Forbes: Nashville is No. 3 Boom Town in Country

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In a story titled "The Next Big Boom Towns in the U.S.," Forbes magazine cites Nashville as the third, uh, boomiest town in the nation. In the introduction, Joel Kotkin writes:

Perhaps less expected is the No. 3 ranking for Nashville, Tenn. The country music capital, with its low housing prices and pro-business environment, has experienced rapid growth in educated migrants, where it ranks an impressive fourth in terms of percentage growth. New ethnic groups, such as Latinos and Asians, have doubled in size over the past decade.

Two advantages Nashville and other rising Southern cities like No. 8 Charlotte, N.C., possess are a mild climate and smaller scale. Even with population growth, they do not suffer the persistent transportation bottlenecks that strangle the older growth hubs. At the same time, these cities are building the infrastructure — roads, cultural institutions and airports — critical to future growth.

I wonder if he really meant to say "educated migrants." A migrant is someone who moves regularly in order to find work, especially in harvesting crops. I'm sure we have migrant workers here, but I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest he meant to say "educated immigrants." Call me crazy. Everyone else does.

The caption from Nashville's page on the accompanying slide show:

The country music capital, with its low housing prices and pro-business environment, has experienced rapid growth in educated migrants, where it ranks an impressive fourth in terms of percentage growth. New ethnic groups, such as Latinos and Asians, have doubled in size over the past decade. A high quality of life, a vibrant cultural and music scene and a diverse population also make Nashville a desirable place to live.

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