The Future of Rutherford County
Over the past few years, Murfreesboro has grown at a pace that is over five times the national average, and for good reason - quality of life. The county seat of Rutherford County, Murfreesboro is located at the geographic center of Tennessee, approximately 35 miles southeast of Nashville. With a population of 100,000, it is the sixth largest and one of the fastest growing cities in the state with a vibrant and rapidly expanding retail trade base.
Rutherford County's retail trade base is made up of over 350,000 people. At its center, Murfreesboro has developed into a retail destination attracting shoppers from a 10-county region. Part of the reason for this phenomenal growth is the close location to major Interstates - Interstate 24 runs directly through the city and Interstates 65 and 40 are just a few minutes away. In addition to residential growth, the city has experienced considerable commercial and industrial development during the past several years.
To round out these tremendous opportunities, a number of colleges and universities are located in and around the city. Middle Tennessee State University, with nearly 24,000 students, and the Tennessee Technology Center are located in Murfreesboro. Motlow State Community College, Vanderbilt University, David Lipscomb University and others are just a few minutes away.
All of this makes Murfreesboro one of the best cities in the U.S.