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About Davidson County

Welcome to Davidson County, Tennessee

The innovative region of Davidson County is one of seven counties situated in Middle Tennessee, one of the state?s three grand sectors. As recorded by the census of 2000, Davidson County had 569,891 people residing within its area. Its county seat is none other than Nashville, The Music City, which is also the state capital. In the year 1963, the government of the city of Nashville and Davidson County unified, so the county government is now recognized as the “Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County”, or its more widely known shortened version, “Metro Nashville”. Davidson County came to be one of the first in the nation to unify its regional government and therefore form an integrated metro government. This pioneering government plan continues to be a nationwide standard and creates a simpler way of life for the residents of Davidson County.

Davidson County is comprised of the towns of Belle Meade, Berry Hill, Forest Hills, Lakewood, Nashville, Oak Hill and partial sections of Goodlettsville and Ridgetop.


Davidson County was christened after colonial solider and Revolutionary War officer, William Lee Davidson. He died in battle during the Battle of Cowans Ford on the Catawba River in N. Carolina.

The state boundary line of N. Carolina initially stretched all the way to the Mississippi River. Washington County was then formed by the N. Carolina Senate and comprised everything of what is currently the state of Tennessee. Then in 1783, the N. Carolina Senate formed Davidson County in what is currently Middle Tennessee from a section of Washington County.

Points of Interest

Nashville-Davidson Visitors Info Center – There is so much to do in Davidson County and the VIC (Visitors Information Center) can help you decide what to see, do or experience with a variety of brochures and vacation packages and combination tickets.

Here are three notable attractions that might catch your attention!

Haunted Ghost Tours of America, Inc. – Two distinctive ghost tours – one by foot and another by horse drawn carriage in downtown Nashville every night. For those of you who believe in the paranormal (or even skeptics) this is a must!

General Jackson Showboat – The General Jackson Showboat, a multi-million 4-deck paddle wheeler that takes you back the former days of riverboat entertainment along the Cumberland River.

RiverGate Mall – Located in Goodlettsville, it features 4 major department stores and over than 150 specialty stores. Shopping never felt so good!