Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville, Tennessee
Consolidated city-county
Metropolitan Government of
Nashville and Davidson County
From top left: 2nd Avenue, Kirkland Hall at Vanderbilt University, the Parthenon, the Nashville skyline, Nissan Stadium, Dolly Parton performing at the Grand Ole Opry, and Ryman Auditorium
From top left: 2nd Avenue, Kirkland Hall at Vanderbilt University, the Parthenon, the Nashville skyline, Nissan Stadium, Dolly Parton performing at the Grand Ole Opry, and Ryman Auditorium
Flag of Nashville, Tennessee
Official seal of Nashville, Tennessee
Nickname(s): Music City, Athens of the South
Location of the consolidated city-county in the state of Tennessee.
Location of the consolidated city-county in the state of Tennessee.
Nashville is located in Tennessee
Location in Tennessee, United States & North America
Nashville is located in the US
Nashville (the US)
Nashville is located in North America
Nashville (North America)
Coordinates: 36°10′00″N 86°47′00″W / 36°10′00″N 86°47′00″W / 36.16667; -86.78333
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Davidson
Founded 1779
Incorporated 1806
Named for Francis Nash
 • Mayor Megan Barry ( D [1])
 • Vice Mayor David Briley
Area [2]
 •  Consolidated 525.94 sq mi (1,362.2 km2)
 • Land 504.03 sq mi (1,305.4 km2)
 • Water 21.91 sq mi (56.7 km2)
Elevation 597 ft (182 m)
Population (2016) [a] [3] [4] [5]
 •  Consolidated 684,410
 • Density 1,300/sq mi (500/km2)
 •  Metro 1,830,345
 •  Balance 660,388
Demonym(s) Nashvillian
Time zone CST ( UTC-6)
 • Summer ( DST) CDT ( UTC-5)
ZIP codes 37201-37250
Area code(s) 615 and 629
Interstates I-40, I-24, I-65, and I-440
Other main roadways US 31, US 31W, US 31E, US 41, US 70, SR 155
Waterways Cumberland River
Public transit Nashville MTA
Regional rail Music City Star

Nashville ( l/) is the capital and most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the seat of Davidson County. [6] It is located on the Cumberland River in northern Middle Tennessee. The city is a center for the music, [7] healthcare, publishing, private prison, [8] banking and transportation industries, and is home to numerous colleges and universities.

Since 1963, Nashville has had a consolidated city-county government, which includes six smaller municipalities in a two-tier system. The city is governed by a mayor, a vice-mayor, and a 40-member Metropolitan Council; 35 of the members are elected from single-member districts, while the other five are elected at-large. Reflecting the city's position in state government, Nashville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court's courthouse for Middle Tennessee. According to 2016 estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, the total consolidated city-county population stood at 684,410. [3] The "balance" population, which excludes semi-independent municipalities within Davidson County, was 660,388. [5] [9] The 2015 population of the entire 13-county Nashville metropolitan area was 1,830,345, making it the largest metropolitan statistical area in Tennessee. [4] The 2015 population of the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Columbia combined statistical area, a larger trade area, was 1,951,644. [10]


The town of Nashville was founded by James Robertson, John Donelson, and a party of Overmountain Men in 1779, near the original Cumberland settlement of Fort Nashborough. It was named for Francis Nash, the American Revolutionary War hero. Nashville quickly grew because of its strategic location, accessibility as a port on the Cumberland River, a tributary of the Ohio River; and its later status as a major railroad center. By 1800, the city had 345 residents, including 136 African American slaves and 14 free blacks. [11] In 1806, Nashville was incorporated as a city and became the county seat of Davidson County, Tennessee. In 1843, the city was named the permanent capital of the state of Tennessee.

Nashville riverfront shortly after the American Civil War

By 1860, when the first rumblings of secession began to be heard across the South, antebellum Nashville was a prosperous city. The city's significance as a shipping port made it a desirable prize as a means of controlling important river and railroad transportation routes. In February 1862, Nashville became the first state capital to fall to Union troops. The state was occupied by Union troops for the duration of the war. The Battle of Nashville (December 15–16, 1864) was a significant Union victory and perhaps the most decisive tactical victory gained by either side in the war; it was also the war's final major military action, which afterward became almost entirely a war of attrition consisting largely of guerrilla raids and small skirmishes, with the Confederate forces in the Deep South almost constantly in retreat.

Within a few years after the Civil War, the Nashville chapter of the Ku Klux Klan was founded by Confederate veteran John W. Morton. [12]

Meanwhile, the city had reclaimed its important shipping and trading position and developed a solid manufacturing base. The post–Civil War years of the late 19th century brought new prosperity to Nashville and Davidson County. These healthy economic times left the city with a legacy of grand classical-style buildings, including the Parthenon in Centennial Park, which can still be seen around the downtown area. [13]

20th century

Circa 1950 the state legislature approved a new city charter that provided for the election of city council members from single-member districts, rather than at-large voting. This change was supported because at-large voting diluted the minority population's political power in the city. They could seldom gain a majority of the population to support a candidate of their choice.[ citation needed] Apportionment under the single-member districts meant that some districts had black majorities. In 1951, after passage of the new charter, African-American attorneys Z. Alexander Looby and Robert E. Lillard were elected to the city council. [14]

The years after World War II were a time of rapid suburbanization as new housing was built outside the city limits. This resulted in a demand for many new schools and other support facilities, which the county found difficult to provide. At the same time, suburbanization led to a declining tax base in the city, although many suburban residents used unique city amenities and services supported only by city taxpayers. After years of discussion, a referendum was held in 1958 on the issue of consolidating city and county government. It failed to gain approval although it was supported by elected leaders of both jurisdictions: County Judge Beverly Briley of Davidson and Mayor Ben West of Nashville. [15]

Following the referendum's failure, Nashville annexed some 42 square miles of suburban jurisdictions to expand its tax base. This increased uncertainty among residents, and created resentment among many suburban communities. Under the second charter for metropolitan government, which was approved in 1962, two levels of service provision were proposed: the General Services District and the Urban Services District, to provide for a differential in tax levels. Residents of the Urban Services District had a full range of city services. The areas that made up the General Services District, however, had a lower tax rate until full services were provided. [15] This helped reconcile aspects of services and taxation among the differing jurisdictions within the large metro region.

On April 19, 1960, African-American council member Looby's house was bombed by segregationists. [16] Protesters marched to the city hall the next day, and Mayor Ben West said he supported the de-segregation of lunch counters. [17]

In 1963, Nashville consolidated its government with Davidson County, forming a metropolitan government. The membership on the Metro Council, the legislative body, was increased from 21 to 40 seats. Of these, five members are elected at-large and 35 are elected from single-member districts, each to serve a term of four years. [15]

On April 8, 1967, a riot occurred on the college campuses of Fisk University and Tennessee State University after Stokely Carmichael spoke at Vanderbilt University. [18] Although it was viewed as a "race riot", it had classist characteristics. [18]

In 1979, the Ku Klux Klan burnt crosses outside two African-American locations in Nashville, including the Nashville headquarters of the NAACP. [19]

Since the 1970s, the city and county have experienced tremendous growth, particularly during the economic boom of the 1990s under the leadership of then-Mayor and later- Tennessee Governor, Phil Bredesen. He made urban renewal a priority, and fostered the construction or renovation of several city landmarks, including the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, the downtown Nashville Public Library, the Bridgestone Arena, and Nissan Stadium.[ citation needed]

Nissan Stadium (formerly Adelphia Coliseum and LP Field) was built after the National Football League's (NFL) Houston Oilers agreed to move to the city in 1995. The NFL team debuted in Nashville in 1998 at Vanderbilt Stadium, and Nissan Stadium opened in the summer of 1999. The Oilers changed their name to the Tennessee Titans and finished the season with the Music City Miracle and a close Super Bowl game in which the St. Louis Rams' win was secured in the last play.[ citation needed]

In 1997, Nashville was awarded a National Hockey League expansion team; this was named the Nashville Predators. Since the 2003–04 season, the Predators have made the playoffs all but three seasons. In 2017, they made the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in franchise history, but ultimately fell to the Pittsburgh Penguins, 4 games to 2, in the best-of-seven series.[ citation needed]

21st century

The city bounced back with relative ease from the Great Recession. In March 2012, a Gallup poll ranked Nashville in its top five regions for job growth. [20]

In 2013, Nashville was described as "Nowville" and "It City" by GQ, Forbes and The New York Times. [21] [22] [23]

Nashville elected its first female mayor, Megan Barry, on September 25, 2015. [24] As a council member, Barry had previously performed the first same-sex wedding in Nashville on June 26, 2015. [25]

In 2017, Nashville's economy was deemed the third fastest growing in the nation, [26] and also was named the "hottest housing market in the US" by Freddie Mac realtors. [27]

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