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Demographics

Population

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

Geography 2000 2014
Nashville MSA 1,311,789 1,792,649
Nashville Economic Market 1,435,577 1,894,455
Davidson County 569,927 668,347

Population Change by Decade: Nashville Region Counties

1950:
Population 321,758
1 county: Davidson

1960:
Population 463,628
3 counties: Davidson, Sumner, Wilson

1970:
Population 699,271
8 counties: Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson

1980:
Population 850,505
8 counties: Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson

1990:
Population 985,026
8 counties: Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson

2000:
Population 1,311,789
13 counties: Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Cheatham, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson, Cannon, Hickman, Macon, Smith, Trousdale

2017:
Population 1,903,045
14 counties: Davidson, Sumner, Wilson, Cheatham, Dickson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Williamson, Cannon, Hickman, Macon, Smith, Trousdale

For additional information, visit the Nashville Chamber of Commerce Regional Stats page.

Education

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.

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.

Education Level Achieved Population Percent of Total Population
Associate's Degree 90,095 7.2%
Bachelor's Degree 277,764 22.2%
Graduate or Professional Degree 150,416 12.0%
Total Population 25 years and over 1,251,203 100.0%

Source: US Census, 2016 1-Year Estimates

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.

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, Charlotte, and Austin. The overall cost of living is 96.7% of the national average. (Source: 2017 ACCRA Cost of Living Index)