61 Facts About Nashville


Nashville is the capital city of the U S state of Tennessee and the seat of Davidson County.

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Nashville seceded with Tennessee during the American Civil War; in 1862 it was the first state capital in the Confederacy to be taken by Union forces.

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Since 1963, Nashville has had a consolidated city-county government, which includes six smaller municipalities in a two-tier system.

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Nashville is considered a global city type "Gamma" by the GaWC as of 2020.

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Nashville is home to numerous colleges and universities, including Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Fisk University, Trevecca Nazarene University, and Lipscomb University.

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Nashville is sometimes referred to as the "Athens of the South" due to the large number of educational institutions.

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Nashville quickly grew because of its strategic location as a port on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio River; and its later status as a major railroad center.

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In 1806, Nashville was incorporated as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee.

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City government of Nashville owned 24 slaves by 1831, and 60 prior to the Civil War.

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For years Nashville was considered one of the wealthiest southern capitals and a large portion of its prominence was from the iron business.

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In February 1862, Nashville became the first Confederate state capital to fall to Union troops, and the state was occupied by Union troops for the duration of the war.

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The Battle of Nashville was a significant Union victory and perhaps the most decisive tactical victory gained by either side in the war; it was the war's final major military action in which Tennessee regiments played a large part on both sides of the battle.

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Nashville was reported to have initiated General Nathan Bedford Forrest into the vigilante organization.

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In 1873, Nashville suffered another cholera epidemic, along with towns throughout Sumner County along railroad routes and the Cumberland River.

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Nashville was a suspect in the assault of two white sisters.

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In 1963, Nashville consolidated its government with Davidson County, forming a metropolitan government.

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In 1957 Nashville desegregated its school system using an innovative grade a year plan, in response to a class action suit Kelly vs Board of Education of Nashville.

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In 1997, Nashville was awarded a National Hockey League expansion team; this was named the Nashville Predators.

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In 2013, Nashville was described as "Nowville" and "It City" by GQ, Forbes, and The New York Times.

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In 2017, Nashville's economy was deemed the third fastest-growing in the nation, and the city was named the "hottest housing market in the US" by Freddie Mac realtors.

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In May 2017, census estimates showed Nashville had passed Memphis to become most populated city in Tennessee.

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Nashville sits at the start of the Highland Rim, a geophysical region of very hilly land.

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Nashville has some stand alone hills around the city such as the hill on which the Tennessee State Capitol building sits.

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Since 2000, Nashville has seen two urban construction booms that have yielded multiple high-rises .

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In 2008, Nashville was ranked as the 18th-worst spring allergy city in the U S by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

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The Nashville region was said to be the "Number One" Metro Area for Professional and Business Service Jobs in America, ; Zillow said it had the "hottest Housing market in America".

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Many popular food companies are based in Nashville including Captain D's, Hunt Brothers Pizza, O'Charley's, Logan's Roadhouse, J Alexander's, and Stoney River Legendary Steaks.

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Nashville has been the headquarters of guitar company Gibson since 1984.

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Since the 1960s, Nashville has been the second-largest music production center in the United States.

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Nashville is home to more than 300 health care companies, including Hospital Corporation of America, the world's largest private operator of hospitals.

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Nashville is known for Southern confections, including Goo Goo Clusters, which have been made in Nashville since 1912.

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Nashville has a vibrant music and entertainment scene spanning a variety of genres.

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Nashville has an active theatre scene and is home to several professional and community theatre companies.

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Many visitors to Nashville attend live performances of the Grand Ole Opry, the world's longest-running live radio show.

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Nashville has many arts centers and museums, including the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Tennessee State Museum, the Johnny Cash Museum, Fisk University's Van Vechten and Aaron Douglas Galleries, Vanderbilt University's Fine Art Gallery and Sarratt Gallery, the National Museum of African American Music, and the full-scale replica of the Parthenon.

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Nashville has become an increasingly popular destination for bachelor and bachelorette parties.

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In 2017, Nashville Scene counted 33 bachelorette parties on Lower Broadway in less than two hours on a Friday night, and stated that the actual number was likely higher.

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Nashville is a colorful, well-known city in several different arenas.

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Nashville has additionally earned the moniker "The Hot Chicken Capital", becoming known for the local specialty cuisine hot chicken.

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The city is home to two minor league teams: the Nashville Sounds of Minor League Baseball's International League and the Music City Fire arena football team of the American Arena League.

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Nashville Sounds baseball team was established in 1978 as an expansion franchise of the Double-A Southern League.

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Nashville is the home of the second-oldest continually operating racetrack in the United States, the Fairgrounds Speedway.

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Nashville Invitational was a golf tournament on the PGA Tour from 1944 to 1946.

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Nashville is home to the NCAA college football Music City Bowl.

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Nashville Rollergirls are Nashville's only women's flat track roller derby team.

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Nashville Kangaroos are an Australian Rules Football team that compete in the United States Australian Football League.

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Nashville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court's courthouse for Middle Tennessee and the Estes Kefauver Federal Building and United States Courthouse, home of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.

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Nashville has been a Democratic stronghold since at least the end of Reconstruction, and has remained staunchly Democratic even as the state as a whole has trended strongly Republican.

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From 2003 to 2013, a sliver of southwestern Nashville was located in the 7th District, represented by Republican Marsha Blackburn.

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Nashville has been labeled the "Athens of the South" due to the many colleges and universities in the metropolitan area.

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Nashville is home to more historically Black institutions of higher education than any other city save Atlanta, Georgia: Fisk University, Tennessee State University, Meharry Medical College, and American Baptist College.

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Daily newspaper in Nashville is The Tennessean, which until 1998 competed with the Nashville Banner, another daily paper that was housed in the same building under a joint-operating agreement.

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The Nashville Pride is aimed towards community development and serves Nashville's entrepreneurial population.

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Nashville Post is an online news source covering business, politics and sports.

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Nashville is home to eleven broadcast television stations, although most households are served by direct cable network connections.

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Nashville is ranked as the 29th largest television market in the United States.

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Nashville is home to cable networks Country Music Television, among others.

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Several FM and AM radio stations broadcast in the Nashville area, including five college stations and one LPFM community radio station.

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Nashville is ranked as the 44th largest radio market in the United States.

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Nashville is centrally located at the crossroads of three Interstate Highways, I-40, I-24 and I-65 .

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Nashville is considered a gateway city for rail and air traffic for the Piedmont Atlantic Megaregion.

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