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Nashville Facts & Figures

Historic Sites
  • Belle Meade Plantation
  • Belmont Mansion
  • Cannonsburgh - A Pioneer Village
  • Carnton Plantation
  • Carter House
  • Fort Nashborough
  • Historic Mansker's Station Frontier Life Center
  • James K. Polk Home
  • The Hermitage: Home of President Andrew Jackson
  • Oaklands Historic House Museum
  • Tennessee State Capitol
  • Travellers Rest Plantation & Museum
History and Statistics
  • Nashville was settled in 1779
  • Became state capitol from 1812-1815, then permanently in 1843
  • Elevation: 550 ft. (168 m.) at the lowest point; 1100 ft. (336 m.) at the highest point of the rim around the Nashville basin
  • Area: 533 square miles
  • Population: Nashville, Davidson County = 569,891; MSA = 1.23 million
  • Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States, and James Polk, the 11th president, both lived in the Nashville area.
  • Standing 42 feet high, Nashville's Athena Parthenon is the tallest indoor sculpture in the Western world.
  • Nashville is known the world over as Music City because radio announcer David Cobb referred to Nashville with that moniker back in 1950 on Red Foley's NBC radio show.
  • Elvis recorded more than 200 of his songs at RCA's historic Studio B on Music Row.
  • The longest home of the Grand Ole Opry was the Ryman Auditorium (1943-1974), which is known as the "Mother Church of Country Music."
  • According to The Encyclopedia of Country Music, there are 90 record companies, 174 recording studios, 5500 union musicians, 24 talent agencies, almost 300 music publishers, 17 professional music organizations and 104 film and video production companies in Nashville as of 1997.
  • The Frist Center for the Visual Arts is located in what was formerly Nashville's main post office, a city landmark placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

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