Best Places to Live

Nashville, TN

Population: 634,512

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The success stories are too many to mention coming out of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, which is one of nine “Google for Entrepreneurs” tech hubs in North America. Also available to innovators in Music City is the Entrepreneurs’ Organization Nashville, as well as 20 (yes, 20) colleges and universities with innovation programs.

Business Growth (2011-2015): 11%

Employment Growth (2011-2015): 18%