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Nashville is the capital and the second most populous city of the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. Nashville is a major hub for the health care, music, publishing, and transportation industries.
Nashville has a consolidated city-county government which includes seven smaller municipalities in a two-tier system. The population of Nashville-Davidson County stood at 607,413 as of 2005, according to United States Census Bureau estimates. The 2005 population of the entire 13-county Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area was 1,498,836, making it the largest and fastest-growing metropolitan area in the state.
It was the advent of the Grand Ole Opry in 1925, combined with an already thriving publishing industry, that positioned it to become "Music City USA". In 1963, Nashville consolidated its government with Davidson County and thus became the first major city in the United States to form a metropolitan government. Since the 1970s, the city has experienced tremendous growth, particularly during the economic boom of the 1990s under the leadership of Mayor Phil Bredesen, who made urban renewal a priority, and fostered the construction or renovation several city landmarks, including the Country Music Hall of Fame, the Nashville Public Library downtown, the Nashville Arena, and LP Field.
Some interesting places to visit in Nashville would include Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall Of Fame, Nashville Parthenon, Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Vanderbilt University, Tootsie's Orchid Lounge, Loveless Cafe, Bluebird Cafe, Gaylord Entertainment Center, Centennial Park, The Hermitage, Nashville Zoo, Tennessee State Capitol, Vanderbilt Stadium, and the Trevecca University.
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