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Franklin

Though located 30 minutes south of Nashville, Franklin is nobody’s suburb. The county seat of Williamson County, Franklin is a historic city with multiple flourishing industries and an abundance of charm. Franklin’s downtown is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Great American Main Street, with beautifully preserved Victorian buildings and a vibrant mix of businesses. This town loves celebrating and there’s a festival every month. Two local favorites are the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, with big-name headliners, and Dickens of a Christmas, a re-creation of A Christmas Carol. There’s also the Factory, a set of former industrial buildings from 1929 that have been transformed into a commercial venue, where you’ll find vintage vinyl, art studios, live theater, cold-pressed juices, and artisanal jewelry. And every Saturday, there’s an enormously popular farmers market where people out in their Instagram-best buy the freshest produce direct from local farms.

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Living in the Nashville Metropolitan Area

Nashville’s nickname is “Music City,” and it has steadily been climbing the charts as one of the best places to live in the country. The quality that sets Nashville apart is its spirit—something that’s hard to quantify, but that touches every part of the metro area. Of course, by any measure, Nashville is a powerhouse, as it serves as the state capital; a well-known college town, anchored by Vanderbilt University; a major center for healthcare; and as a burgeoning destination for tech, with both Amazon and Oracle building major campuses in town. But it’s the generations of musicians who have imbued Nashville with its distinct personality. Nashville is synonymous with country music, but the city’s musicians can’t be so easily defined, as they play everything from the blues to indie rock. Music is Nashville’s heart and soul, creating a soundtrack to every part of life here.