About the Nashville Region

About Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is the capital of Tennessee and the seat of Davidson County. The city was named one of the 15 best cities in the United States for work and family. The area combines southern America charm with a contemporary urban metropolis. The city of Nashville features the topography of rolling hills and lush vegetation, while the downtown urban core is a combination of skyscrapers, renovated historic buildings, and is known for its steady economic climate. Major industries of the area range from healthcare based companies and goods production to educational venues and tourism. The entire region offers a wide variety of senior living options and related senior care services.

An Overview of the Nashville Area

In our use, the term Nashville Directory refers to the city of Nashville located in Davidson County. Other counties included in our directory are Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Maury, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson, and Wilson. Major cities in the area are Brentwood, Franklin, Gallatin, Hendersonville, and Murfreesboro. The entire region offers a wide variety of housing options, senior services, and lifestyle alternatives appealing to seniors and their families.

The Climate of Nashville

Nashville, Tennessee has a wonderful climate for seniors and people of all ages. The average annual high temperature is 69.8 degrees. Springs are mild and pleasant with summers warm and humid. The area is far enough north that Nashville has a beautiful fall season with the changing colors of the leaves. The average high temperature in the fall is 71.5 degrees. Winters are mild with an annual high temperature of 49.1 degrees. Winter can range from cool to cold with snowstorms in January or February. Winter storms are rarely heavy nor does the snow last.

History of Nashville

Nashville has a rich historical background, which began with its founding in 1784. The area was originally a location of Fort Nashborough in the year 1780, later to be renamed Nashville and incorporated into the union in 1784, although not being established as the capital of Tennessee until 1843.

Attractions of the Area

Because of Nashville's significant American heritage, the area possesses many unique historical landmarks including the War Memorial Building, the Hermitage, and a replica of Fort Nashborough.

An interesting special attraction of Nashville and a well-known landmark of the city is a full-sized replica of the Athenian Parthenon located in Centennial Park. The building is illuminated at night and contains casts of the original Elgin Marbles.

Another important attraction in the area is the continuing legacy of Nashville's music industry. From the Country Music Wax Museum, Country Music Hall of Fame, Ryman Auditorium, and the tradition of the Grand Ole Opry, the region has many famed points of interest relating to the development of country music.

Also, within the city of Nashville and surrounding areas are many pleasing entertainment and retail venues. Included are various regional first-class golf courses, the Tennessee Walking Horse Trail, Antique and Garden Shows, the Railroad Memorial Pavilion, Short Springs Natural Area that is a nature preserve on the outskirts of the city, the Tap Root Farm, and the Smith-Trahern Mansion, a home built in the 1850's which overlooks the Cumberland River.

Below is a list of smaller communities in and around the Nashville area:

Bentwood – Known as a posh suburb of Nashville, Brentwood has a population of near 24,000 and features many beautiful neighborhoods, with the majority of the population consisting of married couples and a minority of them with children living in the home.

Franklin – Founded in 1799 and named after Benjamin Franklin, the city of Franklin serves as the county seat of Williamson County, holding a dominant position in Tennessee as a robust blend of commercial activity, neighborly courtesy and Southern allure.

Gallatin – Located in Sumner County, Tennessee, the town of Gallatin has a large population of over 23,000 and is the site of the largest junior college in the state of Tennessee. The suburb received its name from Albert Gallatin, the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury.

Hendersonville – Has a total population of more than 40,000. A man named Daniel Smith in 1784 established Hendersonville, positioned near Old Hickory Lake. Throughout its history, Hendersonville has been one of the most populous suburbs in Tennessee, being home to many famous Southerners such as Johnny Cash and Roy Orbison.

Murfreesboro – Largely populated with more than 81,000 residents, Murfreesboro is located in Rutherford County, Tennessee and is home to Middle Tennessee State University. As one of the fastest growing cities near Nashville, Murfreesboro was established in 1811 as the county seat of Rutherford County and holds a vivid and individual identity apart from its much larger sister-city Nashville.

Shelbyville – Located in Bedford County, Tennessee, Shelbyville has a population just over 16,000 and is known for its involvement in the Walking Horse Industry and annual National celebration.

Transportation in the Region

Throughout Nashville, there are more than 35 public bus routes, which form a comprehensive system of convenient public transit avenues into the urban epicenter of the city, while also providing transportation into the outlying suburbs of Nashville as well. Ride sharing is popular within the metropolitan region of Nashville, helping to prevent wear and tear on private vehicles, while preserving the environment throughout the entire music city. There are more specialized transportation opportunities by way of the end-zone express shuttles that provide service to Tennessee Titans home games and additional solutions for individuals who can not access fixed-route bus schedules, also referred to as the Nashville AccessRide Para transit Van Service, which must be reserved in advance.

Senior Services in the Nashville

The city of Nashville offers seniors a variety of senior housing ranging from independent retirement communities, continuum of care communities, assisted living, skilled nursing, Alzheimer's assisted and Alzheimer's skilled nursing, while our database offers the ability to, search for senior housing, it includes definitions for specific types of housing. Other senior services in the area include a wide choice of home health care, home medical services, and senior support services including the Senior Services Organization, which provides aid to seniors to help them stay active, healthy, and independent throughout the South. Use our Search Senior Services link to learn more about the variety of senior housing and senior support services located in Nashville, Tennessee.

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