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Southern Living Sounds Good to Me


Good Place to live in USA #6 - Nashville, TN

POPULATION: 1.3 million
KEY EMPLOYERS: Vanderbilt University & Medical Center; HCA; Saturn Corporation; Nissan Motor Manufacturing Corporation; Saint Thomas Health Services; Gaylord Entertainment; Shoney's, Inc.; The Kroger Company; CBRL Group, Inc.; Dell Computer Corporation; BellSouth; Bridgestone/Firestone; Ingram Industries, Inc.; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.; Trane Company; United Parcel Service; Century II Staffing; The Tennessean; Maury Regional Hospital; O' Charley's, Inc.; Whirlpool Corporation; The Aerostructures Corporation; PRIMUS Automotive Financial Services; Visteon Corporation/Ford Glass Plant
HOUSING COSTS: Median price for a home is $133,000.
TAXES: No tax on individual salaries or payrolls. Corporate excise tax is 6 percent on net earnings.
EDUCATION: There are four community colleges, vocational-technical schools, and 18 colleges and universities, including Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, Nashville School of Law, Cumberland University and Fisk University.
HEALTHCARE: There are more than 30 hospitals in the area, with Vanderbilt University Medical Center among them.
ARTS: The Nashville Symphony, Nashville Ballet, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Circle Players, Nashville Opera Association, The Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, Carl Van Vechten Gallery, Parthenon
RECREATION: Tennessee Oilers, Nashville Predators, Nashville Sounds, more than 15 public golf courses and private golf courses, fishing, hiking, boating
CONTACT: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce at (615) 743-3029;

Dubbed "Music City USA," Nashville offers an abundance of creative energy and talent, as well as an openness to artistic ideas. People here can be found at one of the many art galleries during the day and two-stepping to country music in the evening. Beyond the arts, Nashville offers diverse industries, a low cost of living, and economic stability.

There isn't just one top industry in Nashville - there are several. It is a leader in printing and publishing: a major source of publishing in the music industry and a hub for southeastern U.S. magazines and newspapers. Other dominant industries include finance and insurance, healthcare management, and automobile and related-sector manufacturing. Hospitality is also a highly regarded industry here. With more than 53,000 people in Davidson County employed in the hospitality industry, and with annual revenues in excess of $2.5 billion, the hospitality industry plays a key role in the city's healthy economy.

Nashville is not only the state capital, but also the country music capital of the world. The entertainment industry is huge here, with dozens of record labels. The music industry's success has helped bring other businesses to the area, such as satellite companies, catering, photography, public relations, accounting and graphic arts.

Logistically speaking, Nashville is the ideal location for the transportation industry, with more than 150 major trucking companies and freight handlers in the area. It is located within 65 miles of half the U.S. population. Three major interstate highways - I-40, I-65 and I-24 - run through Nashville and are direct links to major cities throughout the country.

Education is a serious subject here. According to a study conducted by the Center for Regional Economic Issues at Case Western University, Nashville is one of the 10 most educated metropolitan areas in the United States. More than 85,000 students are enrolled in the 18 colleges, universities, technical schools and other postsecondary programs in Middle Tennessee.

The benefits of moving to Nashville are tremendous: low unemployment, a great cost of living, top educational institutions, and tons of employment opportunities.

Alot of famous people have either born or grown up in Tennesse. Here's a short list

Davy Crockett (1786 - 1836) Frontiersman; born in Limestone.

Aretha Franklin (1942 - ) Gospel singer known as the "Queen of Soul;" born in Memphis.

Dolly Parton (1946 - ) Country singer and actress; born in Sevierville.

Morgan Freeman (1937 - ) Famous actor who has appeared in movies such as Driving Miss Daisy, Lean on Me Amistad and others. Born in Memphis.

Al Gore, Jr. (1948 - ) 45th Vice president of the U.S.; raised in Carthage.

James Agee (1909 - 1955) Writer, poet; born in Knoxville.

Alvin York (1887 - 1964) World War I hero; born in Pall Mall.

Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) One of the most famous singers of all time that helped develop rock and roll; moved to Memphis in 1948.

Cybill Shepherd (1950 - ) Actress made famous from televisions Moonlighting and Cybill; born in Memphis.

Tina Turner (1939 - ) Singer. She won a Grammy award in 1972 and starred in the movie Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome; born in Brownsville.

Lester Flatt (1914 - 1979) Bluegrass musician; born in Overton County.

Benjamin L. Hooks (1925 - ) Executive director of the NAACP, attorney, and clergyman; born in Memphis.

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