Nashville, Tennessee Education and City Information

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and the state's second largest city. Nashville boasts more than 20 nonprofit colleges and universities, including nationally ranked Vanderbilt University.

Information about Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville began as a port on the Cumberland River and was named for Revolutionary War General Francis Nash. The arrival of the first steamboat in 1818 ensured its future as a commercial and trading center. The population of Nashville and its surrounding municipalities was 644,014 in 2014, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates.

Though Nashville is best known for country music, the Tennessee Performing Arts Center hosts various genres of music, from opera and symphony to drum and bugle corps, along with theatrical and dance performances. Country music enthusiasts might make a stop at the Belcourt Theatre, the historic Ryman Auditorium or the Grand Ole Opry House, as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame. Other attractions in Nashville include the General Jackson showboat, the Tennessee State Museum and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts. The city also is home to sites connected to Civil War events, including the Battle of Nashville.

Nashville Educational Opportunities

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked Vanderbilt University in Nashville the 15th best national university and the country's 12th best value school. This private university also was recognized for several of its graduate programs, including audiology (first in the nation), educational administration and supervision (first), special education (second), education policy (fourth), nursing-midwifery (first) and speech-language pathology (first).

Other schools in Nashville that were ranked by U.S. News include Belmont and Lipscomb universities, the fifth and 18th ranked regional universities in the South, respectively, and Aquinas and Welch colleges, the 19th and 63rd ranked regional colleges in the South, respectively. Students looking for a 2-year school also have several options in the city, including Nashville State Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and John A. Gupton College.

Nashville Economy

Nashville is known as the home of country music, with Universal Music Group, Sony Music and Warner Music - as well as several independent labels - all maintaining offices in the city. Other important industries in Nashville include tourism and health care, with Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Saint Thomas Health Services and Hospital Corporation of America among the city's top employers. Other major employers include Nissan North America and Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.

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