Retirement. It is a time to which we all look forward. It is the time in our lives where our desires and interests, not time clocks and deadlines, dictate the calendar for the day. It’s a time where your most challenging decisions will be which golf course to play, which body of water to fish, at which stores to shop and which restaurants to eat.
Tennessee is an ideal place for retirees. With four mild seasons, no state income tax, a cost of living more than 10 percent below the national average it has a big appeal to baby boomers as a place to call home. It is the Volunteer State, a slower pace of life and home to the most welcoming people you’ll ever meet.
From the rolling plains in the west to the Appalachian Mountains in the east, Tennessee’s offers a playground of diverse landscape fit for anyone with a sense of adventure and a true love of the outdoors. Tennessee is home to urban places and wide-open spaces with lots of scenic room to roam. Tennessee’s lakes, river and parks provide perfect settings for outdoor activities. Tennessee is an orange–pink sunset, spied atop Clingman’s Dome or Mt. LeConte. It’s the stuff of legends, when the Mississippi ran backwards, and Reelfoot Lake was formed.
It’s the birthplace of country music. Home to founders and pioneers of soul, blues, gospel, rockabilly and rock ‘n’ roll. And, the longest running live radio broadcast, the Grand Ole Opry. Tennessee is the Soundtrack of America. Memphis boasts the Birth of the Blues along with the rock ‘n roll of Elvis Presley; Nashville is known as Music City. In East Tennessee, you’ll hear the sounds of bluegrass music against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, where Dolly Parton grew up. The new Tennessee Music Pathways can guide you through Tennessee by music genre. Seven music genres call it home but there are many more with direct connections to the people and places of Tennessee.
In addition to the exciting attractions, scenic beauty, music, history and outdoors, the fine arts thrive alongside authentic regional crafts. Sports share the spotlight with great musical attractions. Major medical centers, colleges and universities, and active civic organization enhance Tennessee and offer a sense of community for citizens.
So if you are thinking of making a move, take a good look at Tennessee. It’s not just about the natural resources. It’s about your resources, too. Tennessee’s quality of life is high and its cost of living is low. See just how much you can save by calculating your low cost of living in any of the 22 counties that are official Retire Tennessee communities by visiting RetireTennesse.org.
Discover what true southern hospitality means. Tennessee is the good life, only better.