Famed as Music City USA, Nashville, TN is a place of pilgrimage for music fans the world over. Nashville can boast of legendary musical attractions such as the Grand Ole Opry, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and RCA's historic Studio B on Music Row, where Elvis Presley made over 200 of his recordings. Other attractions in the Nashville, TN region are the Belle Meade Plantation, famed for breeding thoroughbred horses such as champions War Admiral and Seabiscuit, and The Hermitage, home of President Andrew Jackson.
Nashville, TN has a population of over 1.3 million people. Its biggest city is Tennessee state capital Nashville-Davidson, or Metro-Nashville (pop. 511,263). Next biggest are the cities of Murfreesboro (pop. 59,506) and Hendersonville (pop. 38,085).
Nashville's employment picture is diverse:
- The Leisure, Hospitality, and Retail industries accounted for over 21% of jobs in the Nashville, TN region, not surprising as the Nashville area sees close to 10 million visitors a year.
- The Social Services, Education, and Health care fields are also major Nashville employers, providing about 20% of the jobs in the area.
- Professional and management work accounted for the most number of jobs at 35%.
- Sales and various office occupations employ another 28%.
Job prospects are good for Nashville, TN, with Forbes Magazine predicting that Nashville will be one of the 25 US cities with the fastest job growth rate during the next 5 years. A prediction that isn't exactly surprising, given the major companies headquartered in the Nashville area:
- Bridgestone/Firestone USA
- Dollar General
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