Nashville, Tennessee, the state's capital and second largest city. It lies on the Cumberland River in north-central Tennessee, and has the same boundaries as Davidson County.

Nashville is a major regional commercial and industrial center. Wholesale and retail trade, service industries, government, and manufacturing employ the largest number of workers. Major manufacturing activities include food processing and the making of electrical and electronic equipment, fabricated metal products, transportation equipment, chemicals, and clothing. Of particular significance are printing and publishing, especially of religious literature; the publishing and recording of country music; and banking and insurance. The city is served by two trunk railways, three Interstate highways, and a number of domestic airlines.

The city's institutions of higher learning include Vanderbilt University, Fisk University, Tennessee State University, David Lipscomb College, and Trevecca Nazarene College. In Nashville are the Tennessee State Museum; Cumberland Museum and Science Center; Cheek wood, an estate administered as an art museum and botanical gardens; and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, which houses a concert hall and two theaters. Long known as the nation's country music capital, Nashville is the home of the Grand Ole Opry radio and television program and of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Opryland U.S.A. is a 110-acre (45-hectare) amusement park. The Gaylord Entertainment Center hosts the Nashville Predators (hockey), and the Tennessee Titans (football) play at the Adelphia Coliseum.

Nashville and Davidson County have a metropolitan government. A mayor, vice-mayor, and councilmen are elected.