Nashville is best-known for being the home base of country music. Nashville is the capital and the second most populous city of Tennessee, after Memphis. Located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state, Nashville is a major hub for the health care, music, publishing and transportation industries.
The 13-county Nashville area is one of the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan area in the state. There are lots of activities in Nashville, the cost of living is low and there is an abundance of homes for rent to suit any family's living needs.
As the home of country music, Nashville has become a major music recording and production center. Although Nashville is a tourist destination with an unparalleled music scene, its largest industry is actually health care. Nashville is home to more than 250 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the largest private operator of hospitals in the world.
The automotive industry is also becoming increasingly important for the entire Middle Tennessee region. Nissan North America moved its corporate headquarters in 2006 to Nashville. Nissan also has its largest North American manufacturing plant in Smyrna, Tennessee, a Nashville suburb.
Other major industries in Nashville include insurance, finance, and publishing, especially religious publishing. The city hosts headquarters operations for several Protestant denominations, including the United Methodist Church, Southern Baptist Convention, the National Baptist Convention and the National Association of Free Will Baptists. Fortune 500 companies within Nashville include HCA Inc. (formerly Hospital Corporation of America), Caremark Rx, and Dollar General Corporation (in nearby Goodlettsville).
Aside from the music scene in Nashville, the city has several opportunities for learning. The following schools are located within the city, or a short drive away: Vanderbilt University, Aquinas College, Belmont University, Fisk University, Lipscomb University, Meharry Medical College, Nashville School of Law, Tennessee State University, Trevecca Nazarene University, Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Cumberland University, Austin Peay State University (Clarksville) and Nashville Auto Diesel College.
Nashville is also home to the Tennessee Titans NFL Team and to the NHL's Nashville Predators. The city also sports a AAA baseball team and a developmental soccer team. The arts are alive and well in the city as well. Nashville is home to the world-renowned Schermerhorn Symphony Center as well as the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.
Nashville has a variety of housing opportunities downtown with renovated lofts, condos for rent and an assortment of apartments and apartment buildings. Convenient suburbs such as Brentwood and Franklin have upscale apartments and houses for rent. Other popular suburban areas include Hendersonville, Lebanon and Murfreesboro.