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Best Cities 2010: Nashville, TN

City: Nashville

State: Tennessee

Best Cities Overall Rank: 65

About Nashville:

Nashville is not only filled with musical history, but history ranging from Civil War battles to the 1897 World's Fair. Throughout the city you can visit the Grand Ole Opry Museum and numerous historic homes such as the Carnton Plantation.

Nashville has one quality children's hospital and five quality pediatricians, giving the city a health rank of 52 among the healthiest cities to live in.

County: Davidson

Population: 596,462

Official website for city visitors' bureau/city: Visitors' bureau website 

Newspaper with the largest circulation: The Tennessean 

Nashville blogs:

Tennessean Education blog

Ms. Cheap

Blonde Mom Blog

Nashville's Facebook page: Follow Nashville on Facebook 

Nashville's Twitter page: Follow Nashville on Twitter 


Education rank: 84

High School graduation rate 2008: 72.6%

Blue Ribbon Schools, 2003-2009: 1

Blue Ribbon Schools per 100,000 people: 0.17

NEAYC-accredited preschools: 12

NAEYC schools per 100,000 people: 2.01

NAEP State proficiency reading, grade 8: 261

Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 14.6

Total Expenditures Per Student: $9,627


Health rank: 62

Quality children's hospitals: 1

Hospitals per 100,000 people: 0.17

Quality Pediatricians: 5

Quality Pediatricians per 100,000: 0.84

Average number of Unhealthy Air Quality days between 2006-2008, by county: 0.67


Safety rank: 65

Violent Crimes, 2008: 8,404

Violent Crime Rate per 100,000: 1,408.97

Sex Offenders: 600

Sex Offenders per 100,000: 100.59


Economy rank: 52           

Travel time to work, 2006-2008, in minutes: 23.2 

Percent of labor force unemployed, January 2010: 10           

Best Performing Cities Job Index: 972.92

Median Home Sale Price: $144,600                         

5-Year Home Value Index: 1.52%                         

Percent of homes sold for a loss: 16.6%           


Recreation Rank: 32

Parkland acreage, 2008 (includes pools and playgrounds): 10,392           

Parkland per 100,000: 1,742.27