1. Welcome To The Best City You’ve Never Heard Of

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Murfreesboro’s motto is “Creating a better quality of life.” And the effort that they put towards perfecting their mission is exactly what landed them in the top 100 places to live by Money magazine, despite rarely landing on the national radar. As soon as you come to Murfreesboro, you’ll feel right at home.

2. But Get Ready To Hear Much More

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Looks like this secret is out. The city is well underway with a community-wide plan spanning over 20 years that will bring a ton of growth and development to the city with programs covering transportation, housing, neighborhood development, parks and recreation, public facilities, historic preservation, economic rejuvenation among much more.

3. Everyone Is A Raiders Fan By Law—Almost

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Murfreesboro is home to Middle Tennessee State University. As the largest undergraduate university in Tennessee and an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students, you’ll definitely have to get used to living in a college town. But don’t worry. Between the events and the games, it’s a lot of fun. Especially when they go up against WKU.

4. You Can Make Your Pie, Your Way

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Pizza lovers can be picky creatures. That’s why a do-it-yourself pizza place like Your Pie is so awesome. You can customize your pie however you’d like it with a variety of different crusts and unique toppings. Go for the Thai Pie for something truly original or ignore me all together and do it your way.

5. That's “The ‘Boro” To You

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Murfreesboro is somewhat of an unusual name. Where did they get it? The city was originally named Cannonsburgh in honor of Tennessee politician Newton Cannon. But, it was later renamed in recognition of Colonel Hardy Murfree. But, Murfreesboro can tend to be a mouthful, which is why most of the people in the region just refer to it as The ‘Boro.

6. The Early Bird Gets The Donuts

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As their sign reminds you, not all donuts are created equal. If you don’t believe that, you’ve obviously never been to Donut Country. But getting here at the right times makes even more of a difference. Come when they open at midnight for the piping hot glazed donuts, and stumble in around 4 in the morning for the freshest Bavarian cream you’ve ever tasted.

7. So You Like Being The Center Of Attention? Welcome Home

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Then welcome to paradise! Murfreesboro can legitimately call themselves the center of Tennessee. Because that’s what they are. At least, geographically speaking. There is a stone monument marking the official spot on Old Lascassas Pike. Stand there and officially proclaim your status as the center of everything.

8. Everyone In Murfreesboro Meets In The Square

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Although Murfreesboro doesn’t have a huge downtown proper, it does have Main Street. This is where the community gathers together at the square for events like the annual Christmas tree lighting and trick-or-treating. It’s where you’ll find festivals like Jazz Fest and Friday Night Live. You’ll end up here often.

9. Feed Your Local Food Craving

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You won’t have any trouble finding a decent farmer’s market here. The summer months brings the Saturday Market to the Square around Main Street where you can buy the most local and freshest fruits, vegetables, and artisan creations from the local farmer’s and natural food lovers in the area.

10. Broadway Has Nothing On The 'Boro

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The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts brings a variety of entertainment to the city, including concerts, dances, magic shows, and theater. And the Murfreesboro Little Theatre has brought the stage alive with the younger crowds since 1962. You can also check out the annual FolkFest every second week of June to see songs, dances and performances from all around the globe.

11. You Can Channel Your Inner Flash Gordon

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The Murfreesboro Half Marathon brings athletes from all over the region to the city to hit the pavement. There are smaller runs, too, for adults and kids alike. But the Fleet Feet training group in the city is an active and very close knit community of runners that will help you get up to the half marathon goal in no-time.

12. Ditch Your Car, Ride The Rover

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City of Murfreesboro, TN – Government Facebook
Public transportation in the city has a new face and it looks nothing like most other cities’. The Rover system includes bright green buses that can hold up to sixteen people at a time, and will get you around six corridors of the city. One way fair is only $1 for adults.

13. Or Just Hit The Trails

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Murfreesboro trail system is already great, but it’s going to get even better. Currently, the Greenway System includes 12 miles of paved paths with 11 trailheads. But, according to the 25-year master plan, it will continue to expand into 173 miles worth of greenways, bikeways, and blueways.

14. The Historic Battlegrounds Are Practically In Your Backyard

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Murfreesboro definitely saw its share of battles during the Civil War. Moments of this divisive history are memorialized at the Stones River National Battlefield, a national park that served as civil war grounds from 1862 to 1863. You’ll find a museum, a national cemetery, monuments and the remains of a large fort from this era.

15. Coffee Is Love In This City, Literally

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Another delightful part of this town is the number of charming coffee shops that offer up a quality cup of Joe. Although they’re all worth a visit, Just Love Coffee will easily become your new favorite spot for a morning pick-me-up, with their freshly roasted beans and highly skilled baristas.

16. Murfreesboro Has The True Roots Of Tennessee

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You might know Nashville as Tennessee’s capital, but it wasn’t always that way. Murfreesboro held the title from 1818 through 1826 because it was considered easily accessible by the rest of the state. You can learn about these facts and much more of Murfreesboro’s history at the Oaklands Historic House Museum.

17. And At Cannonsburgh It’s Like The Good Old Days Never Ended

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City of Murfreesboro, TN – Government Facebook
Historic Cannonsburgh Village will make you feel like you woke up this morning in Tennessee in the 1800s. This village authentically represents 100 years of life in Tennessee, with a gristmill, a school house, a telephone operator’s house, a museum, a caboose, an old wedding chapel, a blacksmith’s shop, and the world’s largest red cedar bucket. Score.

18. The Music Scene Is Nashville Without All The Crazy

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You didn’t think you could live this close to Nashville without being under the umbrella of their musical influence, did you? Hopefully not, otherwise you’re in for a surprise with the amount of music to be found here in Murfreesboro. The Main Street Jazz Fest that honors the best jazz and blues bands from the region.

19. You Can Go Around The World In A Day With Murfreesboro Restaurants

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You don’t have to worry about traveling to somewhere like Nashville for interesting food either. Murfreesboro is loaded with great restaurants, including many ethnic spots. Opah Greek Grill has some of the best Greek food you’ll find anywhere. Blue Cactus Cantina offers top-notch Mexican dinners. O’Possum’s is an awesome traditional Irish pub, and Lemongrass Sushi and Thai when Asian cuisine is what’s for dinner.

20. Learn To Swing Like A Pro—Or Watch The Pros Swing

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Golfers will feel right at home here. The Old Fort Golf Club is an excellent course located in the city that also hosts the PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour, the Tennessee Section PGA and TGA Championships along with other nationally recognized tournaments and events.

21. When You've Just Gotta Have A Good Brew, Call Mayday

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If you’re in the mood for a unique beer and looking for one of the most fun breweries in the region, then consider Mayday Brewery your huckleberry. But if you’re not interested in everything from the beer to the décor to the owner being a little in your face and off-the-wall, then you might want to keep looking. What do you love about living in Murfreesboro? Leave a comment and let us know!