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By the Numbers: A Tallahassee – Nashville Comparison

Posted on May 17, 2017

By the Numbers: A Tallahassee – Nashville Comparison

This week a group of business and government leaders headed to Nashville, Tennessee on a search for ideas that could translate to Tallahassee and benefit our community.
Below is a table comparing a number of characteristics between Nashville and Tallahassee.

Other than the major difference in population, there are some important comparisons that show variation. First, Tallahassee has a 10% edge on the number of people with at least a Bachelor’s Degree. However, Nashville’s median household income is approximately 20% higher than the median income in Tallahassee. The Tallahassee contingent needs to figure out what explains this difference.

Could the difference be explained by the mix of jobs?

The table shows that Tallahassee has 1.5% advantage in professional jobs, but Nashville has less service jobs than Tallahassee and significantly more jobs in the manufacturing and production employment categories. It would be interesting to know what industries are driving this advantage.


4 Responses to By the Numbers: A Tallahassee – Nashville Comparison

  1. Thomas C. Hooker Reply

    May 17, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    What are the tax comparisons?

    • Arthur Kirby Reply

      May 19, 2017 at 6:22 am

      Average homestead tax rate for Davidson County Tennessee is 1.000%. Residential property tax is based on the assessed value, which is 25% of the appraised value, and commercial property tax is also based on the assessed value, which is 40% of the total appraised value. Their per capita mileage for Davidson County only has circa 1/25th the number of *tax exempt* land parcels.

      Tennessee has no State income tax.

  2. phil Reply

    May 25, 2017 at 8:22 am

    A number of factors need to be considered when comparing the two cities, most of which can be ascertained without traveling to Nashville. First and foremost it is the capital of the country music industry generating $ billions. It also has a large tourism industry; a 2.1 million sq ft convention center to host many large conventions. It has 15 colleges. It has large healthcare corps. It has been a major rail and transportation hub for many years. Three interstates converge in Nashville. As the state capital it of course has many public employees, including a very large amount of federal employees. It also has some major traffic congestion, and transit service is not very visible. I am sure it is a fun place to visit.

    • Thomas C. Hooker Reply

      May 25, 2017 at 10:53 am

      and an NFL Football team?

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