35+ Stats and Facts On Nashville, TN

nashville statisticsFrom Broadway Street to The Grand Old Opry, and everything in between, Nashville, Tennessee is home to countless wonders, as well as some of the most unique facts and statistic

s that encapsulate the city’s rich history. With that in mind, here is a compiled list of fun facts and statistics we thought you’d like to know!

Historical Nashville Fun Facts

  • Rachel Donelson was the daughter of John Donelson, one of the city’s founders. She later married Andrew Jackson, who then became the seventh President of the United States (Old Town Trolley Tours)
  • Sea captain and Nashville resident, William Driver, was credited with giving the American flag the nickname “Old Glory” in 1837 (Old Town Trolley Tours)
  • Nashville is named after Revolutionary War General Francis Nash (Music City Scale)
  • Vanderbilt University student Morris Frank, who was blind, was responsible for bringing seeing-eye dogs to the United States in 1928. From there, “The Seeing Eye, Inc.” was established in the city and remains a resource to people to this day (Music City Scale)
  • The designer of the Tennessee Capitol in Nashville, William Strickland, is also buried in the walls of the building. Former President James Polk is also buried in a freestanding mausoleum on the grounds (Music City Scale)
  • Nashville has been given the name “Athens of the South” due to its numerous colleges in universities, such as Belmont University, Vanderbilt University, and Lipscomb University (Redfin)
  • Cotton candy was invented by Nashville residents William Morrison and John C. Wharton and was introduced to the general population at the 1904 World’s Fair (Redfin)
  • Goo Goo Clusters were first created in Nashville, and they were the first combination candy bar in the United States (Travel Lemming)
  • William Walker became the president of Nicaragua in 1856. The Nashville native is the only American to become president of another country since then (WorldStrides)
  • The NFL Draft in 2019 was held in Nashville, Tennessee, and it was the most attended draft in NFL history with over 600,000 people in attendance over three days (The Tennessean)

Nashville Population Statistics

  • Approximately 250 people traveled to Nashville in 1779 to create a permanent residence and settlement (Tennessee Encyclopedia)
  • Since 2000, the population has increased by 24.4% (City-Data)
  • Based on the total population of Nashville residents, 48.2% are male and 51.8% are female (City-Data)
  • The median resident age in Nashville, Tennessee is 34.9 years old (City-Data)

Statistics on Music in the City

  • Elvis Presley was known to record over 200 songs at the historic RCA Studio B in Nashville (WorldStrides)
  • Nashville’s Tin Pan South, coordinated by the Nashville Songwriters Association International, is the largest songwriter’s festival on Earth (Music City Scale)
  • Nashville is home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, which features notable exhibits from Dolly Parton and Johnny Cash (Redfin)
  • The city is the birthplace of the production style “Nashville sound.” Originating in the 1950s, this style is a blend of country music, pop, rock, and R&B and was pioneered by musicians like Owen Bradley and Chet Atkins (Redfin)
  • Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry is considered one of the most famous music venues in the world. Since 1925, The Opry House has been hosting performances and legendary musicians for over 90 years (Redfin)
  • In 1941, the very first FM-broadcasting license went to the WSM radio station in Nashville (WorldStrides)
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame is comprised of architecture that resembles musical content. This includes features that resemble a radio antenna and piano keyboard, as well as the building looking like a bass clef (WorldStrides)
  • Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium is where Johnny Cash and June Carter met for the first time (Ryman Auditorium)
  • Nashville is home to United Records Pressing, the largest record press facility in North America (United Record Pressing)

Statistics on Notable Attraction

  • Originally built for Tennessee’s 1897 Centennial Exposition, a replica of the Parthenon was built in Centennial Park and serves as Nashville’s art museum today (gov)
  • The 42-foot Athena statue inside the Nashville Parthenon is the largest indoor statue in the Western Hemisphere, and the statue’s spear was created using a McDonald’s flag pole (The Tennessean)
  • Hot chicken originated in Nashville, Tennessee, and the annual Hot Chicken Festival is held every July 4th in the city to celebrate the iconic dish (Redfin)
  • Completed in 1994, Nashville’s AT&T Building is called the “Batman Building” since it distinctly resembles Batman’s identifiable superhero mask (Redfin)
  • Located about three hours east of the city, there’s a museum and full-scale replica of the Titanic, which includes model rooms, costumes, and even an iceberg (Redfin)
  • Peg Leg Porker, the five-time winner of the best barbecue in the entire south, is located in The Gulch (Redfin)
  • The Nashville Predators got their name after the bones of a saber-toothed tiger were found underneath a Nashville building (WBIR-TV)
  • The Tomato Art Fest takes place each year in East Nashville. During this art festival, people dress in vegetable costumers, showcase tomato-related art, and participate in a parade led by a Tomato King and Queen (Travel Lemming)
  • Broadway Street in Nashville is also known as the “Honky Tonk Highway” and live music is played 365 a year on this main drag (Nashville Music City)
  • The Gulch was the first LEED ND neighborhood in the south (The Gulch)
  • The Nashville International Puppet Festival was held in Nashville between 2008 and 2016, encouraging puppeteers from all over the world to gather in the Music City for the event (Nashville Public Library)

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