Best Value Cities 2011:3. Nashville, Tenn.

Booming entertainment, health care and education sectors are music to the ears of its residents.

Nashville is home to the Grand Ole Opry and countless country stars (plus a few rock idols), and it has the highest concentration of record labels, recording studios, and music publishers and distributors in the nation. But Music City also means business. The area is making a strong comeback from the recession and is expected to add more than 151,000 jobs by 2019 -- an annual rate that’s higher than the national average.

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Cameron Huddleston
Former Online Editor,

Award-winning journalist, speaker, family finance expert, and author of Mom and Dad, We Need to Talk.

Cameron Huddleston wrote the daily "Kip Tips" column for She joined Kiplinger in 2001 after graduating from American University with an MA in economic journalism.