The capital of Tennessee, Nashville, is the second largest city in the state, and is famous all over the world for being one of the leading centers for the music industry in the US, especially country music. It has been given the nickname ‘the Athens of the South’ because of its reputation for being an education center in the area as well as having a full scale replica of the Parthenon and a number of other classical and neoclassical structures in the city. Expats living in Nashville will find that the city is lively and friendly, and with plenty to offer it is a desirable place to live in for many. Some of its most popular attractions include the Grand Ole Opry, which is a weekly country music concert held in the city broadcasted all over the world, as well as the Country Music Hall of Fame which celebrates the genre and its artists. There are also a wide range of other attractions and entertainment options in the city and expats living in Nashville will find plenty to enjoy, such as great dining, Civil War reconstructions, theatres, museums and more as well as a number of annual festivals and events.
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Nashville is known for having a lower cost of living than other cities in the US, whilst its residents on average also have a higher amount of disposable income. Nashville’s climate tends to feature long, hot summers with cooler winters, with the occasional snowfall, so any expatriate moving to Nashville should not forget to pack their winter woolies. The city is well known for its education, with a number of respected private and public schools in the city whilst there are also a number of universities and colleges present in the area which are worth considering for expats moving to Nashville with families. Nashville is well-connected to other parts of Tennessee and the US through road, air and rail and it is easy to get around the city itself by bus, of which there is an extensive network available.
One of the leading industries in Nashville is the music industry, and expatriates working in Nashville could find themselves employed by one of the many recording or production studios based in the city, whilst the culture around the city provides employment in the many music venues and bars present in the area. Nashville is also known for being a major hub for healthcare in Tennessee and the healthcare sector is therefore also a major employer. Other areas in which an expat may find work in include the automotive industry, finance, publishing, technology as well as of course education due to the large number of institutions in the city. To connect with fellow expats in Nashville, InterNations exists as an online community bringing expats from currently over 190 different nationalities together online in order to share information and advice. So join today and get in touch with fellow expatriates and global minds who may well be able to help you with any queries you have about living and working in Nashville or life in the US in general.