Murfreesboro is the county seat of Rutherford County, Tennessee, which is located on the southeastern border Nashville, Davidson County, down I-24 headed toward Chattanooga . The population of Murfreesboro has seen nearly 50% growth over the past decade. The reported population was 120,954 according to the 2014 census, up from 68,816 residents in 2000. While the city is a 45 minute drive from the center of Nashville it is still considered a part of the Nashville metropolitan area, which includes thirteen counties and a population of 1,757,912 (2013). It is Tennessee's fastest growing major city and one of the fastest growing cities in the country. Murfreesboro is also home to Middle Tennessee State University, the largest undergraduate university in the state of Tennessee, with an undergraduate population of 22,299 and 25,188 total students as of 2009.
In 2006, Murfreesboro was ranked by Money magazine as the 84th best place to live in the United States, out of 745 cities with a population over 50,000.