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Best Places to Retire in Tennessee

Best Places to Retire in Tennessee
Do you want to retire in Tennessee? Below are our recommendations for the best places to retire in Tennessee. Click on the destination links to find area description and characteristics, area amenities and things to do, climate and weather, housing options, cost of living, senior assistance, area demographics and job & volunteer opportunities.

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retire in Roane CountyRoane County, Tennessee - Welcome to an area of lush green foliage and gently rolling hills punctuated by steep bluffs. A land full of sweeping valleys, clean air, clear rivers and lakes, and hospitable people that enjoy life at a relaxed pace.


retire in MemphisMemphis, Tennessee - Memphis is located on the southwest corner of Tennessee within Shelby County, the core county of the Memphis metropolitan statistical area. The Memphis MSA also includes Crittenden County in Arkansas; Benton, DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi; plus Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee.

retire in Anderson CountyAnderson County, Tennessee - Anderson County is the place to call home if you want to explore the outdoors, discover American heritage and history or just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery! From the beautiful rural countryside to picturesque mountain settings, from eclectic cosmopolitan cities to small “Mayberry” like living, Anderson County’s diversity is appealing to anyone who visits and is enticed to stay.


retire in Cocke CountyCocke County, Tennessee - Cocke County, Tennessee is one of the three contiguous Tennessee counties of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Four state and national forests (GSMNP, Cherokee National Forest, Appalachian Trail and Martha Sundquist Forest) and three rivers ( Pigeon, Nolichucky and French Broad) offer an abundance of natural activities.

retire in Elizabethton/Carter CountyElizabethton/Carter County, Tennessee - As a gateway to the Southern Highlands, Carter County is known for its beautiful natural sites. From the Watauga River, a trophy trout stream, to the peaceful waters of Watauga Lake, along the winding Appalachian Trail to the mile high Rhododendron Gardens on Roan Mountain, there's something for everyone.

retire in Paris & Henry CountyParis & Henry County, Tennessee - When folks who have found Paris and Henry County tell their friends about us, one word come into the conversation - "Charmed." We couldn't agree more. Rich in history and Southern culture, our community is just the right size to know your neighbors yet large enough for retired individuals to maintain an active lifestyle. It's truly a charmed existence.

retire in Weakley CountyWeakley County, Tennessee - Weakley County offers retirees the advantage and amenities of a college town, beautiful historic homes, southern hospitality, safe neighborhoods with low crime and equally low tax rates. The friendly atmosphere is encompassed with peaceful country surroundings, a natural scenic State Park, walking trails ,local dinning, libraries, seven annual festivals, additional seasonal and cultural events.

retire in KnoxvilleKnoxville, Tennessee - Full of history and culture, Knoxville’s Appalachian roots are obvious from the music you can hear at one of our historic theaters or the scenery you’ll enjoy floating along the Tennessee River on one of more than five major lake ways in the region. If you prefer dry land, a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just 30 miles from downtown Knoxville.

retire in City of GermantownCity of Germantown, Tennessee - Established in 1841, Germantown is in southeast Shelby County between Memphis and Collierville. Serving a population of just over 40,000. the City of Germantown has one defining goal: Excellence; every day. It is embedded in every dimension of city governance, guiding staff toward optimum performance in its pursuit of social, economic and environmental sustainability.

retire in McNairy CountyMcNairy County, Tennessee - McNairy County is a rural county that boasts a wide variety of historical, cultural and tourist interests. Unique foods, diverse and traditional music offerings, as well as an emerging arts community. McNairy County is beautiful, relaxing and peaceful in all seasons. Whether a family is looking to relocate or retire, McNairy County is a wonderful place to call home.

retire in Tennessee OverhillTennessee Overhill, Tennessee - The Tennessee Overhill, named in honor of the Overhill Cherokee settlements that once sat alongside the rivers that wind through this region. The land here is diverse. The high country offers rugged mountains, shady forest coves and mysterious mountaintop balds. Small towns and farms dot the foothills and river valleys. You won't find high rises here.

retire in Chester CountyChester County, Tennessee - Chester County, TN is conveniently located in the central, southwest area of the state and is situated about 85 miles northeast of Memphis, 135 miles southwest of Nashville, and is located just 15 miles south of Jackson, TN. Henderson is the County Seat of Chester County and is also the home of Freed-Hardeman University.

retire in Bristol TN/VABristol TN/VA, Tennessee - Bristol is filled with things to do including NASCAR racetrack, music, outdoor recreation, restaurants, shopping... more.

retire in Southern Middle Tennessee/ Tennessee ValleySouthern Middle Tennessee/ Tennessee Valley, Tennessee - Quiet with a multitude of natural resources providing outdoor recreation for all ages, especially the young retireee. Enjoy boating and fishing on the Tennessee River in our city of Clifton, hiking, bird-watching, RV-ing, campinig and nature walks along the Natches Trace National Pkwy in our city of Collingwood.

retire in Sparta, White County in the Upper Cumberland region of Middle TennesseeSparta, White County in the Upper Cumberland region of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee - Sparta is a great place to retire. Watch our video on "retiring to Sparta" and you'll see why. Quaint, small towns dot the landscape between wide scenic vistas of rural America, with rolling hills and flowing rivers in Sparta, White County, Tennessee.

retire in Nashville / Music CityNashville / Music City, Tennessee - Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, music, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities.

retire in Smoky Mountains RegionSmoky Mountains Region, Tennessee - Pigeon Forge, in East Tennessee, is surrounded by the Great Smoky Mountains and beautiful scenery for every season. Our town is made up of a delightful mix of life-long residents, young families attracted by nature’s beauty, and folks who have chosen to spend their retirement years in Pigeon Forge. Early history of our town dates back to before the Revolutionary War.

retire in Meigs County-DecaturMeigs County-Decatur, Tennessee - Meigs County-Decatur is located 50 miles from Knoxville and 50 miles from Chattanooga. The main highway is State Highway 58 going North to South and Interstate 75 is accessed by State Highway 30 which runs East to West. Meigs County is a small county population wise having approximately 7,000 residents.


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