Earlier this month, Forbes ranked all 421 metropolitan statistical areas for a Best Big Cities for Jobs in 2016, which was primarily based on employment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics between 2004 and 2015. According to their release, rankings considered recent growth trends, mid-term growth, and long-term growth potential, as well as each region’s recent momentum shifts. In addition, rankings were also broken down and put into size categories, with Nashville being listed in the “big cities list” due to having more than 450,000 jobs.
Out 70 big cities in the U.S., Nashville ranked fourth on the Best Big Cities for Jobs in 2016 list, outranking other rapidly growing cities right now like Dallas, Austin, Denver, and Charlotte.
If you currently live in Nashville, there’s a pretty good chance you’ve already heard about Middle Tennessee’s steady growth in both population and employment opportunities, which has been on the rise now for several straight years. The medical and manufacturing industries in Nashville are absolutely thriving right now and Music City is also now considered a top destination for tech start-ups as well.
According to Forbes, the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin TN metropolitan statistical area saw a massive 20.26% increase in job growth from 2010 to 2015, with just over a 3.4% increase last year alone. The only cities to outrank Nashville in terms of being one of the best cities for jobs in 2016 were Orlando, San Jose, and San Francisco, which took home the number one spot overall.