Nashville Musings


I wasn’t sure how I would like living in the South. My family moved to “the North,” (what people call Chicago here, though I always thought I lived in the midwest) when I was seven. I grew accustomed to the hustle and bustle of Chicago and thought the shift in pace would throw me off. Chicago will always hold a piece of my heart, but the transition hasn’t been too shocking. We’re only one month in, so I’ll keep you posted!

Nashville is a bit of a melting pot. I’ve met very few people who are native Nashvillians. Nashville is attractive for many reasons and pulls people from all over the United States. It’s pretty common for someone to just stay once they have graduated from one of the universities in town. That is quite different from Chicago, where a greater percentage of people are multi-generational Chicagoans.

Due to the fact that this town is constantly growing and changing, I don’t think I’m experiencing a true “southern” atmosphere. It’s still a large city with many cultures, but I have noticed a few differences. I’m sure I’ll experience more the longer we live here but these have stuck out to me.

/ / Southern hospitality is a real thing. People are generally more friendly and open for conversation (ie. They aren’t standing in line on their phone).

/ / The pace of life is healthier and more relaxed, but important stuff still gets done. There is a grind in Chicago (commuting will do that to you) and thankfully Nashville doesn’t quite have it.

/ / Everyone has dogs (okay not everyone).

/ / People are more active: hiking, running, walking their dogs, etc. A benefit of living somewhere that remains warmer longer!

/ / Chicago accents are easily detected and teased. 🙂 My voice has always been a bit nasally, but now it really stands out!

/ / Less early 20-somethings live with their parents. They are living independently (maybe roommates), actively pursing their future. Cook County is an expensive place to live (the county Chicago is in, as well as my parent’s house), so help with rent is often needed, but it’s easy to become complacent instead of looking for a way out of your parent’s basement.

/ / There is a reliance and importance put on friendship and community. Maybe it’s because people don’t have family nearby. Or the pace allows for nights out, either way it’s a nice change.

There you have it, my observations on Nashville livin’.

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*I’ve met several people from the suburbs of Chicago!

25 thoughts on “Nashville Musings”

  1. This was such great insight into Nashville! I have heard great things about it and I would love to visit and maybe even work or live there one day. We’ll see! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

    xo, gina

  2. I loved Nashville when I was there a few weeks ago! And instantly felt the difference between there and here (Chicago). Especially while at restaurants… they weren’t rushing us to eat and get out. Everyone was so polite, which was a nice change of pace too. I can’t wait to go back!

  3. That all sounds wonderful! I wasn’t sure how I’d like being back here in western NY after being in major cities. But a lot is like you say about the south — easier pace, friendly people. But *my* accent stands out because it’s so neutral now after being away ha!

    I definitely want to check out Nashville sometime. 🙂

  4. i keep telling Steve that Nashville needs to be next on our list of places to visit!! We’ve known at least 3 different couples/families who’ve moved there from San Diego recently. So glad you’re loving it!!

  5. We went to Nashville a few years ago and we LOVED it! WE are from Ohio and recently moved in NYC. I long for the souther hospitality (even though Ohio is still technically north), I miss the midwest, the pace of life is beautiful and people are so nice. I feel like my blood pressure has risen since we moved. There are a lot of neat things living in a large metro area, but I’m looking forward to moving back.
    Keep the Nashville posts coming! I love it!

    1. That is a huge transition! We loved our trip to NYC but the city just never stops!

      I kind of feel like Nashville is a good bridge between the midwest and the south. It’s technically the south but so many people are from the midwest.

  6. I am so glad that you are here! This city really is wonderful with so many people from so many different places. And there is always so much to do. I love that it has as much to do as a big city but still feels small enough that everyone seems to know each other.

    1. 🙂 It’s kind of the perfect size. It still has plenty of cultural qualities of a large city (museums, music, etc) but it’s not overwhelming. At least compared to Chicago. haha

  7. Hi there! Visiting from the Week’s End link-up. Nashville is one of my most favorite cities ever! I love your comment about Southern hospitality! Even though I grew up in the South (in Texas), I didn’t really notice it much until I moved to DC. Now, I 100% notice it whenever I go home to visit because there is very little of that hospitality in this big city!

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