Nashville rated best minor-league baseball city

Thursday, October 12, 2017

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Study combines gameday experience and quality of life factors into a single metric

AUTHORS David Boclair

Increased attendance at Nashville Sounds games and a high quality of living has helped make Nashville the United States’ best minor-league baseball city.

That was the determination of, which rated 159 cities across the country based on gameday and quality-of-life factors, which then were combined into a single score. Things considered included attendance (average per game and percentage of maximum), success of the team, unemployment rate and violent crime rate in the city as well as the preponderance of drinking and dining establishments.

Nashville scored 83.86 in gameday experience and 72.86 in quality of life for a combined score of 78.36. Round Rock, Texas was second with a score of 77.49 and Durham, North Carolina, was third at 75.40.

From SmartAsset’s report:

The Nashville Sounds went from filling 77% of their seats in 2016 to 89% in 2017. In fact the 8,800 fans who show up on average gave the Nashville Sounds the fourth-highest attendance in our study.

Nashville could improve on some quality of life metrics. While the unemployment is only 3.1% – a top 10 rate – the city does have relatively high crime. Nashville ranks in the bottom-half for both property and violent crime rates.


Nashville finished third in the 2016 analysis, behind Round Rock and Columbus, Ohio. This year’s gameday experience and quality of life ratings were both higher.