Nashville is known for its exceptional quality of life, due to several factors, such as its central location in the Southeastern USA; its lack of state income tax and low cost of living compared to other metropolitan areas; its comparatively mild weather; its abundance of green space and outdoor recreation; and its cultural diversity which has influenced the arts, entertainment, fashion, sports and cuisine. Nashville’s economic diversity provides a solid footing for the city, with the major industries being health care, education, music, technology and tourism. In spite of its cultural richness and flourishing business climate, Nashville has retained its southern charm and small town feel, allowing its residents to enjoy the comfortable ambiance of a smaller city and at the same time benefit from the energetic vibe of a large metropolis.