We didn’t need Kiplinger’s to tell us how great we are. But since they did, we’ll celebrate it.
The respected business forecaster and economic prognosticator ranked Nashville as the No. 3 Best Value City in these United States. The study cited the low cost of living in these parts — nearly 10 percent below the national average, which must mean “cost of parking downtown” is not included in these valuations.
In addition, Nashville’s expected to add 151,000 new jobs by 2019. And, of course, there’s no income tax — and the likelihood of one happening is equal to the chance of a Bill Boner political comeback.
What’s more, Kiplinger was impressed with our city’s free entertainment options, what with “Movies in the Park,” the jazz at Belle Meade and the cover-charge-less honky-tonks. Not to mention council meetings on Channel 3.
There is, however, reason to be suspicious of these rankings, not because Nashville was so high on discount living (we’re great, we get it), but because we came in so low.
Ahead of Music City were Charlotte and Omaha.
Charlotte, of course, has long been our Next Capital of the New South bugbear. They got a football team first, they have an NBA team, they’re getting the Democratic National Convention. Bankers swarm the Queen City like there’s a 24-hour discount sale on dark suits (which, to be fair, there might be, thus accounting for their high ranking).
Kiplinger’s cited Charlotte’s “flourishing culinary scene.” That’s well and good, but if we’re talking value, what better is there than three veggies with every meat? And anyone who’s visited Charlotte can attest that it lives up to its banking center reputation by having a downtown that truly keeps bankers’ hours; there just isn’t much to do after taking advantage of the aforementioned culinary scene, unless the Panthers are losing a night game again.
As for Omaha, it’s hard to believe the mere presence of a certain Oracle doesn’t drive inflation through the roof for Paris on the Platte. Their top ranking surely must be a byproduct of the fact that economists have yet to fully study the effect of The Warren Buffett Bump on general costs.
It’s clear the only reason we were bested by these bland rivals is that the best value comes from not having anywhere to spend your money after dark, thus making the decision to save an easy one.