Popularly known as the “Music City,” there are many other aspects of Nashville that make it so appealing. Those of us from Nashville have an idea of what the vibrant city is known for, but we may not all know how our city relates to the entire country. Check out what makes Nashville stand out compared to other cities in the United States.
Despite Memphis, Texas and the Carolinas being well known for their barbecue styles, Nashville is the best city for barbecue. The city’s unique barbecue joints put their own spin on this classic dish. Martin’s Bar-B-Que has Redneck Tacos, while Edley’s Bar-B-Que’s Tuck Special sandwich is topped with pimento cheese.
It may be a surprise that Music City, USA came in second on America’s Best Music Cities list, losing out only to New Orleans. There are opportunities galore to see free live music, ranging from country to reggae and gospel. Nashville’s annual CMA Music Festival draws visitors worldwide. 
The new Music City Center has helped land Nashville as the third best convention city in the United States. The Music City Center is attached to the Omni Hotel and conveniently located downtown. Being connected to the recently expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and a short walk away from the vibrant honky-tonk bars, it is no wonder that many conventions are held here.
CNN has named Nashville the third best city where startups thrive. Nashville’s lower cost of living than other metropolitan areas makes it attractive and lures young entrepreneurs. The Entrepreneur Center was created here in 2010, giving investors the opportunity to provide mentoring and lend fundraising support.
Forbes estimated Nashville to be the fifth most affordable city to live in America. Healthcare, housing and food prices were all taken into consideration. Because Tennessee has no state income tax and relatively low taxes overall, a paycheck can really go a long way.
With leash-free dog parks and beautiful outdoors, Nashville slides in at ninth place for the best city to own a pet. Residents enjoy taking their furry friends to famous landmarks such as Centennial Park and Percy Warner Park.
Grab your cowboy boots and head down to Broadway for a one-of-a-kind experience. Nashville was ranked thirteenth best nightlife scene in the US. Most bars have live music every night of the week, including Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge and The Stage. Nashville’s atmosphere and ability to entertain has made it the twelfth best city for New Year’s Eve. The annual Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway grows larger each year in attendance. Nashville defies the ordinary by dropping a musical note at midnight instead of a traditional ball that you would expect in other cities.
Nashville ranked sixteenth on America’s Best Cities for Foodies. There are tons of local, one-of-a-kind restaurants, such as The Pharmacy Burger Parlor in East Nashville and Hattie B’s Hot Chicken in Midtown. The varied food possibilities here are endless.
Nashville scored the twenty-second spot for best city for sports fans. Fans go all out for the Tennessee Titans, Nashville Predators and Nashville Sounds. College fans cheer on the Vanderbilt Commodores and Belmont Bruins. If you can’t make it to a game, Nashville is equipped with many sports bars where you can grab a cold beer and devour some buffalo wings while watching.
Overall, Nashville boasts the honor of being the third best city in America, as ranked by Travel and Leisure. With free live music, sports teams, savory food, historic landmarks and much more, Nashville is a great city to visit often or reside for a lifetime. You just can’t beat this Southern city charm!
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