|Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County|
Davidson County Courthouse, Tennessee State Capital
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
Tennessee's location within the U.S.
|Founded||October 6, 1783|
|Named for||William Lee Davidson|
|• Total||526 sq mi (1,360 km2)|
|• Land||504 sq mi (1,310 km2)|
|• Water||22 sq mi (60 km2) 4.2%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,326/sq mi (512/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Davidson County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 626,681, making it the second-most populous county in Tennessee, after Shelby County. Its county seat is Nashville, the state capital.
In 1963, the City of Nashville and the Davidson County government merged, so the county government is now known as the "Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County", or "Metro Nashville" for short.
Davidson County has the largest population in the 13-county Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin Metropolitan Statistical Area. Nashville has always been the region's center of commerce, industry, transportation, and culture, but it did not become the capital of Tennessee until 1827 and did not gain permanent capital status until 1843.
- Carroll Van West, "Davidson County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: June 26, 2013.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.