Best Places to Live

Nashville, TN

Population: 693,994
Jeff Adkins

The draw for country crooners and record labels is obvious: Nashville, TN, has some serious music connections. But there's far more to Music City than its famous saloons, honky tonks and neon signs. The city offers plenty of opportunities to recent college grads including jobs and fun. Nashville is led by a health-care industry with more than 250 companies in the vicinity, and also ranks high in sales and business/finance and features an emerging technology scene.

Median resident age: 36

Married: 34%

Single: 66%

Median household income: $45,408

Median rent for a two-bedroom apartment: $822

Median travel time to work: 18 minutes

Total workforce: 393,419

White collar jobs: 79%

Blue collar jobs: 21%

Bachelor's degree: 25%

Masters degree: 14%