Nashville metropolitan area
Common name: The Mid-State
|Other cities||Murfreesboro, Franklin|
|Population||Ranked 36th in the U.S.|
|– Total||1,726,693 (2012 est.)|
|– Density||231/sq. mi.
|Area||7,484 sq. mi.
|– Highest point||2,092 feet ( m)|
|– Lowest point||359 feet ( m)|
The Office of Management and Budget defines the metro area as the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area, a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) designated for statistical use by the United States Census Bureau and other agencies. The area is the 36th largest MSA in the United States and is the largest metropolitan area in the state of Tennessee, although Nashville is the second largest city in the state to Memphis.
The metropolitan statistical area was first designated in 1950 and initially included only Davidson County. As surrounding counties increased in population and population densities and in the number of the number of their residents employed in Davidson County, the OMB added new counties to the MSA. Today, the metro area includes Davidson and 13 other counties.
Cities and towns 
Anchor City 
Principal Cities 
Principal cities in the Nashville metro area include:
Suburbs with 25,000 to 50,000 inhabitants 
Suburbs with 10,000 to 25,000 inhabitants 
Suburbs with 1,000 to 10,000 inhabitants 
- Ashland City
- Belle Meade
- Cross Plains
- Forest Hills
- Green Hill (CDP)
- Kingston Springs
- Mount Pleasant
- Oak Hill
- Pleasant View
- Red Boiling Springs
- Rural Hill (CDP)
- South Carthage
- Thompson's Station
- Walterhill (CDP)
- White Bluff
Suburbs with fewer than 1,000 inhabitants 
Metropolitan area statistics 
|Geographic Area||July 1, 2012||2010 Census||2000 Census||1990 Census||1980 Census||1970 Census||1960 Census||1950 Census|
* County was not a part of this statistical area at the time of this Census and the county's population is not included in the total.
Combined Statistical Area 
The Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro, TN, Combined Statistical Area (CSA) is the result of the addition of the Micropolitan Statistical Areas of Shelbyville (Bedford County), Lawrenceburg (Lawrence County) and Lewisburg (Marshall County) to the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The estimated population of the CSA as of July 1, 2012, was 1,845,235. This Metropolitan Statistical Area includes some of Tennessee's fastest growing counties.
- February 2013 delineations of metropolitan and combined statistical areas
- February 2013 Office of Management and Budget announcement of metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas
- Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro-Columbia, TN Combined Statistical Area (2003) map
- U.S. Census Bureau State & County QuickFacts
- U.S. Census Bureau population estimates
- Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas
- About Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Areas
- Historical Metropolitan Area Definitions