These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Tennessee


We analyzed over 88 places in Tennessee to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Tennessee.

But where exactly in Tennessee? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Tennessee that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Memphis don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Volunteer State to retire:

  1. Memphis (Photos)
  2. La Vergne
  3. Bartlett (Photos)
  4. Germantown (Photos)
  5. Hendersonville (Photos)
  6. Shelbyville (Photos)
  7. Collierville (Photos)
  8. Smyrna (Photos)
  9. Franklin (Photos)
  10. Mcminnville (Photos)

Why did Memphis take the top spot? And where are Memphis and Knoxville?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Tennessee.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Volunteer State

To create our list of the best places in Tennessee to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Volunteer State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 88 places from across the state.

For these 88, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 88, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Memphis, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 655,857
Cost Of Living: 73
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 7,717
Memphis ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 1st place rank for cost of living and it’s 82nd place safety rank.

2. La Vergne


Population: 34,451
Cost Of Living: 86
Distance to Closest Airport: 9 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,223
La Vergne ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 46th place rank for cost of living and it’s 24th place safety rank.

3. Bartlett

Bartlett, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 58,318
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,971
Bartlett ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 61st place rank for cost of living and it’s 19th place safety rank.

4. Germantown

Germantown, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 39,213
Cost Of Living: 112
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,198
Germantown ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 84th place rank for cost of living and it’s 7th place safety rank.

5. Hendersonville

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 55,073
Cost Of Living: 104
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,543
Hendersonville ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 82nd place rank for cost of living and it’s 14th place safety rank.

6. Shelbyville

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,916
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 45 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,475
Shelbyville ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 25th place rank for cost of living and it’s 33rd place safety rank.

7. Collierville

Collierville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,005
Cost Of Living: 109
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,772
Collierville ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 83rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 16th place safety rank.

8. Smyrna

Smyrna, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,369
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,764
Smyrna ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 68th place rank for cost of living and it’s 30th place safety rank.

9. Franklin

Franklin, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 70,625
Cost Of Living: 128
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,541
Franklin ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 87th place rank for cost of living and it’s 13th place safety rank.

10. Mcminnville

Mcminnville, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,664
Cost Of Living: 81
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,544
McMinnville ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 17th place rank for cost of living and it’s 44th place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Tennessee goes to Memphis.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Pigeon Forge
  • Crossville
  • Sevierville

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Tennessee

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Memphis 1 655,857 73 4 7,717
La Vergne 2 34,451 86 9 2,223
Bartlett 3 58,318 89 15 1,971
Germantown 4 39,213 112 11 1,198
Hendersonville 5 55,073 104 13 1,543
Shelbyville 6 20,916 82 45 3,475
Collierville 7 48,005 109 15 1,772
Smyrna 8 45,369 91 13 2,764
Franklin 9 70,625 128 17 1,541
Mcminnville 10 13,664 81 58 4,544
Mount Juliet 11 29,853 102 11 2,013
Erwin 12 5,998 84 104 1,850
Murfreesboro 13 122,007 92 23 3,785
Brentwood 14 40,873 159 10 915
Spring Hill 15 34,364 99 29 1,094
Greenbrier 16 6,684 89 21 1,840
Springfield 17 16,650 83 27 5,783
Morristown 18 29,395 86 11 5,640
Henderson 19 6,491 79 79 2,541
Martin 20 10,989 82 66 2,484
Pulaski 21 7,728 79 67 5,680
Gallatin 22 33,426 96 21 1,705
Columbia 23 36,130 87 40 4,010
Goodlettsville 24 16,848 94 14 4,481
Mckenzie 25 5,650 80 81 3,858
Morristown 26 29,395 86 17 5,640
Jackson 27 67,162 82 65 5,653
Milan 28 7,803 80 66 5,023
Clarksville 29 146,281 92 48 3,581
Dyersburg 30 16,867 76 32 9,420
Nolensville 31 6,724 114 11 1,011
East Ridge 32 21,311 85 104 5,513
Humboldt 33 8,254 78 58 5,779
White House 34 10,944 94 23 2,229
Millington 35 11,069 79 20 5,339
Brownsville 36 9,938 82 46 6,097
Oakland 37 7,270 90 27 1,031
Red Bank 38 11,794 88 104 4,900
Munford 39 6,025 86 29 2,589
Cookeville 40 32,256 85 65 4,734
Maryville 41 28,151 88 147 2,504
Winchester 42 8,504 82 71 3,915
Elizabethton 43 14,012 82 105 6,373
Morristown 44 29,395 86 53 5,640
Bolivar 45 5,154 80 56 5,316
Tullahoma 46 19,185 84 57 4,498
Portland 47 12,125 88 33 3,315
Atoka 48 8,917 93 28 1,177
La Follette 49 7,131 79 143 7,418
Signal Mountain 50 8,500 119 101 705
Covington 51 9,016 79 32 8,828
Millersville 52 6,602 92 18 1,529
Jonesborough 53 5,234 90 113 1,471
Paris 54 10,168 80 91 5,428
Savannah 55 7,043 81 99 7,851
Knoxville 56 183,927 81 152 7,415
Dayton 57 7,308 84 103 5,281
Mount Carmel 58 5,425 85 134 1,235
Bristol 59 26,734 82 117 4,073
Church Hill 60 6,723 82 133 1,993
Ripley 61 8,249 81 27 6,509
Dickson 62 15,098 87 10 6,106
Fairview 63 8,271 96 26 1,390
Lawrenceburg 64 10,573 81 70 6,469
Lebanon 65 29,439 94 19 3,984
Newport 66 6,856 81 136 11,216
Cleveland 67 43,276 87 109 6,823
Kingsport 68 52,871 85 127 5,579
Clinton 69 9,993 83 142 4,132
Harriman 70 6,223 81 118 4,885
Kingston 71 5,841 90 122 2,191
Collegedale 72 10,438 102 103 2,002
Greeneville 73 15,035 86 124 4,915
Manchester 74 10,387 86 56 5,911
Dickson 75 15,098 87 38 6,106
Morristown 76 29,395 86 148 5,640
Chattanooga 77 175,462 88 108 7,219
Fayetteville 78 7,033 82 67 6,284
Morristown 79 29,395 86 161 5,640
Sweetwater 80 5,877 83 128 5,359
Soddy-Daisy 81 13,162 90 103 2,902
Athens 82 13,651 85 124 8,109
Rockwood 83 5,443 82 113 7,404
Alcoa 84 9,058 80 152 6,403
Loudon 85 5,701 99 132 1,368
Sevierville 86 16,213 90 155 5,045
Crossville 87 11,308 89 92 9,426
Pigeon Forge 88 6,092 88 152 7,321

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