Best Places to Live

Nashville, TN

Population: 634,512
Jeff Adkins

The capital of Tennessee, Nashville is a center for music, health care, banking and publishing, and Music City is home to many top colleges and universities. The Nashville food scene is well-known with numerous dining destinations, while the microbrew industry now has 20 successful enterprises. They include Blackstone as well as Yazoo Brewing Co., which has brands like Sly Rye Porter and the highly-rated (if the taste is acquired) SUE. It's brewed smoky like the mountains and the barbecue.