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City Guide / Nashville

The Pros and Cons of Living in Nashville

By Bri Hand | Jun 24, 2021

Nashville, Tennessee is an incredibly popular destination for people looking to relocate to a midsize city with plenty of arts, culture, and great food. Nashville is known as Music City and is home to well-known country music venues like the Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. However, there’s much more to this Tennessee city than meets the eye, and there are a ton of things locals love about this unique place.

If you’re considering moving to Music City, here are the pros and cons about living in Nashville to keep in mind:

Pro: Fantastic food

Boutique coffee shops and world-class restaurants abound in Music City, with locals raving about several popular spots and arguing about whether Ugly Mugs, Barista Parlor, or Crema is the best place to get a latte. You’ll also love spots like Hattie B’s Chicken, which serves up its famous Hot Chicken Sandwich and Dirty Bird Fries—complete with pimento mac n’ cheese on top!

Con: You’ll need a car 

While there is a low cost of living in Nashville when compared to the national average, keep in mind that you will likely need a car to get around the city. Make sure you have factored in this expense when considering your monthly budget for living in Nashville. If you do need to use public transportation, Nashville operates its WeGo Public Transit system.

Pro: The nightlife is as incredible as you’ve heard

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the many Nashville bars that have made this city famous! Whether you want to grab cocktails, listen to live music, or enjoy honky-tonk music on Music Row, there’s a bar for you. It’s also worth noting that this city’s nightlife and music scene are scattered throughout several popular neighborhoods in the city, so no matter where you decide to live, there will be a hotspot close by.

Con: It can get a bit rowdy 

Of course, where there is nightlife, there is noise. So, if you’re looking to live in a quieter area of Nashville or have a young family, you’ll likely want to avoid living near Tennessee colleges like Belmont University or Vanderbilt University, since these areas can get a little loud. 

Pro: There’s plenty to do and see!

Moving to NashvilleYou’ll never run out of things to do in Nashville. The city offers eclectic sights, like a replica of the Parthenon in Centennial Park, and the Nashville Zoo is a great place to spend the afternoon. Best of all, neighborhoods like the West End, East Nashville, Germantown, and downtown Nashville all offer easy access to other areas of the city, so you can branch out and explore everything this city has to offer. 

Con: The weather 

Another drawback to think about when you’re considering moving to Nashville is the weather. There is definitely some heat and humidity in Tennessee (as is the case with many other places in the southern United States).

Pro: Plenty of housing options 

Housing in NashvilleBecause more and more people are moving to Nashville these days, the Tennessee housing market can be a bit competitive. However, if you’re not sure if you want to own real estate yet—or if you’re trying to get a feel for the vibe in different Nashville neighborhoods—there are plenty of apartments with top-tier amenities such as fitness centers, pools, and stainless steel appliances. 

Landing offers both furnished apartments in Nashville, Tennessee, with flexible lease terms that allow you to stay if you please, or move with ease. Browse Landing’s available apartments in Nashville, or contact us to learn more about what a Landing membership can do for you.


About the author

Bri Hand

Bri Hand is Landing's Content Marketing Manager. She currently lives in Salem, Massachusetts, with her partner and dog, Arlo, but relishes any opportunity she can to travel so she can try new foods, see gorgeous sights, and daydream about living somewhere new after visiting there for less than 24 hours.