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What it's Like to Retire in Nashville

Nashville, aka “Music City”, is the capital of Tennessee, and is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. Known as the center of the music industry, and as the home of country music, Nashville has a vibrant music scene spanning a variety of genres that also includes a world class symphony. The city is also know for its healthcare, two major sports teams, ( NHL's Nashville Predators and the NFL's Tennessee Titans), and is home to numerous colleges and universities, including Vanderbilt and Tennessee State.

In 2015, Nashville won the No. 1 spot on Travel + Leisure's "America's Friendliest Cities" ranking, and, as should be expected, has been ranked as the "Nation’s Best Music Scene” by Rolling Stone Magazine.  Picture of Nashville Skyline and picture of the State Capital courtesy of Wikipedia and Kaldari; picture of the Grand Ole Opry House courtesy of Wikipedia and Adam McMaster.

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Where to Retire in Nashville and Home Prices

Nashville has several neighborhoods from which to choose, with some more walkable than others, and some more popular with college students and young professionals, while others attract families and retirees.  According to the National Association of Realtors, the median sale price of a home in the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro area was $232,200 in the first quarter of 2017, up from $204,700 a year earlier.


What is special about Nashville

Nashville is a large city with many walkable neighborhoods.  As a cultural center is has an array of museums, art and entertainment venues, and schools of higher education. Nashville also has many parks and greenways, several modes of transportation, and all types of healthcare. And of course there's the music...


What is not special about Nashville

Nashville has a high crime rate; winters are chilly with a trace amount of snow; as a mecca for country music lovers, there are millions of tourists visiting each year.


Who will like retirement in Nashville

Those who want a vibrant town with great healthcare, many schools of higher education, transportation, sports teams, and an abundance of volunteer opportunities, would enjoy retiring in Nashville.


Local economy is driven by

Although Nashville is renowned as a music recording center and tourist destination, its largest industry is healthcare. It is home to more than 300 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the largest private operator of hospitals in the world. The city is also the center for publishing, banking and transportation industries, and of course tourism helps to drive the economy. Vanderbilt University and Medical Center is the top employer.


Climate and Physical Environment

January's average temperature is 42 degrees, and July's average is 79 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

With the nickname “Music City” and over 5,000 working musicians, the cultural scene is a lively one. Nashville also boasts a diverse assortment of entertainment, dining, ("Meat and Three" and Moon Pies), and cultural and  architectural attractions, along with sporting events. Popular sites include The Parthenon in Centennial Park (which is a full-scale copy of the original Parthenon in Athens), the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art. Outdoor recreation includes over 12,000 acres of parks and 12 golf courses.



Like many large cities, the crime rate is high.


Medical facilities

Nashville offers all types of medical facilities and is home to Vanderbilt University Medical Center.



The city is located at the crossroads of three interstates (I-24,I-40, and I-65). It has an international airport, public transportation, and is bicycle friendly with a GreenBikes program and a bicycle sharing system.


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Facts about NASHVILLE
  • State: TN
  • Environment: Urban,College Town,Cultural Center,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: jdb

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