There are wonderful things going on in Nashville.
Thinking about moving to Nashville? Get ready for great music, world-class cuisine, bustling nightlife and tons of fun activities for the whole family. Art and culture abound here, too, with museums, theater and multicultural festivals all over the city.
The best part of the city? The friendly people who call themselves Nashville natives are more than happy to show you around.
While that’s probably the best way to learn about the city, we’ve also put together this handy guide. Read on for everything you need to know about moving to Music City.
The influx of people moving here from all over the world, coupled with a rich history, has helped shape the face of Nashville’s neighborhoods and population. Nashville has experienced incredibly rapid growth within communities surrounding the downtown area. But branch out and you’ll see more suburban areas like Franklin and Mt. Juliet on the rise, too.
Here are a few statistics to give you an idea of what the population and economy of Nashville look like:
- Population: 670,820
- Population density (people per square mile): 1,265.4
- Median income: $60,324
- Studio apartment average rent: $1,875
- One-bedroom apartment average rent: $1,746
- Two-bedroom apartment average rent: $2,127
- Cost of living index: 95.4
Popular neighborhoods in Nashville
The most popular neighborhoods in Nashville are also the trendiest. Don’t assume you have to be a mover and shaker to live there, though. The diversity within these areas shows they’re suitable for people from all walks of life and are just as popular with families with children as they are for single young professionals.
- Germantown: Conveniently located just a few blocks from downtown, Germantown was settled by German immigrants in the 1850s and has taken its place on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, this neighborhood is home to the Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park and the Tennessee State Museum, and it’s a quick 15-minute walk to the Nashville Farmer’s Market. Because of its heritage, you’d better believe Germantown throws a huge Octoberfest. The celebration draws roughly 300,000 people each year for authentic German food, beer, oompah bands and lederhosen.
- 12 South: The 12 South area is becoming an increasingly family-friendly area. In the summertime, a trip to Jeni’s Ice Cream Parlor or Las Paletas on the way to Sevier Park is a favorite ritual. Great restaurants and bars line the streets (brunch is huge around here) and among the quaint shops, you can buy some southern-inspired clothes at Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James.
- Midtown: Because of its proximity to Vanderbilt University and Medical Center, Midtown’s sidewalks are bustling with visiting academics, students, business executives and lots of doctors and nurses. It’s walkability to downtown, Music Row, Hillsboro Village and West End makes it an ideal place to stay for out-of-towners. That’s why you’ll find an array of great hotels and an abundance of modern restaurants hosting rock-star chefs.
- Charlotte Pike: Running from the heart of downtown out west to the suburb of Bellevue, this neighborhood, also called The Nations, has only recently registered on the radar of people looking for great areas to live in Nashville. It’s highly walkable and hosts breweries, coffee houses, great dining and a load of funky thrift shops.
- Bellevue: Once a well-kept secret for families looking to relocate somewhere quieter yet still close to the city, Bellevue has blown up into a hotspot for single professionals, as well. Part of the reason for this influx of residents is a brand new outdoor “lifestyle center,” featuring hot restaurants, a mega AMC theater, tons of shopping, salons, a boutique motel and luxury condos. It also sports a small outdoor music venue where anyone can come show off their chops. With all the excitement, it’s no wonder National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators opened a training center here.
The pros of moving to Nashville
Nashvillians are friendly and more than happy to help transplants from other cities get comfortable. From amazing parks and wildlife to concert and sports venues sure to impress, there are plenty of reasons you should seriously consider moving to Nashville.
Outdoor activities await
With a huge selection of city parks and recreation areas, Nashville is a great place to live if you’re a nature lover or prefer outdoor sports.
Industry is everywhere
Giants like Amazon, Bridgestone Americas, Nissan North America, HCA Healthcare and Dell have offices here, and you’ll find help wanted in manufacturing, healthcare and finance. The job market is ripe with opportunities, and there’s never been a better time to find a job in Nashville than now.
Fantastic metro-hosted events for the whole family
Nashville can sure throw a party, and everyone’s invited. Swing dancing and jazz in the park, full moon hikes, bluegrass “pickin’ parties,” street fairs, art crawls, community picnics — you name it, we’ll celebrate it.
The cons of moving to Nashville
Like every city, Nashville has a few minor things that residents will tell you can be challenging to navigate.
Rising property prices
That booming job market comes with its share of downsides, including rising property values and rental rates. While we’re still not as pricey as larger cities, if you’re on the fence about moving here, we suggest getting on the Nashville train now.
Another side-effect of robust growth: terrible traffic. Nashvillians spent about 34 hours in traffic congestion in 2019, according to INRIX. Between the hours of 7-9 a.m. and 4-7 p.m., there are areas where it pays to know the side streets.
Yet another side effect of a booming city is lots of new construction and related noise, particularly downtown and in the Gulch and Midtown areas.
How to get started on your move to Nashville
Because Nashville is so rich in culture, history, natural oases and fine dining, we’re pretty confident that you’ll fall in love with it from your first visit. No matter what neighborhood you choose, you can’t go wrong, and we’re here to help you plan your move.
Visit our Moving Center, where you’ll find free quotes and information about the apartments available.
Rent prices are based on a rolling weighted average from Apartment Guide and Rent.com’s multifamily rental property inventory of one-bedroom apartments. Data was pulled in December 2020 and goes back for one year. We use a weighted average formula that more accurately represents price availability for each individual unit type and reduces the influence of seasonality on rent prices in specific markets.
Population and income numbers are from the U.S. Census Bureau.
Cost of living data comes from the Council for Community and Economic Research.
The rent information included in this article is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.