Nashville is located in Davidson County and it is the county seat. It lies on hilly ground alongside the Cumberland River. Nashville is the second largest city in Tennessee after Memphis, and is the state capital. The city covers an area of 533 square miles. The area's average yearly temperature 59.2 degrees with an average high of 69.8 and a low of 48.5 degrees.
Settlers came to the Nashville area in 1779 and built Fort Nashborough the following year. When the town was incorporated in 1784, the name was changed to Nashville. It was governed under the Cumberland Compact, a written constitution. The city was chartered in 1806 and became the state capital in 1843.
Today, Nashville is famous as the home of the Grand Ole Opry, one of several music-oriented attractions. The city's three top employers are the service industry, 31.6 percent; trade, 24.5 percent; and manufacturing, 14.5 percent.
Nashville is part of the Nashville, Tennessee metro area.