Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.

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Updated July 10, 2020 | Infoplease Staff

Mayor: Karl Dean (to Sept. 2015)

2010 census population (rank):1 601,222 (25); Male: 291,294 (48.5%); Female: 309,925 (51.5%); White: 363,611 (60.5%); Black: 170,907 (28.4%); American Indian and Alaska Native: 2,047 (0.3%); Asian: 18,641 (3.1%); Other race: 30,431 (5.1%); Two or more races: 15,209 (2.5%); Hispanic/Latino: 60,390 (10.0%). 2010 percent population 18 and over: 78.3%; 65 and over: 10.2%; Median age: 33.7.

2014 population estimate (rank): 644,014 (25)

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Land area: 502 sq mi. (1,300 sq km);

Altitude: Highest, 1,100 ft.; lowest, approx. 400 ft.

Avg. daily temp.: Jan., 36.2° F; July, 79.3° F

Churches: Protestant, 781; Roman Catholic, 18; Jewish, 3;

City-owned parks: 100 (10,200 ac.);

Radio stations: AM, 15; FM, 19;

Television stations: 11

Civilian Labor Force (MSA) 2013: 355,8182;

Percent unemployed (2013): 7.12;

Per capita personal income (MSA) 2013: $27,3062

Chamber of Commerce: Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, 211 Commerce Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37201

1. Nashville-Davidson city is consolidated with Davidson County. 2. Nashville–Davidson–Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Nashville-Davidson is the state capital and second-largest city in Tennessee and is located in the north-central part of the state on the Cumberland River. It is coextensive with Davidson County.

During the winter of 1779–1780, James Robertson and John Donelson founded a settlement at Big Salt Lick by the Cumberland River at the present site of the city. They built forts on both sides of the river, naming one of them Fort Nashborough in honor of Francis Nash, a Revolutionary War general. In 1784, the town was named Nashville, and it was incorporated as a city in 1806.

Nashville became the capital of Tennessee in 1843 and was the seat of Davidson County until 1963, when it merged with the county to become Nashville-Davidson.

The city is a port of entry and an important industrial and commercial center serving the Upper South. Its economy is based on a number of industries, including automobiles, apparel, publishing, insurance, and banking. Health care services are the largest sector, but Nashville is best known for its music industry. It is a major recording center, especially for country music and is home to the Grand Ole Opry.

Nashville is home to several religious organizations and is a major tourist attraction and convention center. Its many institutions of higher education include Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, and the Tennessee State University.

See also Encyclopedia: Nashville.

Selected famous natives and residents:

  • Roy Acuff singer;
  • Gregg Allman singer;
  • Pat Boone singer;
  • Rita Coolidge singer;
  • Jeff Gordon race car driver;
  • Al Gore former vice president;
  • Red Grooms artist;
  • Alex Haley author;
  • Barbara Howar hostess and writer;
  • Brenda Lee singer;
  • Minnie Pearl comedienne;
  • Annie Potts actress;
  • Paula Robeson flutist;
  • Wilma Rudolph athlete;
  • Dinah Shore actress and singer;
  • Tina Turner singer;
  • Oprah Winfrey entertainer.

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