Due to a high quality of life, low cost of living, and a great job market, this region has experienced rapid growth. Many people love Nashville because it offers a chance to live in a big city while working a job they love without breaking the bank. The modern economy is diversified including music and the entertainment industry as a primary factors. Major contributors are health care, finance, insurance, and education. Manufacturing, publishing, printing, and tourism are also important. Agriculture in the region is tobacco, corn, dairy products, livestock, and soybeans.
Musicians from Nashville are known worldwide for their county music, which makes Nashville the location of a large recording industry. Such activities are clustered in an area downtown called Music Row. There are dozens of music-related tourist attractions, including the County Music Hall of Fame and Museum and the Ryman Auditorium (a concert venue that was once the home of the Opry). The International County Music Fan Fair is annually held in June where fans have an opportunity to hear, meet, and get autographs from their favorite musicians. Moreover, Nashville remains an educational as well as a religious center, several companies and denominations have publishing headquarters there.