Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, TN

Home of country music, the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metro Area is a 14 county area in middle Tennessee.

Booming development and shifting demographics are driving Nashville's emerging diverse population. If trends hold, by 2040, Nashville will be a majority minority city, meaning no one ethnic group will makeup the majority.

Total Population: 1,830,345

(An increase of 9.54 % in the past 5 years.)

Census Data

  • Foreign Born - 116,253
  • Language Spoken at Home - 138,045

[Source: American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Foreign Born and Language Spoken at Home]

Quick Facts

  • The greater Nashville area is home to one of the largest Kurd populations in the Untied States.

  • The Nashville Metro Area is similar to many other southeast United States metro areas - experiencing fast ethno-linguistic changes.

  • Vanderbilt University yearly sees international students come from India - with the majority working on graduate and healthcare degrees.

  • An annual Greek Festival takes place due to the city's strong Greek heritage.

  • The area is home to the nation's largest Kurdish community.

  • Nashville is a resettlement spot for refugees from Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.


The Nashville Metro Area suburbs are seeing much growth in ethno-linguistic diversity. For instance, the immigrant population soared 83%, to 107,000, between 2000 and 2008, the fastest growth rate among the nation’s largest cities. Minorities accounted for 44% of the city’s overall growth during 2000-2010.

Large numbers of African language people groups (7,000) reside in the Metro Area. Arabic speaking people groups (8,000), with Arab, Egyptian and Arab, Iraqi, account for the majority also call Nashville their home. Other notable people groups present in the Metro Area are Honduran, Salvadoran and Guatemalan. The South Asia population totals above 8,000 with the majority belonging to the Tamil, Telegu, Gujarati, and Hindi people groups. Rounding out the larger populated people groups are Southeast Asians with Laotian and Vietnamese comprising the larger Southeast Asian people groups.

People Group Highlights

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PG Name Country Of Birth IMB Affinity Group Affinity Bloc Primary Religion Baseline Population Total
Arab, Lebanese (Muslim)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Sunni1,566
Arab, IraqiIraqNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam - Shia4,694
BengaliBangladeshSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesIslam600
BosniakBosnia and HerzegovinaEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesIslam450
Kurd, CentralIraqCentral Asia PeoplesPersian-MedianIslam15,000
MalayMalaysiaSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesIslam200
SomaliSomaliaNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesHorn of AfricaIslam5,000
Arab, SudaneseSudanNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam800
TurkTurkeyCentral Asia PeoplesTurkic PeoplesIslam400
Arab, EgyptianEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldIslam6,912
GujaratiIndiaSouth Asian PeoplesSouth Asian PeoplesHinduism1,611
Filipino, BicolanoPhilippinesSoutheast Asian PeoplesMalay PeoplesChristianity - Roman Catholic170
Mixtec, Southeastern GuerreroMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity - Roman Catholic625
Arab, Lebanese (Christian)LebanonNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Roman Catholic2,789
Egyptian CoptEgyptNorth African and Middle Eastern PeoplesArab WorldChristianity - Orthodox10,962
KoreanSouth KoreaEast Asian PeoplesEast Asian PeoplesChristianity10,000
GermanGermanyEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity1,894
GhanaianGhanaSub-Saharan African PeoplesSub-Saharan AfricanChristianity300
GreekGreeceEuropean PeoplesEurasian PeoplesChristianity3,000
GuatemalanGuatemalaAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity1,200
GuyaneseGuyanaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity200
HaitianHaitiAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity400
HonduranHondurasAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity650
JamaicanJamaicaAmerican PeoplesNorth American PeoplesChristianity240
MexicanMexicoAmerican PeoplesLatin-Caribbean AmericansChristianity21,500

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Ethnic Links

Nashville Cultural Festival - a festival that recognizes diversity in Nashville and provides an avenue for different cultures to share their traditions through music, dance, activities, food, and crafts.

Nations of Nashville - assists internationals make their transition to life in America as smooth and comfortable as possible by providing affordable services such as: Airport Pickup, Homestays and Temporary accommodation, Grocery Shuttles, English Classes, Women's friendship groups for Spouses, and much more

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"After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb."
(Revelation 7:9, NIV)
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