North Carolinians love music. I mean personally, it consumes my life. The joy of music is contagious. Through it, a moment of sadness can be transformed into pure bliss. In our homes, cars, even in our communities, we hear it. Local sounds are the heartbeat of any city. But which city tops the charts?
A new study published by List with Clever analyzed publicly available data from the U.S. Census, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Indie on the Move, and more to rank the 50 most populous metro areas in the U.S. from the best to the worst cities for music.
The study found that the overall best city for music is the one and only Nashville, Tennesse. It is the music capital of the U.S., ranking Number one for the number of both full-time musicians per 100,000 residents (127) and intimate concert spaces per capita (6.7). Luckily, we don’t live too far from it being in North Carolina.
The live music capital of the U.S. is the city of Austin, Texas. They are the only city with an average of five concert venues per capita in addition to nine music festivals planned for 2022. That is almost 2x more than the average U.S. city! North Carolina had two cities make the list. Scroll down below to see the top 15 cities for music in America. You can see the full study here.