Newcomers soon discover what Middle Tennessee residents already know: Few regions in the nation can rival Nashville for excitement and breathtaking natural beauty. Dubbed the "Music City" for its musical influences, Nashville is the engine that drives Middle Tennessee’s economy.
Surrounding the City of Nashville, expansive counties sprawl over scenic terrain in every direction. Transportation improvements and new thoroughfares have made it possible for commuters to consider settling into lovely new subdivisions and master-planned communities. Just a short drive from Metro Nashville, are other rapid-growth communities like Franklin, Hendersonville, Gallatin and Mt. Juliet.
Middle Tennessee residents are serious about quality education, evidenced by highly respected public and private schools as well as internationally recognized institutions of higher education. A network of public universities, private institutes, independent colleges, and strategically located community college campuses to ensure opportunities close to home. Vanderbilt University, Middle Tennessee State University, Belmont University, Lipscomb University and Nashville Auto-Diesel College are just a few of the major institutions that are located in the region.
Healthcare facilities are no less prolific or prestigious, encompassing teaching hospitals, research institutes, centers of excellence, region medical centers, and support services of every type. Progressive healthcare systems ensure well-managed hospitals that excel in innovation.
Serving residents and businesses alike, the region provides a comprehensive network of transportation facilities. The Nashville International Airport has earned top rankings in a variety of categories. Efficient light rail service has joined a fleet of buses as a mass transit option offered in Metro Nashville.
Newcomers to Middle Tennessee communities who are relocating from other large metropolitan areas will be pleased at the extraordinary value of the region's housing. Homes vary from cozy bungalows nestled in tree-shaded neighborhoods to country estates set on several acres of prime property. In the rural areas, horse properties or small farms offer the finest in country living. At the same time, handsome new residential developments are springing up throughout the area for a full complement of architectural styles and price ranges. Urban, historic, suburban, rural, waterfront, and every possible blending of these environments are possible in Middle Tennessee.
Regardless of the community you select as the place to call home, you can enjoy quick and easy access to exceptional cultural attractions and recreational opportunities. Cheering on professional sports teams is a way of life—a spectator mania induced by exciting major-league teams like the Tennessee Titans, the Nashville Predators and the Nashville Sounds. Residents will take advantage of the region's outstanding lakes and streams or explore the backcountry.
When shopping is the game, the entire area becomes the playing field. Quaint historical communities harbor antique districts, while stunning regional malls cover over one million square feet with leading retailers, restaurants, and theaters.
Families will discover zoos, gardens, sports leagues and recreation programs, youth centers, science museums, planetariums, and historic sites that offer special events and attractions. Those who appreciate the arts can look forward to fine museums, elegant venues, spectacular galleries, and leading groups for every performing art. From its breathtaking natural beauty to the unparalleled quality of life, Nashville and Middle Tennessee is a wonderland of delights just waiting to be explored and savored.