In our first blog post comparing the cost of living in Los Angeles to the cost of living in Nashville, we highlighted some of the differences in overall demographics, wages, income tax, sales tax, and property tax between the greater Los Angeles area and the greater Nashville area. But if you're wondering whether or not you should make the move from Los Angeles to Nashville, there are several other factors you may want to consider.

Next up, we're diving in to what each city has to offer when it comes to essential services like hospitals and schools, and other support services like military bases or access.

SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES


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Los Angeles


According to U.S. News and & World Report, the Los Angeles metro area is home to approximately 56 public and private colleges and universities, five of which are in the Top 50 of U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best National University Rankings.

Top-ranking national universities in the Los Angeles area include:

  • California Institute of Technology

  • University of California-Los Angeles

  • University of Southern California

  • University of California-Irvine

  • Pepperdine University

  • Loyola Marymount University

  • Chapman University

  • Biola University

  • Azusa Pacific University


Many of the colleges and universities in Los Angeles cater to students interested in the Hollywood film and entertainment industry, offering several degree programs in creative fields such as architecture, fashion design and merchandising, and film studies in addition to several highly respected degree programs in business, law, medicine, and science.

There are also more than 600 public high schools in the greater Los Angeles area, three of which are in U.S. News & World Report's Top 50 nationally-ranked public high schools.


Nashville


The Nashville Metro area is home to approximately 10 colleges and universities, many of which are among the best in the state of Tennessee and one of which — Vanderbilt University -- is in the Top 50 of U.S. News & World Report's 2021 Best National University Rankings. Due to its proximity to the music industry and Nashville's global reputation as the "capital of country music," many colleges and universities in the Nashville area are known for their degree programs in music business and production. Vanderbilt University is also nationally acclaimed for its focus on educational programs and research, engineering, and nursing and medicine.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the best colleges and universities in Nashville include:

There are approximately 98 public high schools in the greater Nashville Metro area, two of which are in the U.S. News & World Report's Top 50 nationally-ranked public high schools.


HOSPITALS


Nashville Hospitals

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Los Angeles


Los Angeles has approximately 132 hospitals, six of which are children's hospitals. According to U.S. News & World Report, three of the Top 20 Best Hospitals in the nation are in Los Angeles:

  • UCLA Medical Center

  • Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

  • Keck Hospital of USC


With its high concentration of top medical centers in the area, Los Angeles also boasts some of the nation and region's best-ranking hospitals in various adult specialties and specific procedures/conditions.


Nashville


Known as the "healthcare industry capital" of the US, Nashville is home to nearly 500 health care companies, 16 publically-traded health care companies and nearly 400 professional services firms in the healthcare industry, many of which operate on a national or international level. There are approximately 31 hospitals in the greater Nashville Metro area, one of which is a children's hospital nationally ranked in 10 children's specialties.

The best hospitals in the Nashville area according to U.S. News & World Report include:

  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Ascension St. Thomas Hospital — West

  • TriStar Centennial Medical Center


Both Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt are nationally ranked in multiple adult and children's specialties and procedures/conditions.


MILITARY BASES OR ACCESS


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Los Angeles


There are 32 military bases in the state of California, with some from every military branch, as well as numerous recruiting offices and military hospitals. Within 100 miles of Los Angeles, there are at least eight military bases or stations including:

  • Los Angeles Air Force Base

  • Edwards Air Force Base

  • March Air Reserve Base

  • Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base

  • Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base

  • Naval Air Station Point Mugu Navy Base



  • Naval Construction Battalion Center Point Hueneme

  • Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach


Los Angeles Air Force Base (located near Los Angeles International Airport) is the headquarters of the Space and Missile Systems Center and the only active duty installation in Los Angeles County, according to Military.com.


Nashville


According to militarybases.com, the only military bases in the state of Tennessee are the Naval Support Activity Mid-South base in Millington and Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma. However, there are several recruiting offices and support centers throughout the state and in the Nashville Metro area including the U.S. Army Reserve Center and U.S. Military Entrance Processing Station near downtown Nashville, the Tennessee Army National Guard, and the Air National Guard at Berry Field.

Fort Campbell U.S. Army Base is also located less than 70 miles from Nashville, near the border between Tennessee and Kentucky.

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Still wondering if you should move from Los Angeles to Nashville? In our next blog on Los Angeles v. Nashville, we'll take a look at all things recreation and entertainment to see how lifestyles in each city might compare. Stay tuned!