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Californians are moving to Nashville.

Chicagoans are moving to Nashville.

More than 2 million California residents have moved to other states since 2018, and Nashville has become a favorite destination because of its high quality of life.

In 2022 the state of Illinois lost more residents than any other year in the state's history. Nashville has become a favorite destination for outbound residents because of its high quality of life.

Top 10 Reasons Californians are moving to Nashville.

Top 10 Reasons Chicagoans are moving to Nashville.

As Californians leave the state to call other cities home, Nashville remains on the top of the list. Experts estimate that over 100 people a day are moving to the “it” city, and Californians are keeping with the trend. Check out why Californians are making the move.

As Chicagoans leave thier home state to call other cities home, Nashville remains on the top of the list. Experts estimate that over 100 people a day are moving to the “it” city, and Chicagoans are keeping with the trend. Check out why Chicagoans are making the move.

Reason #1

Real Estate

According to Zillow, Nashville's average home price was $155,000 in 2009 and grew to over $432,000 by Q1 2023. That’s a 278% increase! And experts predict that low inventory, strong job growth and the triple-digit number of new inbound residents moving to the area daily will help Nashville's housing market remain strong. The continued growth also places Nashville firmly among the most attractive cities in America to invest in real estate. Business Wire agrees, ranking Nashville among the top 3 cities in the U.S. for real estate investment.

Reason #2

No State Income Tax

Yes, you read that right! Tennessee has a personal income tax rate of absolutely 0! Transplants can realize a significant increase in take-home income by making Nashville their primary residence. Compound the income retained over time, and you have a serious financial win. In addition, the state’s per capita debt of just $913 is the lowest of any state in America. The people are indeed friendly, but Nashville is also kind to your wallet!

Reason #3


Zagat and Travel + Leisure agree, Nashville has a lot more to offer the taste buds than you might expect. Thanks to a combination of celebrity chefs and home-grown restaurateurs, Nashville’s dining scene is exploding. From southern originals like hot chicken and barbeque, to inspired fusion dining by nationally renowned chefs, Nashville has burst onto the scene as a major culinary destination.

Reason #4


You don’t earn the nickname “Music City” without knowing how to put on a show. Travel and Leisure has consistently awarded Nashville the honor of Best Music Scene in the U.S. But it’s not all cowboy boots and honky tonks. Aspiring musicians of all genres come to Nashville to make it big.

And music isn’t all that’s big. The NFL Tennessee Titan’s, NHL Nashville Predators, MiLB Nashville Sounds, MLS Nashville SC and Vandy’s Commodores keep stadiums packed. Nashville is even home to one of America’s top ten Fourth of July fireworks displays. Needless to say, renowned entertainment is not hard to find.

Reason #5


Despite surging economic growth, the overall cost of living in Nashville is still 2% lower than the national average. Groceries and clothing costs are 4% less than the U.S. average, and healthcare services are 9% less. In addition, Tennessee does not have a state income tax, saving transplants from larger metropolitan areas as much as another 12% annually.

Reason #6

Job Market

Nashville is one of the top destinations for companies looking to relocate or expand operations. In fact,some of the country's biggest firms are planting roots in Nashville, and bringing tens of thousands of jobs with them. Oracle, Dell, Amazon, Facebook, Nissan and Mitsubishi are just a few. Historically, Tennessee has maintained below average unemployment, and the massive infusion of recent investment by Fortune 1000 companies is a strong indication that Nashville’s job market will remain stronger than ever.

Reason #7


Forbes has named Nashville the #3 “boom town” in America and the #4 best city for jobs. Nashville also makes Inc.’s top 5 list of best cities to start a business and is is one of the only cities with a metropolitan population over 1 million to consistently come in at #1 in job growth across America. Joined by rapidly appreciating home values and a dramatically rising population, Nashville’s surging economy shows no signs of slowing down any time soon.

Reason #8


Nashville may be known as “Music City,” but healthcare is by far the largest industry in Middle Tennessee. Vanderbilt University and Medical Center is the largest employer in the city, and HCA Healthcare Inc., the world’s largest healthcare company, also maintains its headquarters in Nashville. Needless to say, there is no shortage of impeccable healthcare, or the jobs that come with it.

Reason #9


Nashville offers all the amenities of a big city, while keeping its small-town feel. Residents can take in the energy of city life or be in the country enjoying outdoor recreation with just minutes between. Nashville is easy to navigate, and commutes are short, so it’s common for families to live in the suburbs and work (or play) in the city. Nashville itself is also centrally located, situated within a four-hour drive of 11 states.

Reason #10


At the end of the day, where you call home isn’t just about a place, it’s about community. And community is Nashville’s specialty. Nashville loves to eat, shop and play local. Not to mention, check just about any list of America’s friendliest cities, and you’ll find Nashville at the very top. It may take time for transplants to get used to hearing “ya’ll,” but it won’t take long at all to realize that Nashville’s quality of life is built on great community.

Considering a move to Nashville?

Our Team would love to help! Of course before relocating, you will want to know more about the area you are relocating to.

Our online relocation guide is full of information on neighborhoods, things to do in Nashville, utility info and much more.