Nashville is one of America’s truly unique cities, with a blend of business, culture, and entertainment that can’t be found anywhere else. Music City is a hotbed for technology, healthcare, government, education, music, and publishing. It’s the home of the Grand Ole Opry, Ryman Auditorium, Country Music Hall of Fame, the NFL’s Tennessee Titans, and the NHL’s Nashville Predators. It’s quickly gaining more notoriety for its culinary dining, galleries, museums, and symphony hall.
As the “home of country music,” Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. The Big Three record labels, and numerous independent labels, have offices in Nashville, mostly in the Music Row area. Nashville is the second-largest music production center (after New York City) in the United States.
Often called the “Athens of the South”, In Centennial Park is a full-scale replica of the Parthenon (an Athenian temple), built for the Tennessee Centennial Exposition of 1897 and containing a statue of Athena 42 feet tall. The State Capitol (1859) was designed along classical Greek lines by William Strickland; Pres. James K. Polk is buried on its grounds.
Nashville’s downtown area features a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, cultural and architectural attractions. The Broadway and 2nd Avenue areas feature entertainment venues, nightclubs, and an assortment of restaurants. North of Broadway lies Nashville’s central business district, Legislative Plaza, Capitol Hill, and the Tennessee Bicentennial Mall. Visitors don’t realize that the city’s most incredible charm lies not in its downtown tourist attractions but in the suburbs its residents call home. Those looking to buy a home and put down roots in Music City have plenty of great suburban options that are especially popular with young families.
The modern economy is diversified. The music and entertainment industry is a primary factor, and services such as health care, finance and insurance, and education are significant contributors. Manufacturing, printing, publishing, and tourism are also important. The city’s central location, combined with an international airport and port facilities on the Cumberland River make it an ideal place to live and work.