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Nashville, Tennessee

Administration
Full nameNashville
Settlement typeConsolidated city county
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountyDavidson
Founded1779
Incorporated1806
Named forFrancis Nash
Government
MayorKarl Dean
Geography
Total Area527.9 sq mi (1367.3 km2)
Land Area504.0 sq mi (1305.4 km2)
Water Area23.9 sq mi (61.9 km2)
Elevation597 ft (182 m)
Demography
Total Population635710 (2009)
Metro (pop.)1582264
Balance605473
DemonymNashvillians
Other information
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes37201-37250
Area code615
InterstatesI-40, I-24, I-65, and I-440
WaterwaysCumberland River
AirportsNashville International Airport
Public transitNashville MTA
Regional railMusic City Star

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Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in Davidson County, in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities. It is most notably known as a center of the music industry, earning it the nickname "Music City".

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 635,710 as of the 2009 census estimates, according to the United States Census Bureau. This makes it the second largest city in Tennessee, after Memphis. This also makes Nashville the fourth largest city in the Southeastern United States. The 2009 population of the entire 13-county Nashville metropolitan area was 1,582,264, making it the largest Metropolitan Statistical Area in the state. The 2009 population of the Nashville-Davidson Murfreesboro Columbia combined statistical area, a larger trade area, was estimated at 1,666,210.


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