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Nashville's business community has been listed as #2 by KPMG as one of the "Most Attractive Mid-Sized Cities for Business," and Forbes ranked it on its "Best Big Cities for Jobs,” “Best Cities for White-Collar Job Growth” and “Best Cities for Business and Careers” lists. Entrepreneur magazine placed Nashville on its list of “Hot Startup Cities.” In addition, Nashville has also been ranked #5 by Policom as one of the “Top U.S. Metros for Economic Strength” and #4 by NewGeography.com for “New Brainpower Cities.”
The city has been ranked by CNNMoney.com as #7 on its “Fastest-Growing Cities" list, listed by the Kauffman Foundation and the Business Journal as one of the highest rates of millennial entrepreneurs that own small businesses, with the second-highest rate of young small-business owners, behind only Miami. Listed by Policymic.com as #9 on its “Cities for Creative 20-Somethings” list. Site Selection magazine chose Tennessee as #2 on its “Most Competitive States for 2013” list and Business Facilities magazine gave it the 2013 and 2014 “State of the Year” title. Nashville is also listed #1 in automotive manufacturing strength, “Best State for Auto Manufacturing, Tech Skills Training,” and “Top Metro for Economic Growth Potential” by Business Facilities.
Top industries include health care, publishing, corporate operations, advanced manufacturing, entertainment and creative fields, music, and supply chain management. Nashville is home to more than 23 institutes of higher learning, including Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, Lipscomb University, and Fisk University.