Nashville is experiencing some growing pains due to such rapid growth the last several years, and 82 people move to the Music City every day. While this means more traffic and construction, it also means more opportunity, better amenities, and more jobs from its thriving startup and healthcare scenes. Here are some of the best amenities Nashville has to offer if you or your family is considering moving here.
Unparalleled Country Music Scene
Nashville's nicknamed the Music City for good reason. The establishment of WSM in the 1920s and the subsequent creation of the Grand Ole Opry set the stage for Nashville's music scene today. The Opry is now America's longest-running radio show with over 90 years of weekly performances, launching the careers of countless country stars. The Opry stage has been graced by the likes of Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Elvis Presley. While Nashville is still most known as the national hub of country music, there's a huge variety of live music you can go out and listen to in lounges and stadiums alike. People in Nashville love going out to hear music, visit restaurants, and watch sports events, but it still has that smaller city vibe with tons of art and quirky shops.
Easy Access to a Variety of In-State Universities
Whether you already live in or are considering moving to Nashville, education can be an important factor because of the cost of in-state versus out-of-state tuition. Within a four-hour drive in any direction lie several well-respected colleges, including four University of Tennessee campuses, Vanderbilt University, and the University of Memphis. The proximity to Nashville makes it a fun day trip or permanent residence, depending on which university you attend. For families with younger children or high schoolers getting ready to send out applications, there are plenty of public or in-state options for the future.
Easy Access to Lakes, Rivers, and Hiking
While finding a beach from Nashville involves a bit of a trek, that doesn't mean there's a lack of outdoor activities around town. Nashville has plenty of nearby lakes and rivers to visit, and the forests and hills outside the edge of the city make for great hiking and biking opportunities. Just outside the city lie Radnor Lake State Park, Percy Warner Park, and the Cumberland River Greenway. To the east, Percy Priest Lake and the Cumberland River both offer the freedom to go camping, boating, or just getting out to enjoy the water.
No State Income Tax or Personal Property Tax
Tennessee is one of only nine states that has no (or next to no) state income tax and no personal property tax. While there is no state income tax, there is a flat Hall Tax that is specifically allowed in the Tennessee Constitution. The Hall Tax constitutes a 6% tax on dividends and interest, but won't have a big effect on the take-home pay of most people. Personal property tax affects unattached or mobile property like automobiles, boats, or personal airplanes, but you don't have to worry about additional personal property taxes either. Combined with the low sales tax rate of 7% and lower overall cost of living compared to nearby metropolitan areas, living in Nashville means you take more of your paycheck and stretch your dollar more.
No matter your reasons, Nashville is a great city to move to. It is large enough to have the amenities and luxuries of a city, but small enough to have that Southern soul some larger cities in the South start to lose. You're never more than a 40-minute drive from beautiful parks or an escape in nature, either. Nashville has a spirit and a reputation that are hard to beat, but it's still affordable for many people and offers growing job opportunities.
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