Design & Film; Lipscomb University, Nashville State Community College, American Baptist College and the Free Will Baptist Bible College in giving students an exceptional education.

For those seeking work, Nashville is a hub for business opportunity. Known as the "home of country music," there are many major music recording and production studios in town, including numerous large and independent record labels in the Music Row area. Music may be a significant contributor to the local economy, but healthcare is the largest industry here with more than 250 companies in the area. Madison residents work in both of these fields in positions of all levels.

Rentals in Madison, TN and Cost of Living

With all of the excitement found in Nashville, Madison has maintained very affordable rent prices. United States Census Bureau statistics indicate that the average apartment in Davidson County is $776 a month, which is $80 less than the national average. That's a small price to pay for living in the South, as residents here also enjoy a cost of living index significantly less than that of the average U.S. city. Nestled in the beautiful backdrop of Tennessee, Madison apartments are sure to please.

Madison Attractions and Special Events

Madison is home to the Taste of Madison, Madison Music & Folklife Festival, and the Madison Golf Tournament that are great options for residents of all ages. People here also travel to Nashville to take part in the Music City Blues Celebration, Nashville Gay Pride Festival, Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival, Iroquois Steeplechase, Tennessee Jazz and Blues Festival, American Artisan Festival, Tennessee State Fair, African Street Festival and Nashville Shakespeare Festival, among others.

To find a Madison apartment or rental, check out our apartment listings. Rent.com® is happy to help you find your next home.

The 500 Fifth
28

Nashville, TN 37219

$1,249+

1-2 Beds1 Bath

The 500 Fifth

Nashville, TN

(28)

$1,249+

1-2 Beds1 Bath
909 Flats

Nashville, TN 37208

$1,124+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

909 Flats

Nashville, TN


$1,124+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
13
505 Nashville

Nashville, TN 37219

$1,650+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

505 Nashville

Nashville, TN (Downtown)


$1,650+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
30
Cumberland on Church
87

Nashville, TN 37219

$1,203+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

8 Units Available

Cumberland on Church

Nashville, TN (Downtown)

(87)

$1,203+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
8 Units Available
6
Solis North Gulch

Nashville, TN 37203

$1,312+

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths

10+ Units Available

Solis North Gulch

Nashville, TN


$1,312+

Studio-3 Beds1-3 Baths
10+ Units Available
17
Olmsted Nashville

Nashville, TN 37203

$1,259+

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths

Olmsted Nashville

Nashville, TN (SoBro)


$1,259+

1-3 Beds1-3 Baths
Windsor Park
12

Hendersonville, TN 37075

$838+

1 Bed1 Bath

3 Units Available

Windsor Park

Hendersonville, TN

(12)

$838+

1 Bed1 Bath
3 Units Available
Pine Street Flats
62

Nashville, TN 37203

$1,199+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

Pine Street Flats

Nashville, TN (SoBro)

(62)

$1,199+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
12
Oakwell Farms

Hermitage, TN 37076

$850+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

Oakwell Farms

Hermitage, TN (Donelson - Hermitage - Old Hickory)


$850+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
32
Novel Music Row
14

Nashville, TN 37203

$1,275+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

Novel Music Row

Nashville, TN (Music Row)

(14)

$1,275+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
The Ellington
4

Nashville, TN 37217

$775+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

The Ellington

Nashville, TN (South Nashville)

(4)

$775+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
Landmark at Glenview Reserve Apartment Homes
94

Nashville, TN 37217

$862+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

1 Unit Available

Landmark at Glenview Reserve Apartment Homes

Nashville, TN

(94)

$862+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
1 Unit Available
25
1818 CHURCH

Nashville, TN 37203

$1,200+

1 Bed1 Bath

10+ Units Available

1818 CHURCH

Nashville, TN (Midtown)


$1,200+

1 Bed1 Bath
10+ Units Available
29
Aertson Midtown

Nashville, TN 37203

$1,517+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

Aertson Midtown

Nashville, TN (West End)


$1,517+

Studio-3 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
Charlotte at Midtown

Nashville, TN 37203

$1,009+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

Charlotte at Midtown

Nashville, TN (West End)


$1,009+

1-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
2
Stone Ridge

Nashville, TN 37217

Contact for Pricing

2 Beds1-2 Baths

3 Units Available

Stone Ridge

Nashville, TN


Contact for Pricing

2 Beds1-2 Baths
3 Units Available
45
Elliston 23

Nashville, TN 37203

$1,449+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

Elliston 23

Nashville, TN (West End)


$1,449+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
25
The Shay

Nashville, TN 37209

$1,475+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths

10+ Units Available

The Shay

Nashville, TN (West End)


$1,475+

Studio-2 Beds1-2 Baths
10+ Units Available
31
Heron Pointe

Nashville, TN 37216

$1,165+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths

5 Units Available

Heron Pointe

Nashville, TN


$1,165+

1-3 Beds1-2 Baths
5 Units Available
8
Bristol Ridge

Nashville, TN 37217

Contact for Pricing

1-2 Beds1 Bath

4 Units Available

Bristol Ridge

Nashville, TN (South Nashville)


Contact for Pricing

1-2 Beds1 Bath
4 Units Available