2010: 601,222, #25 in U.S., #2 in Tennessee

1950: 174,307, #56 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 1,589,934, #38 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 321,758, #60 in U.S.

The city of Nashville consolidated with Davidson County in 1963. As a result, the population of Nashville jumped from 170,874 in the 1960 census to 448,003 in the 1970 census.


Nashville was founded in 1779 on the Cumberland River. Today, Riverfront Park is along the river. The 19-acre Bicentennial Capitol Mall State Park is near the Capitol building and across the street from the Nashville Farmers Market.


Tallest building: AT&T Building, 617 feet (1994)

List of tallest buildings

The Tennessee State Capitol was completed in 1859.


Nashville has no downtown department stores. Church Street Center (1990-2000) was an enclosed mall in the downtown area.


Amtrak has no service to Nashville. The historic Union Station (1900) is now a hotel. The Music City Star (2006) is a 32-mile commuter rail line between Nashville and Lebanon, Tennessee. The train, run by the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA), stops in downtown Nashville at Riverfront Station (2006).

Nashville and Cumberland River


Downtown museums include the Frist Center for the Visual Arts and the Country Music Hall of Fame. The new Tennessee State Museum opened in 2018.


Nashville has no downtown movie theaters. The Nashville Symphony plays at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (2006).

The Tennessee Performing Arts Center (1981) hosts the Nashville Opera, touring Broadway shows, and a variety of concerts. The Nashville Children's Theatre and the Ryman Auditorium are also downtown.


The Nashville Sounds, Triple-A Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Texas Rangers, play at First Tennessee Park (2015). The NHL Nashville Predators play at Bridgestone Arena (1986). The NFL Tennessee Titans play at Nissan Stadium (1999), across the Cumberland River from downtown.

Map of Downtown Nashville