Harris Interactive Poll Ranks Nashville and Tennessee High

The annual Harris Interactive poll that ranks the 15 most desirable cities and states to live in was released yesterday. Nashville popped back into the list as the 12th most desirable city to live near after having dropped from the rankings for the past 3 years. Tennessee also gained a spot and knocked Oregon down a place to claim the 9th spot.

According to this poll, Nashville ranks higher than Atlanta, Orlando and Los Angeles. Tennessee ranks higher than Oregon, New York, South Carolina, Massachusetts and Georgia.

“The most popular states and cities where large numbers of people would like to live tend to attract tourists and business,” Harris Interactive says. “They are places where people like to take vacations and where companies like to have their offices and factories.”

This poll bodes well for Tennessee and especially Nashville as our city decides whether or not to build a new convention center called the Music City Convention Center. Clearly, the rest of the United States sees Nashville as a great place to work, love and play. When are we going to start to believe it?

Other Poll Results

Coastal states tend to dominate the list. California ranked No. 1 for the sixth consecutive year as the place Americans would most like to live. Florida came in second, and Hawaii was third.

New York City tops the list of cities that people would most like to live in or near, followed by Denver and San Francisco.

Nashville was only 1 of 2 southern cities to have both their state and city ranked in both polls. Atlanta was the only other.