What to Expect: Moving to Nashville, Tennessee from California

Tennessee is named one of the best places to live in the United States. Over the recent years, cities in Tennessee ranked as one of the best places to live, move, and buy a home. Moving to a new state might seem exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time. Tennessee is known for its cheap homes, small-town living, gorgeous scenery, weather, and friendly people.

There are many reasons why Californians are moving to Tennessee such as career opportunities, school, affordability, or simply experiencing what the wonderful state has to offer. If you are preparing to move to Tennessee from California, here are some of the things you can expect upon moving to this amazing state.


1. Affordability

Tennessee is one of the most affordable states in the country. In comparison between the biggest cities of each state, using an index of 100 as the national average where anything below 100 means cheaper and above 100 means more expensive based on the cost of living website Best Places, Los Angeles, California is 70.9% more expensive than Nashville, Tennessee.

The state of Tennessee ranked #6 on the list of states with the lowest cost of living in 2022. When it comes to housing, Los Angeles, CA is 163.2% more expensive than homes in Nashville, TN. According to the website Realtor.com, Nashville’s median listing home price was $448K while the median listing home price in Los Angeles was $998K.


2. Music and Culture

Regardless of genre, Nashville is America’s Music City. From a recent study conducted by the real estate data company Clever, Nashville, TN is the number one city for music in all of America. There are plenty of music venues throughout the city including the Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry. 

Nashville, TN is also home to the most iconic and famous musicians. Johnny Cash, Billy Ray Cyrus, Little Big Town, Tim McGraw, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, Shania Twain, and more artists are from Music City. Whatever genre you can think of, Music City has it. Los Angeles is more known for pop, hip-hop, and electronic dance.


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3. Weather

Sun will everywhere you go from L.A to Nashville, but during wintertime, Nashville is cooler than L.A. Weather in Los Angeles is pretty predictable compared to Nashville where you get to experience all four seasons. Tornadoes and storms can happen in some parts of the state as well, and when it comes to rainfall, Nashville experiences it more than California.


4. Job Market

One of the reasons people are moving to Nashville is because of its job market. It’s one of the top destinations companies in California relocate or expand their operations to. FedEx, HCA Healthcare, Nissan, and Dollar General are some of the largest companies in Tennessee. Oracle, Kaiser Aluminum, and Mistubishi are some of the most recent companies to call Tennessee their new home.

Tennessee has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the nation. In 2021, Nashville took the top spot as the city with the most economic growth based on consumer spending, jobs, and the booming housing market. The state of Tennessee also has no state income tax making it ideal for Californians that are looking to stretch their dollars more. In California, the state income tax can go up to 12.5% of take-home income.


5. Amazing Location

If you love driving around and visiting different cities and states, you will fall in love with Nashville and its surrounding areas. The region is so easy to navigate and is blessed to be the only state that touches eight other states! 

Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri are just within a 4-6 hour drive from Middle Tennessee, so if you’re quite the traveler, you’ll definitely enjoy the long road trips admiring the beauty of Tennessee on your way to visit its neighboring states.

Due to California’s high cost of living, income tax, and housing options, Greater Nashville has become one of the top areas to relocate to in the United States. This trend is expected to grow over the next few years.

If you’re someone from California who’s thinking of moving to Nashville and Middle Tennessee, reach out to me, and let’s have a conversation about your real estate goals! 

Give me a call at (615) 930-0313, schedule a call with me, or send me a message! I love helping people and using my financial and legal background to guide you in finding your dream home!

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