Some people love being the center of attention, and if you are in the state of Tennessee, then a ride to Murfreesboro will land you right in the geographical center of the state. Located just 34 miles southeast of Nashville, this charming Southern city has a population of 132,000. Once mainly an agricultural area, with corn, cotton and tobacco being the main crops, Murfreesboro has expanded into manufacturing and education, with significant growth in the past 25 years.

Murfreesboro is often shortened to the nickname of “The Boro” and is the official home of Middle State University, the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee, with a student population that exceeds 22,000.

Country music is huge in Tennessee, but Murfreesboro embraces all genres of music with an annual jazz fest that features the best of jazz and blues bands throughout the region. And for the past 30 years, the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra has delighted audiences with classical and contemporary performances. Other cultural venues include the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts, which brings a variety of entertainment, including concerts, dances, magic shows and theater, to the city.

Murfreesboro’s motto is “creating a better quality of life” and a strong emphasis is placed on education, with the schools getting high grades for academics and athletics. This is just one reason why Money Magazine has named Murfreesboro to the list of “Top 100 Places to Live.”

The restaurant scene in Murfreesboro is vibrant, with cuisines to suit every taste. Here you will find Asian, Mexican, Greek, Irish and good 'ole Southern-style eateries. And if you love cooking at home, hitting the weekly farmer’s market for fresh and locally grown produce is a must.

Shoppers will not be disappointed by the retail choices at The Avenue, an open-air shopping center of more than 100 shops, boutiques and big-name chain stores. For more active outdoor fun, there are 12 miles of paved trails, with plans to expand to over 173 miles.

History enthusiasts will enjoy learning about Tennessee’s complex role in the Civil War, and there are several museums and historical sites that tell the story of Murfreesboro’s history during this tumultuous period in American history.

The median home value in Murfreesboro is $232,200. The Blackman and Leanna neighborhoods feature reasonably priced medium- to large-sized homes in an established area.

If you are looking for a Central Tennessee city, with plenty of amenities and just 30 minutes from Nashville, Murfreesboro may be the perfect place for you.