Plus, two coffee shops expand in Nashville.
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The grades are in
A view from a downtown Nashville rooftop overlooking Bridgestone Arena, Music City Center, and Fifth + Broadway.
Nashville put in the work, and it shows. | Photo by NASHtoday
Nashville is getting an A+ on its report card after rising 21 positions over last year on economic think tank the Milken Institute’s “Best Performing Cities” index. The No. 4 ranking puts Nashville at the top of the pack in Tier 1, in company with large cities like Austin, Raleigh, and Phoenix.

Cities were split up by large and small + ranked based on factors across job and wage growth, high-tech industries, and housing costs and access. Let’s identify Nashville’s strengths and weaknesses as told by the report.

📈 Major wins

Nashville’s sudden incline is credited largely to the city’s strong labor market.
  • Employment grew 5.9% from October 2021 to October 2022.
  • Music City ranks sixth among large cities for short-term job growth + numbers indicate a longer job growth trend.
  • Outside of the tourism and hospitality industry, health care contributes $67 billion and 328,000+ jobs annually.
  • High-tech job growth has also outpaced the national average over the last five years.

📉 Areas for improvement

Housing costs remain high in Music City, and high-tech concentration remains low in comparison to other Tier 1 large cities despite its recent growth. Focusing on these two factors could place Nashville higher on next year’s index, which will be based on 2022 numbers.
  • Nashville has ranked between 80 and 90 for housing costs over the course of five years.
  • According to the report, rising housing costs could be contributed in part to more qualified workers moving into the city.

Tuesday, May 23
  • Turtle Day Hike | Tuesday, May 23 | 1-3 p.m. | Bells Bend Outdoor Center, 4187 Old Hickory Blvd. | Free | Hike with a naturalist to some of the park ponds and look for turtles on World Turtle Day.
  • Opry Salutes the Troops | Tuesday, May 23 | 7 p.m. | Grand Ole Opry, 2804 Opryland Dr. | $50+ | This special evening for military heroes features performances by the Oak Ridge Boys, The War and Treaty, and more.
Wednesday, May 24
  • Rick Springfield | Wednesday, May 24 | 7:30 p.m. | Ryman Auditorium, 116 Rep. John Lewis Way N. | $50+ | The Grammy Award-winning musician brings “Jessie’s Girl,” “Don’t Talk to Strangers,” and other hits to Music City.
Thursday, May 25
  • Creative Nashville: Book Exchange | Thursday, May 25 | 5:30-6:30 p.m. | Diskin Cider, 1235 Martin St. | Free | Bring some recent books to swap with other readers to refresh your bookshelf.
  • 27 Live | Thursday, May 25 | 7 p.m. | L27 at The Westin Nashville, 807 Clark Pl. | Free | The rooftop music series kicks off with performances by Caylee Hammack and Catie Offerman.
Friday, May 26
  • A Comedy Show at Diskin Cider | Friday, May 26 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Diskin Cider, 1235 Martin St. | $10+ | Host Corie Kellman keeps the laughs going all night while showcasing hilarious comics from Nashville and all over the country.
Saturday, May 27
  • Gentle Yoga with Old Friends Senior Dogs | Saturday, May 27 | 11-11:45 a.m. | Yoga Muttz Movement Lounge, 2710 Old Lebanon Rd. | $35 | Enjoy this all-levels gentle flow yoga class while dogs from Old Friends Senior Dog Sanctuary wander about the studio.
  • Luau | Saturday, May 27 | 12-7 p.m. | The Dutch, 300 12th Ave. S. | $45+ | Food options include a whole kalua roast pig, char siu ribs, traditional lau lau, and Japanese street corn — plus, watermelon punch bowls to share, themed cocktails, and live music.
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News Notes

  • TDOT will pause construction-related lane closures on interstates and state routes beginning at 12 p.m. on Friday through Tuesday, May 30 in anticipation of the holiday weekend. Drivers may still encounter lane restrictions while traveling through long-term projects. (WSMV)
  • Honest Coffee Roasters opened its fourth Middle Tennessee location, this time downtown on the lower floor of apartment building 805 Lea — 803 Lea Ave. Visit the new shop daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and order from a menu full of presidential-inspired crafted drinks, açaí, juice, and more.
Coming Soon
  • Speaking of new coffee shops, Crema Coffee Roasters’ newest and largest location in Brentwood Place (330 Franklin Rd., Brentwood) is coming along ahead of its summer opening. Pro tip: Sign-up for email updates for a pre-open invite, insider info, and giveaways.
  • Niall Horan will bring his latest tour to Bridgestone Arena on June 3, 2024. Fans can expect to hear songs from all three of his solo albums, including “The Show,” which releases Friday, June 9 of this year. Tickets go on sale next Friday.
  • Ryman Auditorium will host its annual Ryman Community Day on Sunday, May 28, complete with free tours, family-friendly events (think: face painting, balloon animals, and more), food truck fare, and live performances from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Pro tip: Guests must have a valid Tennessee ID to participate.
  • No. 49. That’s where the Nashville Metro area ranked on Wallethub’s “2023’s Best Summer Travel Destinations” list. The website analyzed the largest metros in the country and ranked them based on factors like the cheapest flights and meals + the number of attractions.
  • The Franklin Theatre will launch its inaugural Summer Sessions: Student Theatre & Music Business Intensives, an educational program to enrich students in the arts, from Tuesday, June 27-Thursday, June 29. Two sessions will be available to 160 Williamson County students in grades 6-12.
Try This
  • Ford Ice Center is kicking off the summer season with a free public skate on Friday at its Bellevue (11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.) and Antioch (12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m.) centers. Register now.
Plan Ahead
  • The date’s been set for the 9th annual Craig Campbell Celebrity Cornhole Challenge and concert. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 6 (11 a.m.-4 p.m.) at 6th & Peabody. Start placing bids to play alongside artists like Ashland Craft, Charles Esten, Craig Campbell, and more.
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Real Estate
Nashville ranks No. 8 among hottest housing markets
A map featuring some of the hottest housing markets in the US.
North Carolina, Colorado, and Texas are currently home to some of the hottest markets. | Graphic by 6AM City
Music City is on fire. No need to dial 9-1-1 — we mean the housing market. Nashville recently ranked No. 8 (tied with Charleston, SC) on U.S. News & World Report’s list of hottest housing markets in the US. Also on the list were Denver (No. 2), Phoenix (No. 4), Charlotte (No. 6), and Las Vegas (No. 12).

“What defines hot,” you ask? U.S. News & World Report describes a hot market as one “returning to the basics of healthy demand, supply, and financing options.”

To determine which cities are hot (and which are not), U.S. News based its rankings on a scoring scale of 1-100 that examined metrics of housing supply, demand, and finance indicators.
The Wrap
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From the editor
It’s time to Boot Scoot to karaoke bar Cross-Eyed Critters inside the Graduate Nashville. Expect a country DJ party at the new, monthly series — which launches tomorrow at 8 p.m. and features local (and beyond) performances.
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