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Nashville is the Most American City

The electorate for the upcoming election will be the most racially diverse in U.S. history. Polling data and election coverage have shown an increasingly polarized America, and political analysts have struggled to identify who the average American is. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed a range of social and economic data for all 381 U.S. metro areas […]

Morristown Residents Have Shortest Life Expectancy of Any Tennessee City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading causes of death in the […]

Nashville Residents Lead More Sedentary Lives Than Adults Nationwide

According to the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, adults need at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week, as well as two or more sessions of muscle strengthening activities. However, a large share of Americans do not exercise at all outside of getting up and going to work, and that share has […]

Nashville Residents More Obese Than the Average American

The obesity epidemic is one the most serious health problems in America today. The incidence of obesity has more than tripled since 1980 among children aged 2 to 19 years and has increased substantially among the rest of the population. Today, 27.0% of adults are obese. In the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin metro area, 32.0% of adults are […]

Nashville Residents Live Longer Than in Any Tennessee City

The U.S. death rate rose last year for the first time in a decade. This led to the first drop in life expectancy since 1993. The typical American in 2015 can expect to live 78.8 years, down slightly from 78.9 years in 2014. Heart disease and cancer remain the leading cause of deaths in the […]

Tennessee is America’s 7th Least Healthy State

Progress in a society can be measured by steady improvement in health outcomes. The United States has made progress in some health areas over the years. Other health issues, however, have proven more challenging and some have even worsened considerably. Health outcomes differ widely across states, and the likelihood of living a healthy life largely […]

Nashville Among the Cities Adding the Most Jobs This Year

The U.S. economy added nearly 2.5 million employed workers in the last 12 months, a growth of 1.7%. Employment is expanding even more rapidly in some parts of the country. Due to a variety of factors, employment growth in a number of cities was more than double the national growth rate. Together, the 25 cities […]

Tennessee Managed No Better Than the Average U.S. State

Comparing the quality of governance between states can be challenging. The decisions state governors, legislators, city mayors and other elected officials make can have wide-reaching effects on state residents, and these decisions can sometimes take years to have an impact. Aware of these inherent challenges, 24/7 Wall St. has for seven straight years reviewed the […]

Why Owning a Home is More Common in Nashville

Fewer and fewer Americans have been buying homes over the last decade. Today, just 63.0% of Americans own their homes, the smallest share since 1965. In the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin metro area, 65.7% of residents own their homes, higher than the national homeownership rate and the fourth lowest of any metro area in Tennessee. Young Americans are […]

Poverty Rate in Nashville Below National Level

An estimated 12.7% of residents in the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin metro area live below the poverty line, a smaller share than both the national poverty rate of 14.7% and the state’s poverty rate of 16.7%. Nashville has the lowest poverty rate of any Tennessee metro area. A high school education can mean the difference between living above […]

Why Quality of Life is Lower in Tennessee

Americans often evaluate their home states according to such subjective conditions as climate preference, the presence of friends and family, and personal history. In addition to these subjective measures, more objective socioeconomic factors also contribute to life satisfaction. It is such quantitative measures that can help assess the broader quality of life in a given […]

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