Nashville, TN Awards, Accolades, and Rankings!

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August 2009
 3 Universities in Nashville Rank Among Best in the Nation
U.S. News & World Report
Three area schools landed in the top 20 on lists in the U.S. News and World Report annual rankings of the nation's best colleges and universities. Vanderbilt University came in at No. 17 on the overall list. Belmont and Lipscomb universities appeared on the "Best Universities-Master's" list for the southern region. Belmont came in at No. 7 and Lipscomb at 21. Both also appeared on the magazine's "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" list for the South, Belmont at No. 2 and Lipscomb at No. 13.

 August 2009 Issue    
 Nashville Metro Ranks #1 Quality of Life, #6 Best Cost of Living and #9  
 Economic Growth Potential
Business Facilities' 
 Nashville receives high rankings in Business Facilities' August issue with the  
 Metro Rankings cover story. Nashville ranked as #1 in Quality of Life, #6 Best 
 Cost of Living and # 9 Economic Growth Potential.

July 2009
Nashville Ranked as One of the Best Places to Begin a Career
Nashville ranked 13th out of 350 of the country's metropolitan statistical areas 
(MSAs) in Forbes listing of the Best Places to Begin a Career.

June 2009
Hendersonville, TN Named One of the Top Cities in the US for Families
Family Circle
Family Circle announced the results of its exclusive survey to identify the best
TOWNS AND CITIES across the country FOR FAMILIES. The communities
featured in the magazine's annual roundup of perfect places to call home 
combine affordable housing, good neighbors, green spaces and A+ public 
school systems. Hendersonville, TN ranked in the Top 10. 

June 2009
TN Ranks #9 in State's Economic Outlook and Perfomance
American Legislative Exchange Council 
ALEC reviewed state's ecnomic outlook by comparing the economic 
performance over the last 10 years by evaluating state's fiscal and economic 
policies, as well as the ramifications of those policies. Tennessee ranked ninth
for best economic outlook. 

June 2009
TN Wins Top Honors with Gold Shovel Award
Area Development
Area Development, a leading executive magazine covering corporate site
selection and relocation, has honored the state of Tennessee with its
prestigious Gold Shovel Award. The honor is presented annually to the
state achieving the most success in terms of job creation and economic
The Best Places For Business And Careers
Nashville ranks 25th on Forbes 11th annual ranking of the Best Places for
Business and Careers.

June 2009
Nashville Ranked 14 on Next Cities List in Super City Category
Next Generation Consulting
Next Generation Consulting announced its "Next CitiesTM" rankings - the
best places to live and work for young professionals - in three population
categories. Nashville is ranked 14 on NGC's Next Cities List in Super Cities
Category - with population over 500,000.

June 2009
Three Nashville High School's Ranked as Top Schools in the US
Newsweek Magazine
Hume-Fogg Academic Magnet High School and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Magnet High School have been named to Newsweek Magazine's Top 30
U.S. High Schools, ranking respectively at 28 and 29. This is the fourth
consecutive year Hume-Fogg and MLK have been recognized by
Newsweek's annual report that evaluates and ranks the nation's top 1,300
high schools. In addition to HFA and MLK, Hillsboro High also gained
recognition for the fourth consecutive year, ranking 677.

May 2009
Nashville's The Gulch Rated One of the Best Neighborhoods in the Southeast
Men's Journal
Nashville's The Gulch neighborhood rated as one of the best eight
neighborhoods in the Southeast by Men's Journal.

May 2009
Nashville Ranks 5th for "Economic Strength"
POLICOM Corporation
Each year, POLICOM Corporation ranks the 366 Metropolitan and 574
Micropolitan Areas for "Economic Strength." Nashville ranks 5th for "economic
strength." This is the long-term tendency for an area to consistently grow in size
and quality.

March 2009
Top States for Job Growth and Business
Chief Executive
Chief Executive magazine's 2009 "Best & Worst States" survey took CEO's
pulse on what the best and worst places for jobs and business growth.
Tennessee ranked 5th. The fifth annual survey asked 543 CEOs to evaluate
their states on a broad range of issues, including proximity to resources,
regulation, tax policies, education, quality of living and infrastructure.

March 2009

March 2009 TN ranks 3rd for Child Care National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies Tennessee's child care oversite was ranked third nationally on a report card
from the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies.
TN ranked behind the Department of Defense and the District of Columbia in
the study that reviews child care standards, safety, school readiness and health
promotion of young children.   January 2009 Top 10 Greatest Low-tax Places to Retire U.S. News & World Report U.S. News & World Report sifted through more than 2,000 U.S. places to find
locales that have relatively low taxes but also offer amenities important to
retirees, such as a reasonable cost of living and fine recreational and cultural
choices. Nashville ranked in the Top 10.   2009
Top States For Jobs and Business Growth
Chief Executive Magazine Recent listing published by Chief Executive magazine named Tennessee as the
fifth best state in the United States for jobs and business growth. The list is
based on a survey completed by 543 chief executive officers, who looked at
issues like proximity to resources, regulation, tax policies, education, quality of
living and infrastructure.  


Top 100 Places to Live
Nashville ranked among the top 100 places in live in America based on education, employment, economy, crime, parks, recreation and housing.

Top 25 Art Destinations
AmericanStyle Magazine
Nashville ranked 22nd in AmericanStyle magazine's annual Top 25 Arts Destinations reader poll.

September 2008
America's Favorite Cities 2008
Travel + Leisure and CNN Headline News
Nashville ranked 2nd most affordable and 4th friendliest city in a survey that asked travelers to rank 25 top U.S. cities in 45 categories, ranging from food and shopping to people, culture, nightlife, and more.


May 2008
America's Friendliest Cities
The Today Show
The Today Show named Nashville one of America's five most friendliest cities.

May 2008
2007 Competitiveness Award
Site Selection Magazine
Tennessee is the most competitive state in terms of attracting economic development, according to an annual ranking made by Site Selection Magazine, which rates states on their actual success in bringing new jobs and industry.

May 2008
Best Airports in Customer Satisfaction
J.D. Power and Associates
Nashville International Airport ranked sixth in its size class in a survey on customer satisfaction.

April 2008
100 Best Places to Live and Launch
Nashville is ranked No. 79 based on business friendliness and lifestyle offerings.

April 2008
Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity
Ewing Marion
Kauffman Foundation
Tennessee is ranked No. 4 based on entrepreneurial startups over the past decade.

March 2008
Thompson 100 Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success
Thompson Reuters Top Hospitals

Hospital                                                          Category

Vanderbilt University Medical Center            Major Teaching Hospitals

Maury Regional Hospital                               Large Community Hospitals

Centennial Medical Center                           Large Community Hospitals

The 100 Top Hospitals: National Benchmarks for Success and 100 Top Hospitals: Cardiovascular Benchmarks for Success identify the nation's top providers, using the two most recent years of data. These studies benchmark the industry's management and clinical outcomes to help hospital boards and executives ask the right questions about organizational performance and assess the effectiveness of their own strategies and execution.

February 2008
Best Places for Business and Careers
Nashville ranks as the No. 15 best city for business and careers based on job and income growth, as well as migration trends.

January 2008
Top Cities for Cultural Amenities
Nashville ranks nationally as the No. 3 best city in terms of cultural amenities behind New York City and San Francisco.

January 2008
Top Cities for Apartment Investing
National Multi Housing Council
The Nashville-Middle Tennessee area ranks nationally as the No. 4 best city for apartment investing.

January 2008
Best Cities for Jobs
Nashville ranks as the No. 14 best city for jobs in 2008.

2007 Digital CIties Survey
Center for Digital Government
Nashville ranks as the No. 4 best city for technology based on how it uses  technology to create a seamless environment between local government and constituents.

Top 25 Places to LIve and go to School
Relocate America
Nashville ranks as the No. 22 best community across the nation that offers families a great place to live based on quality of schools and choices in educational offerings.

10 Best Cities for African Americans
Black Enterprise
Nashville ranked as one of the Best Cities for African Americans based on high-paying jobs, affordable homes, a vibrant social life and short commutes.

5-Star Business Opportunity Metros
Nashville ranks as the No. 18 best city for business opportunity in the U.S.

October 2007
Fastest Growing Wine Regions
The Orbitz Food & Wine Index
Nashville ranks as the No. 7 fastest-growing wine regions in the U.S.

September 2007
Top 10 Cities for Business
Nashville ranks as the No. 6 best city to do business because of robust industry sectors ranging from music to health care.

September 2007
Top Sports Towns
Sporting News
Nashville ranks as the No. 16 top sports towns in the U.S.

September 2007
Top 50 Best Adventure Towns
National Geographic
Nashville is nationally ranked as a top city to live and play based on an ideal mix of terrain, activity and opportunity.

August 2007
2007 Economic Strength Rankings
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro MSA ranks No. 4 nationally for economic strength based on long-term tendency to grow in size and quality.

August 2007
America's Friendliest Cities
Travel + Leisure
Nashville ranks among the top five friendliest cities in America.

June 2007
Top 10 Metro Areas for Per-capita Income Growth
Nashville ranks No. 8 nationally for per-capita income growth. Per-capita income was determined by salaries, dividends, interest payments, rental income and government checks, including Social Security.

May 2007
Best Large City for Relocating Families
Worldwide ERC & Primacy Relocation
Nashville is named the No. 2 best large city for relocating families based on economic, educational, quality of life and climate factors.

May 2007
Top MBA Employers
Nashville ranks No. 8 nationally based on the percentage of MBA candidates who voted where they would most like to work.

April 2007
Top 100 Places to Live
Nashville and Brentwood rank among the top 100 places to live based on education, crime, employment and housing.

April 2007
Best Places for Business and Careers
Nashville ranks No. 9 nationally based on job and income growth, business and living costs, education of the workforce, migration trends, and quality-of-life issues such as crime rates and cultural opportunities.

April 2007
Tax Friendly Places 2007
Tax Foundation
Tennessee is named the No. 3 Tax Friendly Places nationally based on average tax payer's total state and local tax burden.

March 2007
Top Metros
Site Selection
Nashville ranked ninth among the top 10 metro areas in the U.S.

February 2007
"Best Places for Artists in the U.S."
Business Week
Nashville ranks No. 7 nationally based on metro areas that have the highest concentrations of artistic establishments.

February 2007
America's 50 Hottest Cities
Expansion Managment
Nashville is ranked again as one of the nation's top hottest cities for business relocations and expansions.


October 11, 2006
"Best Cities for Relocating Singles"
Worldwide ERC & Primacy Relocation
Nashville named the No. 1 Best City for Relocating Singles of 2006.

October 2006
"5-Star Logistics Metro"
Expansion Managment
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn., has been given a "5-Star Logistics Metro" designation based on 10 logistics categories including road and bridge conditions, interstate highway access, and air cargo service.

August 31, 2006
Brainiest Cities in the United States
Nashville-Davidson ranks among America's smartest cities based on highest concentration of college degrees.

August 2006
Hot Cities for Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur magazine
Nashville ranks No. 8 nationally based on "entrepreneurial activity index."

August 2006
The 2006 Inc. 500 List
Inc. magazine
Six Nashville-area firms included on annual ranking of fastest-growing privately held companies in America.

August 2006
2006 Economic Strength Rankings
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro MSA ranks No. 2 nationally for economic strength based on long-term tendency to grow in size and quality.

July/August 2006
Five-Star Business Metros for Business Expansion
Expansion Management magazine

June 2006
Best Cities for Relocating Families
Primacy Relocation
When it comes to suitable cities for relocating families, Nashville ranks among the top five.

June 2006
Top 50 Smart Places to Live
Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Low cost of living, high quality of life, reasonable home prices elevate Nashville to No. 1.

May 2006
Best Places for Business and Careers
Nashville cited among the top 10 cities in America.

May 2006
America's Best High Schools
Two Metro Nashville public schools crack the top 50.

April 2006
The South's Ten Top Headquarters Markets
Southern Business & Development

March 2006
America's 100 Fastest-Growing Counties
U.S. Census Bureau
Three Nashville-area counties (Williamson/No. 59, Rutherford/No. 84 and Montgomery/No. 96) claim spots on the list.

February 2006
Lowest State-Local Tax Burden Per Capita
The Tax Foundation
Tennessee ranked among the top five most "tax-friendly" states in this analysis of state and local tax burdens of residents.

January 2006
America's 50 Hottest Cities
Expansion Management
Nashville repeats No. 1 status as the nation's hottest metro for business relocations and expansions.


December 2005
Big Deals 2005
Business Facilities
Nissan HQ relocation garners "Editor's Choice" recognition.

October 2005
"Seven Cool Cities"
Nashville is ranked as one of 7 locations that are perfect for young professionals.

October 2005
"Hot Spots"
Nashville ranked 8th in the Entrepreneurial Hot Cities ranking.

October 2005
"Best Cities for Relocating Singles"
Worldwide ERC & Primacy Relocation
Nashville named one of 2005's Best Cities for Relocating Singles.

July 2005
"The 20 Hot Headquarters Metros for the 21st Century"
Business Facilities
Nashville is the No. 1 metropolitan area for corporate headquarters.

June 2005
"Average Disaster Premiums By State"
Expansion Management
Tennessee ranks as the 18th best state for disaster insurance premium paid per business establishment.

May 2005
"Top US Cities for Doing Business"
Nashville is the 47th best city in which to work, based on job growth.

May 2005
"2005 Knowledge Workers Quotient"
Expansion Management
Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Tenn., is listed as a five-star knowledge worker city due to its well-educated workforce that attracts high-tech companies and entrepreneurs.

April 2005
"Top 25 Art Destinations in America"
Nashville ranked 19th in AmericanStyle magazine's eighth annual Top 25 Arts Destinations reader poll.

January 2005
"America's 50 Hottest Cities"
Expansion Management
Site consultants across the country chose Nashville as the hottest city for business relocation and expansion.

They ranked the various metro areas according to business environment, workforce quality, operating costs, incentive programs, worker training programs, ease of working with local politicians and economic development officials.


November 2004
"U.S. Biotechnology's Leading Locations"
Business Facilities
In a study released by the Battelle Memorial Institute and the State Science and Technology Insitute for the Biotechnology Industry Organization, Tennessee ranked as the 11th best place in the country to locate a biotechnology business.

October 2004
"Top 40 Real Estate Markets"
Expansion Management
Nashville ranked 12th among the top 40 hottest real estate markets in the United States in this survey.

October 2004
"Attorney Counts, Economic Growth and Malpractice Measures"
Expansion Management
Tennessee is ranked the 39th state with the most lawyers per capita and ranked the 25th state with the best legal system.

January 2004
"Top 50 Hottest U.S. Metros"
Expansion Management
The Nashville MSA ranked No. 2 in Expansion Management's poll of 60 prominent site location consultants, based on their experiences over the past two to three years.

"Best Performing Cities"
The Milken Institute
Nashville ranked 68th in the Best Performing Cities index.

November 2003
"U.S. Biotech's Top 40 Locations"
Business Facilities
The Nashville MSA ranked No. 21 overall for biotechnology companies, including life sciences and pharmaceuticals, through careful measurement of 13 separate factors.

November 2003
"Top 25 State Business Climate Rankings"
Site Selection
Tennessee moved up to No. 3 overall in the annual business climate

September 2003
"Five Star City for Logistics"
Expansion Management
Nashville ranked No. 2 overall for logistics-friendly cities based on categories such as transportation and distribution industry climate, available workforce,
road infrastructure and conditions, taxes and fees, waterborne commerce and
air cargo.


August 2003
"Top Locations for Plastics Industry"
Business Facilities

Tennessee was ranked third hottest plastics location for expansions and relocations by professional site consultants who deal with the industry on a regular basis.

July 2003
"Most Promising Locale for a New Automotive Manufacturing Facility"
Business Facilities
Tennessee ranked seventh among the top sites picked by consultants, site selectors, and real estate professionals as the most promising locale for a new automotive manufacturing facility.

June 2003
"Most Diversified Local Economy"
Moody's Investors Service
Nashville ranked eighth among the top 10 most diversified local economies.

June 2003
"Top 20 Best Places to Live & Work in America"
Employment Review Magazine and
Nashville ranked sixth in the "Top 20 Best Places to Live & Work in America."

May 2003
"5th Annual Quality of Life Quotient"
Expansion Management
Nashville ranked second in the "Best Metros for Standard of Living" category and was hallmarked as a four-star community.

May 2003
"Top Places for Business and Careers"
Forbes Magazine
Nashville ranked 25th in Forbes Magazine's fifth annual listing of top places for business and careers.

May 2003
"Most Competitive State Economic Development Agency"
Site Selection
Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department won Site
Selection magazine's inaugural award as the most competitive state economic development agency.

April 2003
"Most Generous Metropolitan Area"
The Chronicle of Philanthropy, via
Nashville ranked seventh most generous metropolitan area. The poll measured by percentage of disposable income donated to charity.

March 2003
"Top Metros: Picture Perfect Metros"
Plants Sites & Parks Magazine
Nashville was ninth in the magazine's "Picture Perfect Metro" list.

February 2003
"Internet Growth"
Nielsen/NetRatings, The Tennessean
Nashville ranked second in Internet growth.

"Best Cities for Entrepreneurs"
Entrepreneur Magazine

In 2003, Nashville was the 45th best city for entrepreneurs.

"Cities with Best Business Climate in the U.S."
Business Opportunity Index
Nashville was ranked as having the third best business climate in the nation.


October 2002

"Best Cities for Black Families"
Nashville was ranked the 10th best city for black families based on quality of life factors.

April 2002
"Best Cities for Women"
Ladies' Home Journal

Nashville ranked as the 46th best city for women to live and work.

"Top Recession-proof Cities"
Business Development Outlook
Nashville ranked as the second most recession-proof city in 2002.

April 2001
"100 Best Cities for Families"
Nashville was ranked the 82nd best city for families in the United States.

July 2000
"Top 10 Big Metros for Start-up Companies"
Site Selection
Nashville was ranked the 10th best large metropolitan area for new companies.

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