When you hear of Nashville, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most likely, you think of the city’s active music scene. However, what else goes on in this eclectic city? To help you get a feel for the Music City, we have put together this preview of the inhabitants, climate, and wildlife found here.
Nashville has a population of more than 650,000. According to the 2010 Census numbers, more than 60 percent of Nashvillians are white, over 28 percent identify as African-American, a little more than three percent of residents are Asian, and one in ten Nashville inhabitants are Hispanic. These numbers add up to more than 100 percent because some people belong to multiple categories. Women make up about 52 percent of the population, and more than ten percent of residents are aged 65 years or older.
More and more people from across the country and abroad are choosing to settle in Nashville with its low cost of living and expanding amenities. Currently, about one out of every eight Nashvillians were born outside of the United States, and more than sixteen percent of residents speak a language other than English at home. Nashville is home to a number of ethnic communities, including Historic Germantown, which was established in the 1850s and is home to the annual Nashville Oktoberfest.
Nashville is part of the humid subtropical climate zone. The summers are hot and humid with average highs of around 89 degrees in July and August and humidity at over 70 percent. Winters are moderately cold with average lows right around freezing. Snow is relatively light at less than seven inches per year on average. Although the city was at a standstill in early 2016, when a storm dumped eight inches of snow on Nashville.
Spring and fall are typically warm and prone to severe thunderstorms that sometimes bring tornados with them. In addition, the long spring and fall seasons along with the diverse array of grasses and trees make Nashville uncomfortable for allergy sufferers.
For allergy issues, you are mostly on your own, though Nashville is home to several allergy, asthma, and immunology specialists. However, the City of Nashville’s Office of Emergency Management takes preparing for tornadoes, extreme heat, thunderstorms, flooding, and more seriously. They give an array of tips for what to do before a disaster, during the disaster, and after.
Nashville is not all disasters and allergies. There are also many plants and animals that flourish here. When it comes to animals, Nashville is home to bald eagles, butterflies, hawks, bluebirds, deer, coyote, black bears, bats, owls, doves, fox, turkey, and more. There are also many wildflowers, such as Star of Bethlehem, Rattlesnake Orchid, Dutchman Breeches, and others.
For the most part, you do not need to worry about the local wildlife in Nashville. There are a few species of spiders that are venomous and four species of snakes. All of these generally avoid humans.
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