Traveling to or moving to any new area blindly is never a good idea, regardless of the city. This couldn’t be more true for an ever-changing, vibrant, and energetic city such as Nashville.

Familiarizing yourself with the cost of living, crime statistics, or even the weather can make a huge difference in your experience as a tourist or a new Nashville resident.

In the sections below, we’ve collected the latest data on the city of Nashville in just about every area imaginable. We’ve arranged this data in a digestible format so that you can begin your Music City adventure prepared for any possible challenges that may lie ahead on your journey.

Table Of Contents

Travel & Tourism Statistics

Nashville is well known for being a historical city, as well as having a vibrant music and foodie scene. It prides itself on being home to many world-famous museums, restaurants, venues, and other attractions, making it a beloved tourist destination for over a century.

1. Nashville is ranked amongst the ten most popular tourist destinations in the country, according to a study conducted by Family Destinations Guide. According to the study, Nashville is situated at number six on the list, outperforming Orlando[1].

1. Nashville is ranked amongst the ten most popular tourist destinations in the country, according to a study conducted by Family Destinations Guide. According to the study, Nashville is situated at number six on the list, outperforming Orlando[1].

2. In 2022, Nashville saw 14.4 million tourists. Comparatively, the US city with the most tourists averaging annually at 61 million people is New York City[2].

3. Tourism is one of the leading industries for Nashville at 10.6% of the city’s income, generating 9.3 billion dollars in 2022[2].

4. Tennessee outperformed the national tourism average in 2021, with Nashville contributing the most tourism revenue in the state[3].

5. Nashville averages a tourism revenue of 20 million dollars per day, according to a 2021 study[4].

6. In 2022, Nashville sold a record-breaking 9.5 million hotel rooms and 2023 data indicates that record will be exceeded again[5].

7. America’s Library estimates approximately one million people visit The Grand Ole Opry alone every year, making it one of the most popular privately owned tourist destinations in the country[6].

8. Nashville residents who work in the tourism industry are in the 25th percentile of paid workers making an estimated average of 62,000 dollars per year[7].

9. One of the leading reasons tourists have for visiting Nashville is to host bachelor and bachelorette parties. Nashville claims the world title for most bachelor and bachelorette parties per capita – between 4,000 and 5,000 parties per month[8].

10. Nashville receives 4.9 million airline travelers per year, making it one of the top modes of transportation among tourists[9].

Population Statistics

11. Nashville is the largest city in Tennessee and is expected to continue growing in the years to come[10].

12. Nashville is the 25th largest city (by population) in the US[11].

13. As of 2023, the population of Nashville sits at 658,525[12].

14. Nashville ranked 175 out of nearly 300 hundred growing cities in Tennessee according to the most recent data[13].

15. When considering the Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Franklin metropolitan area, the population sits at 2.01 million people[14].

16. As of 2021, Nashville was the fifth fastest-growing metropolitan area in the US[15].

17. The population of Nashville has been steadily increasing every decade since 1970[15].

18. The last decade where the population of Nashville decreased was 1960 - 1970 when there was only about a 4,000-person decrease[15].

19. As of 2020, the average population density of Nashville is 1,449.1 per square mile[16].

20. According to the most recent publicly available data published in 2011, there were 9,601 babies born in Davidson County that year[17].

21. According to the most recent publicly available mortality rate report of Davidson County, there were 5,077 deaths in 2013[18].

Crime Statistics

22. Crime in Nashville has gotten increasingly worse over the last few years. The rates for both violent and property crime are above the national average[19].

23. However, this doesn’t mean that Nashville is a dangerous place to move to or visit. In fact, you’re generally safer in Nashville than several other Tennesee cities such as Memphis which had 20.71 violent crimes per 1,000 residents[19].

24. Compare this to Nashville, which saw 11.87 violent crimes per 1,000 residents[20].

25. As a tourist, you may also be relieved to know that a large majority of Nashville’s crime lies outside of the more popular tourist destinations. The safest neighborhoods in Nashville include the West End, where you can find the capitol and Centennial Park, and the Hillsboro-Belmont neighborhood where you can find many popular museums and restaurants[21].

26. In contrast, there are a few neighborhoods to avoid. Most of these are in residential neighborhoods, outside anywhere a tourist might be. These areas include Salemtown, West Meade, and Heron Walk[21].

27. Murders, though rare, happen in Nashville, just like any other city. In 2022, there were 105 homicides in Nashville[22].

28. Property crime in Nashville has risen slightly over the last few years. In 2022, Nashville saw 36.74 property crimes per 1,000 residents[20].

29. In 2020, there was about one DUI arrest per 1,000 residents in Nashville. As much as Nashville has a reputation for being a party city, this is much lower than the national average[23].

30. There were approximately 3,575 domestic violence victims in 2022[24].

31. In 2021, there were 1,643 robberies in the Nashville metropolitan area. This was down by over 8% from the previous year[24].

32. Motor vehicle theft is also down in Nashville. In 2021, there were 2,998 motor vehicle thefts[24].

33. In 2021, there were 19,436 larceny offenses in Nashville[24].

Diversity Statistics

34. Many people don’t realize it, but Nashville is one of the most diverse cities in the country. Specifically, it ranks as 24th in overall diversity for the country using age, race, religion, amongst other markers to calculate[25].

35. The city is home to about 139,703 immigrants[26].

36. 12% of the Nashville metro population is foreign-born[26].

37. This includes the highest population of Kurds in the country – about 15,000[26].

38. The age diversity is mostly spread out, but Nashville’s population tends to lean on the youthful side. The largest age demographic was 25-34 at 20% of the age pool in 2022. The smallest age percentage was 85 years old and older at 1% of the population[19].

39. Nashville is 48.22% male and 51.78% female[27].

40. Nashville is largely white collar – 223,857 workers compared to 40,916 blue-collar workers[27].

41. More than 140 languages are represented by Nashville public schools[26].

42. Nashville’s marital demographics are evenly split. There are 169,471 who have never been married compared to 160,647 married people[27].

43. Nashville has a thriving LGBT population – approximately 52,000 people, according to the Williams Institute[28].

Nashville Music Scene Statistics

Perhaps above all else, Nashville is known for its vibrant music scene and unique mark on music history. Because of this, Nashville has become known as Music City to tourists and residents alike, and there’s plenty of statistical data to demonstrate that.

44. Over 80 record labels are based in or have offices in Nashville[29].

45. The largest of these is Universal Music Group, which has signed over 500 artists[29].

46. Nashville is home to over 180 music recording studios[29].

47. There are over 130 music publishers in Nashville[29].

48. There are over 100 places to see live music in Nashville[29].

49. The largest of which is Bridgestone Arena, which has a capacity of 18,411 people[30].

50. Nashville is a major music epicenter, especially for country music. The largest and most well-known live country music establishment, The Grand Ole Opry has had its home in Nashville for almost a century[31].

51. The largest and most prestigious country music award ceremony, The Country Music Awards, takes place on various stages in Nashville[32].

52. There are over 3,000 working musicians living in Nashville[33].

53. Nashville generates over 15.6 billion dollars a year from the music industry alone[33].

54. There are over 43,000 jobs available in the Nashville music industry[33].

Real Estate Statistics

There has been considerable growth in Nashville over the last several decades which has affected the housing market in various ways:

55. The median sale price in Nashville sits at about $435,000 down 6.5% from last year[34].

56. There were only 885 homes sold in Nashville this year, which is 27.2% less than last year[34].

57. The median days on the market for any given home in Nashville is currently 47 days, which is 30 days more than last year[34].

58. There are currently 61,094 vacant homes in Nashville, which is the 29th highest level of vacancies of any other city in the country[35].

59. Because Nashville is such a rapidly growing city, housing construction has also increased. Nashville ranks #6 in the nation for housing construction[36].

60. Between 2010 and 2020 Nashville built 135,000 housing units, increasing the housing pool by 20%[36].

61. Nashville has a slightly competitive commercial property market. There are currently 259 commercial property listings for Nashville[37].

62. Rent has gone up exponentially in Nashville over the last several years – over 26% since 2021[38].

63. Currently, the average cost of rent in Nashville for a one-bedroom apartment is $1,775[39].

64. Homeowners and renters are evenly split – 47% of Nashville residents are renters and 53% of Nashville residents are homeowners[40].

Weather/Climate Statistics

65. Nashville, located in the Southern state of Tennessee, sees more average warm temperatures than most of the United States, but it rarely gets unbearably hot. The average annual high temperature is 70 degrees Fahrenheit[41].

66. The average low temperature is 49 degrees Fahrenheit[41].

67. Nashville receives 2,634 days of sunshine on average per year[41].

68. Nashville recieves 119 days of precipitation per year[41].

69. The average annual rainfall in inches per year is 47.25 inches[41].

70. The average annual snowfall per year is 7 inches[41].

71. July and August tie for Nashville’s hottest months at an average high temperature of 89 degrees Fahrenheit for both months[41].

72. January is Nashville’s coldest month at 28 degrees for the lowest average temperatures[41].

73. The sunniest month on average in Nashville is June with 308 average hours of sunshine for the month[41].

74. The least sunniest month on average in Nashville is January with an average of 123 hours of sunshine for the month[41].

75. January and March are tied for the two months with the most precipitation. On average January and March receive 12 days of precipitation for the month[41].

76. May, however, is the rainiest month on average in terms of volume. May receives 5.5 inches of rain on average for the month[41].

77. June, August, and November each receive the lowest average precipitation for the month with an average of nine days with precipitation[41].

78. In volume, August receives the lowest rainfall on average at 3.17 inches per month[41].

79. The snowiest month in Nashville is January. January receives an average of three inches of snow[41].

80. The least snowiest months in Nashville are April through November with an average of zero inches each month[41].


  1. WSMV
  2. News Chanel 5
  3. Tennessee Department of Business Development
  4. The Tennessean
  5. Nashville Business Journal
  6. America’s Library
  7. ZipRecruiter
  8. StyleBlueprint
  9. Metropolitan Nashville Airport Authority
  10. Tennessee Demographics
  11. The Tennessean
  12. World Population Review
  14. Statista
  15. Main Street Nashville
  16. US Census Bureau
  17. Davidson County Natality Report
  18. Davidson Mortality Report
  19. PopulationU
  20. Neighborhood Scout
  21. 6th Man Movers
  22. WSMV
  23. News Channel 11
  25. Wallet Hub
  26. The Tennessean
  27. Point2
  28. Williams Institute
  29. Europeana Pro
  30. Nashville Business Journal
  33. Nashville Chamber of Commerce
  34. Red Fin
  35. Anytime Estimate
  36. WKRN
  37. LoopNet
  38. WPLN
  39. Zumper
  40. Rent Cafe
  41. US Climate Data