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Nashville ranked among top cities for millennials

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A new generation is moving into Nashville, as it turns out Music City is a magnet for millennials.

According to Forbes, Nashville is No. 10 on its list of the most popular cities for the millennial generation, those people aged 20-34 years old.

That includes Rachel Withers, who works with social media to promote Bridgestone Tires. She relocated to Nashville for the job about six months ago.

"It's just such a vibrant, hip place to live now," Withers said.

Across from her desk works 77-year-old Bernice Csaszar, a 58-year-veteran of the company.

"She's a keeper. We already decided that," Csaszar said.

There are five generations working together in the Bridgestone corporate office, and Withers is in the youngest group.

"I'm 31. I'm a little bit older on the millennial side of things, but technically I do fall as a millennial," Withers said.

Forbes based its rankings on demographics data. According to Forbes, between 2007 and 2012, Nashville's young adult population grew 13.1 percent.

While Forbes doesn't explain why Nashville is attracting so many millennials, Brandon Haumschilt thinks he has a good idea.

Haumschilt recruits members for Nashville Junior Chamber, an organization for young professionals, many of whom moved to Nashville from somewhere else.

What separates Nashville from other exciting cities, Haumschilt said, is they can find good jobs here.

"You have a lot of job opportunities. You have a lot of colleges here, going to Vanderbilt, Belmont, Lipscomb, and then stick around because of the opportunities," Haumschilt said.

And more millennials is positive news for Nashville's economy.

Bridgestone Americas has more than 1,100 employees at its corporate office alone.

"As baby boomers prepare to retire over the next 5-10 years, millennials are the largest part of the workforce that will be able to back-fill those retirees," said David Massey, VP of talent acquisition for Bridgestone.

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