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A study from a personal finance website WalletHub states that Nashville’s demographics most closely resembles the U.S. average as a whole. It is also known as a center of the music industry, which earned it the nickname ‘Music City’.

Nashville has the largest metropolitan area in the state of  Tennessee, spanning 13 counties and, as of 2009, had a population of 1,582,264. It encompasses the Middle Tennessee counties of Cannon, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Hickman, Macon, Robertson, Rutherford, Smith, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson, and Wilson.

Cincinnati and Indianapolis came in second and third, with Charleston, S.C., and Jacksonville, Fla., rounding out the top five cities.

Yuma, Ariz., Brownsville, Texas, Altoona, Pa., Boulder, Co., and McAllen, Texas, were ranked as the cities least resembling the USA overall, according to the study.

Some key stats include:

  • On race, Denver most closely resembles the country.
  • In terms of age, Tulsa most closely resembles the USA.
  • Detroit mirrors the country most in the area of income.
  • And Greensboro, N.C., most resembles the country in education.

To determine which cities mirror the United States most, WalletHub analyzed demographical statistics for 366 of the largest metropolitan areas, using data from the U.S. Census and Zillow.

The data set includes 26 key metrics, including age, gender and income, as well as household makeup and housing tenure.

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