Skip to Content
Mayor's Office

Facts about Nashville

  • Elevation: 550 feet (168 meters) at the lowest point; 1,100 feet (336 meters) at the highest point of the rim around the Nashville basin.
  • Time: Central Standard early November through mid-March; Central Daylight: April through October.
  • Nashville is the nation's city with the second largest land mass, totaling 533 square miles.
  • Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) is comprised of 13 counties: Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, Wilson.



The following is a chart of the total population in Nashville including population changes over the region.

Geography 2000 2010
Nashville MSA 1,311,789 1,593,050
Nashville Economic Market 1,435,577 1,755,446
Davidson County 569,927 626,681

The following information was obtained from the Nashville Chamber of Commerce site.

Percentage Population Change by Decade: Nashville Region Counties

Nashville MSA Population Graph


Nashville is often called the "Athens of the South" because of the concentration of schools of higher learning in the city. The Nashville Chamber provides information about the educational attainment, colleges and universities, and the talent pipeline. Visit their page for more information.

Over 100,000 students are enrolled in colleges and universities in the Nashville region annually. With over 30% of adults holding a bachelor's degree including over 110,000 adults with graduate or professional degrees, Nashville is uniquely positioned to provide a strong and educated workforce.

Population 25 Years and Over 1,050,705 100.0%
Associate's Degree 70,830 6.7%
Bachelor's Degree 200,598 19.1%
Graduate or Professional Degree 111,098 10.6%

Source: US Census, 2010

Nashville has one public school system serving the entire county. Metro Nashville Public Schools offers classes from Pre-K through high school including magnet schools, enhanced option, charter schools, and many other great choices. Visit the Mayor's Office of Children and Youth page to learn more.

Cost of Living

Nashville consistently ranks among the lowest for cost-of-living in comparable cities across the nation ranking more cost-efficient than Atlanta, Austin, Tampa and Indianapolis. The overall cost of living is 88.9% of the national average. (Source: 2010 ACCRA Cost of Living Index) All components (groceries, housing, utilities, etc.) of cost-of-living are typically below the national average.


Nashville Chamber

Visit the Nashville Chamber of Commerce for more interactive information on research and mapping.