For decades, Nashville has been associated with one thing, and one thing only: good, old-fashioned honky-tonk country music. From power couples like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill to a new generation of performers like Taylor Swift, Nashville has played home to some of the hottest music acts on the planet - if you like country, that is.
Recently, other stars have started to take notice. Miley Cyrus has reportedly looked into moving there, but that could be explained away by her connection to 90's country star, Billy Ray Cyrus. Nicole Kidman is a recent resident, but, once again, she's married to Keith Urban. Still, Dolly Parton has called Nashville home, along with Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd, Amy Grant, and others, making Nashville a veritable hub of mega-star power.
So why are so many people moving there? Let's look at a few possibilities.
Maybe It's the Housing Market
Superstars aren't like the rest of us. Whereas mere mortals have to worry about mortgages, home insurance, and rising property tax rates, most celebrities have financial people to handle that part of their life for them. Stars like Dolly Parton show up and sign on the dotted line.
But there's no mistaking that Nashville is one of the best places in America to buy a home right now. Ranked #4 best city for jobs in 2016 and #3 boom town nationwide, the real estate market in Nashville has never been better. An astonishing 0% of residents are delinquent on their mortgage, which is absurd when the national average is closer to 5.1%. Moreover, only 0.1% of homes have any negative equity at all, making Nashville the #7 "real estate market to watch" in the country, according to PWC and Urban Land Institute.
Maybe It's the Job Opportunities
Let's face it: Tim McGraw and Faith Hill are not moving to Nashville to look for jobs. What they would find in Nashville, however, is a city that plays home to some of the largest national corporations in the country, such as Cracker Barrel, Nissan, Shoneys, and Kroger. Which one of them might be looking for a spokesperson soon?
Celebrities are also pushing for opportunities to invest, and Nashville provides plenty of such options. Armed with an A+ rating for small businesses by the Better Business Bureau, Nashville is home to some of the hottest tech startups outside of Silicon Valley. Gun.io, Gamewisp, Shorebird, and Initial State are just a few that celebrities like Amy Grant can put their money towards.
Maybe It's the Entertainment
Having a reputation as the country music capital of the world may be great for stars like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, but Nashville has worked hard to shed that title in favor of merely "Music City." With venues like The Basement, Bluebird Cafe, and the Nashville Jazz Workshop, Nashville has over 120 music venues with which to choose from on any given night.
Prefer to take in several days of music instead of a single night? Try one of their several festivals, such as St. Jude Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and the Music City Irish Fest. With dozens of more options to choose from, even the most eclectic music lover can find something that suits their tastes.
Maybe It's the Food States Tammy From Tn Nursery That Drives People To Nashville
Tennessee is located in the South, which means you'll have more than your fair share of BBQ options - convenient since Nashville is ranked the #1 city in the nation for BBQ by Travel + Leisure. Rachael Ray agrees, calling it one of the best cities for food and a USA Today Readers' Choice Award ranked Nashville as the #3 Best Local Food Scene in the Country.
If you're not convinced, try the Music City Food + Wine Festival that happens every September, states Garden Delights Nursery, ranked #3 food festival in the nation by USA Today and #1 by Fodor's Travel. Between BBQ joints like Hog Heaven, fine dining establishments like Etch, and Dunn Brother's Coffee, celebrities like Miley Cyrus have plenty of options to choose from.
Maybe It's the Outdoor Activities
While stars like Wynonna Judd and Ashley Judd may be more comfortable in the Lower Broadway section of Nashville among sites like the Paradise Park and Tin Roof Broadway, there are also a plethora of options should they choose to head to the great outdoors. The Urban Riverfront Park is a fantastic place to spend a summer evening, or perhaps a bike ride through the Natchez Trace Parkway or Percy and Edwin Warner Parks. Over a million people visit Nashville Parks every year, which may be why people like Nicole Kidman have chosen to make it their home.
The weather could not be more perfect for an outdoor haven like Nashville. The average highs are around 70 degrees, and low average stays about 49, making for an average temperature year-round of 59 degrees: not too hot and not too cold. There's a reason why celebrities have chosen to leave the hustle and bustle of L.A. life and head out East for the great city of Nashville; maybe it's a combination of all of the above?
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