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Overview of Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Nashville, Tennessee, United States is the state's capital and is the county seat of Davidson County. Nashville is the second largest city per population next to Memphis. Nashville's total population is just over 619,626 inhabitants. The city of Nashville is located in the north-central part of Tennessee and is situated on the Cumberland River and Davidson County. Nashville's economy is comprised of health care, the music industry, publishing, banking and transportation industries.

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  • Population: 619,626
  • Population Density: 1,233.8/mi²
  • Area: 526.1 /mi²
  • Latitude: 36.166667
  • Longitude: -86.783333
  • Weather: See Forecast
  • Elevation: 597 feet
  • Time Zone: Central Standard Time
  • Language: English
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History of Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, TN was founded in 1779 by James Robertson, John Donelson and Wataugans. Nashville was originally called Fort Nashborough, after the American Revolutionary War combatant Francis Nash. Nashville became incorporated as a city and identified as the county seat of Davidson County in 1806. It was not until 1843 that Nashville was crowned the capital of Tennessee. Nashville became known as "Music City U.S.A." in 1925 with the thriving, country music scene and the Grand Ole Opry. In 1963, Nashville and Davidson County formed to become the nation's first metropolitan government.

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Nashville's Demographics

Nashville's total population has grown to over 619,626. The cultural diversity of Nashville consists of 66.99% Caucasian, 25.92% African American, and 2.33% Asian with smaller percentages of Hispanic, Latino and Native American. The city's population density was 1,134.6 people per square mile.

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Nashville's Climate

Nashville has a humid sub-tropical climate, with hot humid temperatures reaching up towards 89 degrees Fahrenheit during the summer. The winter season is usually chilly with average temperatures dipping down below 28 degrees Fahrenheit. The spring and fall seasons generally produce mild temperatures, however are prone to sever thunderstorm warnings. Nashville's annual precipitation is 48.11 inches. The city's annual snowfall is approximately nine inches from January to February.

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Education in Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is served by the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools system. There are about eight private schools in and around Nashville. Nashville provides many colleges and universities in the area and here are just a few of them: American Baptist College, Aquinas College, Nashville State Community College, Strayer University, Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, University of Phoenix and Vanderbilt University etc. Enrollment in post-secondary education in the city is around 43,000.

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Transportation around Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville International Airport serves Nashville and surrounding areas. The airport used to be a hub for American Airlines between 1986 and 1995 and is now a mini-hub for Southwest Airlines. Interstate Highways: I-40, I-24, and I-65. Interstate 440 is a bypass route connecting I-40, I-65, and I-24 south of downtown Nashville. The Metropolitan Transit Authority offers bus transit within Nashville.

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Tourism and Attractions of Nashville

Nashville is famous for The Country Music Hall of Fame, the Grand Ole Opry and the Belcourt Theater. See Nashville's fashion trends at the city's local shopping and retail centers. Discover Nashville's amusement by going out to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center theatre or the Tennessee State Museum gallery of fine arts. Grab a delicious meal at any of Nashville's local restaurants for that perfect dining experience. Afterwards, go on downtown to visit Nashville's bars and nightclubs.

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Surrounding Communities

  • Nashville
  • Arrington
  • Ashland City
  • Belle Meade
  • Berrys
  • Bethlehem
  • Brentwood
  • Chape
  • Clovercroft
  • Franklin
  • Gladeville
  • Goodlettsville
  • Greenbrire
  • Green Hill
  • Hendersonville
  • Laguardo
  • Lakewood
  • La Vergne
  • Pegram
  • Ridgetoop
  • Martha
  • Millersville
  • Mount Juilet
  • Madison
  • Nolensville
  • Shacklett
  • Smyrna

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Geography of Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville has a total area of 526.1 square miles with 23.9 square miles of it is water.

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Nashville's Government

Nashville's municipal mayor is Democrat Karl Dean. Nashville is governed by a mayor, vice-mayor, and 40-member Metropolitan Council. It practices the strong-mayor form of the mayor-council system. The Metro Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., according to the Metropolitan Charter.

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Nashville's Economy and Industry

Nashville is widely known as "the home of country music". The city has become a major music recording and production location. As of 2006, Nashville's music industry is estimated to have a total economic effect of $6.4 billion per year and to contribute 19,000 jobs to the city. Nashville also has the largest health care industry with more than 250 health care companies in the city. As of 2006, the health care industry contributes approximately $18.3 billion per year and 94,000 jobs to Nashville's economy. The automotive industry has also taken precedence in the city. Insurance, financing and publishing are all major contributors to Nashville's economy.

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Nashville's Culture and Significant Events

Christian pop music industry is situated along Nashville's Music Row. Jazz has made a great influence in the Nashville music scene. Many jazz bands come to perform for the city's residents and visitors. The Gospel Music Association Dove Awards are held annually each April at various locations including the Grand Ole Opry or the Ryman Auditorium. The CMA Music Festival is an annual four day event each June featuring performances by country music stars, autograph signings, artist/fan interaction, and other fun activities for country music fans. The Nashville Film Festival is held each annually for a week in April. It is one of the biggest film festivals in the southern states and features hundreds of independent films.

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Sports in Nashville, Tennessee

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Media of Nashville

The following newspapers are available to Nashville and surrounding area: The Tennessean, NashvillePost.com and the Nashville Scene etc. There are many local radio stations in Nashville with a wide variety of music formats.

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