Report: Nashville 10th Fastest-Growing Metro in the United States

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (July 27, 2020) – A new report from real estate investing platform finds that the Nashville-Davidson, Murfreesboro and Franklin area is among the 10th fastest growing metros in the United States.


COVID-19 has radically changed the norms of the American workforce. Unprecedented job losses, shuttered business and stay at home orders have affected workers across all industries and job functions. One of the most notable changes during COVID-19 has been the adoption of remote work, a trend that will undoubtedly impact the future of many American cities.

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According to data collected from the Federal Reserve in April of 2020, more than half of all workers were performing at least some of their work from home, and 41 percent were completing all of their work at home. These figures stand in stark contrast to those collected in October of 2019, which indicated that only 7 percent of non-self-employed workers usually worked from home.


“This mass transition to remote work in the wake of coronavirus is reinforcing a trend that has been gaining momentum in recent years, namely, many people fleeing expensive cities in favor of more affordable locations,” a website spokesperson said in an email about the study. “Now, with many companies, including tech giants like Twitter and Facebook, announcing that they will allow employees to work from home permanently, the migration trend toward more affordable locations is likely to accelerate.”

The study sought out to identify locations that are likely to continue attracting new residents. To find the most affordable places in the U.S. that people have already been moving to in recent years, its researchers analyzed population statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau and cost-of-living data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. Looking only at locations where cost of living does not exceed the national average by more than 3 percent, Roofstock identified the cities and states with the largest population increases between 2015 and 2018.


The most affordable and fast-growing states are located in the South and the West. Between 2015 and 2018, nine states in the South and West experienced population growth more than twice the national average of 1.79 percent. In fact, four states experienced population growth greater than 5 percent—Idaho, Utah, Florida, and Arizona over the same time period. Likewise, metropolitan areas in the South and West offer lower living costs, and have been attracting large numbers of movers in recent years.

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Metropolitan areas were grouped into the following cohorts by population size: large metros (more than 1,000,000), midsize metros (350,000-999,999), and small metros (100,000-349,999).


The analysis found that between 2015 and 2018, Nashville experienced a net population change of 101,801 residents, according to the website. With an increase of 5.56%, Nashville has experienced the 10th largest net population growth among affordable large metropolitan areas in the U.S. Here is a summary of the data:

  • 3-year net population growth (percent): 5.56%
  • 3-year net population growth (total): 101,801
  • Cost of living (compared to national average): -5.1%
  • Median home price: $287,200
  • Average 2-bedroom rent: $1,136 per month

For reference, here are the statistics for the entire United States:

  • 3-year net population growth (percent): 1.79%
  • 3-year net population growth (total): 5,748,618
  • Cost of living (compared to national average): N/A
  • Median home price: $251,598
  • Average 2-bedroom rent: $1,204 per month
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Nashville Post reported earlier this month that Nashville saw a June home sales increase of .5% and the market has been stabilizing after May’s COVID-fueled plummet of 22%. Specifically, there were 4,191 residential property closings for the month, up from the 4,172 closings in June 2019. Additionally, 4,648 sales were pending at the end of June, up from the 3,645 pending deals for the same month last year.

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Brian Sullivan is a reporter for Out & About Nashville. He has served nearly 2 decades in the television industry, with over 20 years experience as a print and broadcast journalist. Sullivan is an Emmy Award Winning producer, writer, lobbyist, activist and marketing strategist. He is active in several campaigns raising awareness in addiction treatment, equality and mental healthcare. He received recognition as a Nashville Emerging Leader of the Year at the NELA Awards. He is an Executive Board Member of the Prevention Alliance of Tennessee, a member of DrugFree Wilco, the Williamson County Anti-Drug Coalition, the Memphis Area Prevention Alliance, the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Facing Addiction, Fed Up!, the Nashville Chamber of Commerce, the Nashville LGBT Chamber of Commerce, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the Center for Nonprofit Management, Music City Theatre Company, LGBTQI Nashvillians of Faith, Covenant of the Cross Ministries, Human Rights Campaign, HRC Nashville, Team Friendly Tennessee, Tennessee Equality Project, Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition, Wilson County Anti-Drug Coalition, National Fraternal Order of Police, the Nashville Filmmakers Guild and is an ordained Minister. Sullivan is a proud donor of the Memphis Hope House, Nashville Cares, Covenant Cupboard Food Pantry, and Second Harvest Food Bank. He has worked extensively on projects with several major networks including Fox News Network, CNN, Time Magazine, Washington Post, New York Times, Inside Edition and Mic.