As any Nashville resident will tell you , there's more to the Volunteer state's capital city than country music.

That's not to say most residents aren't proud to live in Music City USA and enjoy a creative atmosphere that lets them hear music of all types in venues large and small. From the Grand Old Opry to the Nashville Symphony, the city boasts quality entertainment opportunities.

And its not just limited to music. Along with the art and history available at longtime favorites such as Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art, the Hermitage and Belle Meade Plantation, the city offers big-league entertainment with the Tennessee Titans NFL team and the Nashville Predators NHL hockey team. The city's Frist Center for Visual Arts and the Country Music Hall of Fame are to other high-profile additions to the city's lineup.

All of those venues make Nashville a major tourist destination. In 2000, the city hosted more than 10.5 million visitors, including many who stayed at the massive Gaylord Opryland Hotel. The facility has 2,884 rooms and is the largest non-gaming hotel property in the United States.

Nashville was settled on the banks of the Cumberland River in 1779 and became host to the state's capitol permanently in 1843. The city's Metro government covers all of Davidson County and its Metropolitan Statistical Area covers eight counties — Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson.

The business climate in Nashville has remained strong thanks partly to its affordable cost of living. It consistently ranks among the lowest for cost-of-living in comparable cities across the nation. Its quality of life is also strong, earning the city a place among the 15 best U.S. cities for work and family, as judged by Fortune Magazine. Forbes Magazine named Nashville as one of the 25 cities that are likely to have the country's highest job growth over the coming five years.

Compiled from Nashville Convention
and Visitors Bureau information