There are 1,695 people per square mile in the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin metro area, lower than the national population density of 6,321 Americans per square mile across all U.S. metro areas. Nashville also has the second highest population density of any Tennessee metro area.

Population density can have a meaningful impact on home prices in an area. There tends to be less demand for available real estate in sparsely populated areas, and home prices are often lower as a result. In Nashville, a typical home is worth $192,200, roughly similar to the national median home value of $194,500. Nashville has the highest median home value of any metro area in the state.

Dense metropolitan areas are often the most congested, with the average worker spending up to 38 minutes commuting to work in some cities. The average commute in Nashville lasts 27.0 minutes, longer than the average commute time for Tennessee as a whole of 24.8 minutes and the highest of any metro area in the state.

One of the most effective deterrents to crime is other people. In more rural cities there is often fewer people and less streetlight to act as natural surveillance that can in some cases prevent petty crime. In the Nashville metro area, there were 2,580 property crimes per 100,000 people in 2015, roughly similar to the national property crime rate of 2,487 incidents per 100,000 Americans and lower than the statewide rate of 2,936 property crimes reported per 100,000 residents. Nashville has the fifth lowest property crime rate and third highest violent crime rate in Tennessee.

Rank Metro Area Population Density
10 San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos, CA 6,920.5
9 Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, FL 7,395.3
8 Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD 7,773.2
7 Boston-Cambridge-Quincy, MA-NH 7,980.1
6 San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA 8,417.7
5 Chicago-Joliet-Naperville, IL-IN-WI 8,613.4
4 Honolulu, HI 11,548.2
3 Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA 12,113.9
2 San Francisco-Oakland-Fremont, CA 12,144.9
1 New York-Northern New Jersey-Long Island, NY-NJ-PA 31,251.4