Nashville and Middle Tennessee have obviously been hot targets for transplants over the past few years. A recent Tennessean article even speculated that up to 100 new people move to the metro area every DAY. So why are they moving here? There are probably a hundred reasons, but today we’ll look at 10 reasons why YOU should move to Middle Tennessee in 2016:
1) The music. Of course you already know about the county music – the honky tonks on Broadway and Second Avenue, the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Grand Ole Opry. But don’t forget about the jazz, rock and alternative music you’ll find at places like Ascend Amphitheater and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
2) The food. Top chefs and restauranteurs are flocking to Nashville to create amazing venues like Rolf & Daughters, Husk and The 404 Kitchen. But you’ll also still find the same casual hot chicken and “meat and three” joints that have been Middle Tennessee staples for years.
3) The education. Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, Tennessee State and Trevecca are all top higher education options in their respective classes. You’ll also find some of the top public school systems in the state in cities like Franklin and Murfreesboro.
4) The weather. With a year-long mild climate, Middle Tennessee is the ideal location for someone wanting four seasons without extreme heat or cold. In fact, the year-round average temperature is a pleasant 60 degrees.
5) The healthcare. Top hospitals like Vanderbilt and Saint Thomas offer some of the best care in the United States while hospital groups like HCA provide a wide range of job opportunities.
6) The sports. Nashville’s own NHL Predators almost made it to the finals this year while the NFL Titans keep Middle Tennessee entertained throughout the fall and winter. Plus there’s a minor league baseball team with a brand-new stadium as well a professional soccer team headed to the city in 2018.
7) The history. Whether it’s civil rights or civil war history you’re interested in, Middle Tennessee offers a wealth of options for learning more. Start with a visit to the site of The Battle of Franklin or The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s home.
8) The location. With an international airport with direct flights to most of the nation’s major cities (plus some Caribbean locations!) and direct access to many major interstates, you can get just about anywhere quickly and affordably.
9) The jobs. Nashville (including the areas of Murfreesboro and Franklin) was just named 5th in job growth and 10th in prosperity among U.S. metro areas, according to the Metro Monitor report by Brookings. Plus major companies are continuing to move their national and international headquarters here, creating more and more jobs every year.
10) The housing. The housing market in Middle Tennessee is hot, but you’re not too late to jump in! With interest rates still at an all-time low, you’re sure to find exactly what you’re looking for in Nashville and its surrounding areas.
Why are YOU moving to Middle Tennessee in 2016?