#1 Nashville, Tenn.

Our top pick offers affordable homes, a mild climate and a phenomenal entertainment scene that goes far beyond country.

What we loved: Hillsboro Village, for the acoustic guitars at Cotten Music, kitchenware at Davis Cookware and the triple chocolate mousse at Provence Breads & Cafeacute;.

Although "Music City" may have worked fine in the days of Hank Sr., our top pick among great, affordable places to live needs a new moniker. We suggest "Nashville: Music Is Just the Beginning."

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