Friday, February 05, 2016 09:00 AM


Nashville is not only growing in population, the city is among the top 10 U.S. metro areas in job growth and economic prosperity.

According to a new Metro Monitor report by Brookings, the Nashville-Murfreesboro-Franklin area was ranked fifth in growth and 10th in prosperity, which includes average wage rates and cost of living, in the past five years.

"The Nashville area time and time again outperforms other areas in the nation coming out of a recession," said Garrett Harper, vice president of research with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Nashville's job opportunities increased by 15.7 percent, with a 2.7 percent increase in average wage.

A factor in those numbers, Harper said, is that the Greater Nashville area also has seen an influx in the "who’s who of corporate America expanding and relocating here that have the type of qualities the region is gaining a reputation for."

Amazon, which has six facilities in Tennessee, with four in Middle Tennessee, is a prime example of the area's increasing growth rate.

"As the local area is growing and expanding, that only increases the number of customers in that area," said Amazon spokeswoman Nina Lindsey. "That’s an important thing that Amazon looks at when we’re looking to locate facilities."

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