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If you've hung up your office attire for the last time and are looking for a great place to retire in the Volunteer State, then you're in the right place. We've done the research to determine where the hottest spots for retirement are in Tennesee.
Whatever your priorities are for retirement, we're sure Tennessee has what you need. If you're a diehard country music fan, you couldn't retire in a better place than Tennessee. Whether you're just visiting the Country Music Hall of Fame or Elvis's Graceland, or you'd rather catch a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, you'll never run short of places to go to get your country music fix. And if you've always been a whiskey enthusiast but want to become a real connoisseur, then you'll have to compare the hooch from Tennessee's 30-some-odd distilleries. Sounds like a good retirement hobby to me! Maybe, for you, retirement is a time to just chill out in nature. In that case, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a place you'll certainly want to frequent.
The best places to retire in Tennessee are fairly well spread out around the state, with a bit of a higher concentration in the Nashville Basin. If being close to a big city is an important factor in deciding where to retire, we'd suggest Brentwood as the best of the Nashville suburbs, while Germantown is the best place to retire near Memphis. If you want to retire in the place with the best scenery and easiest access to outdoor activities, then Greenville is definitely for you.
Crank up the Dolly Parton, grab a plate of southern comfort food, and turn off that alarm clock forever, because we're going to the best places to retire in Tennessee.
Whether retirement is right around the corner or still a far-off daydream, keep these Tennessee cities in mind when you're making a plan. Many of the cities on this list overlap with the best family cities in Tennessee, so they're all around good spots for every generation.
If you're wondering how we came up with this list, wonder no longer. We only looked at cities in Tennessee with a population of at least 10,000 people, leaving us with 49 cities to score. We looked at the data from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights to discover which of these 49 cities were the best in terms of safety, affordability, weather, and access to things to do. So which city was the most impressive by these metrics? According to the data, Paris is the best place to retire in Tennessee for 2020.
Still curious as to how each of the 49 Tennessee cities we examined ranked for retirees? Check out the complete list below.
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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Tennessee For 2020
Paris is a city in Henry County, Tennessee, 86 miles northwest of Nashville, on a fork of the West Sandy River and the Tennessee River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 10,156. It is the county seat of Henry County.
Lawrenceburg is a city in Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States, Lawrenceburg is the largest city on the state line between Chattanooga and Memphis. It sets on the banks of Shoal Creek. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city's population was 10,428 in 2010, with an estimate of over 14,736 as of the end of 2016. Lawrenceburg is the county seat of Lawrence County. The city is named after War of 1812 American Navy officer James Lawrence.
Greeneville is a town in, and the county seat of Greene County, Tennessee, United States. The population as of the 2010 census was 15,062. The town was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene. It is the only town with this spelling in the United States, although there are numerous U.S. towns named Greenville. The town was the capital of the short-lived State of Franklin in the 18th-century history of the Tennessee region.
Tullahoma is a city in Coffee and Franklin counties in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Tennessee. The population was 18,655 at the 2010 census. In 2014 the population was estimated to be 18,899. It is the principal city of the Tullahoma micropolitan area, which consists of Coffee, Franklin, and Moore counties and is the second largest micropolitan area in Tennessee.
Germantown is a city in Shelby County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 38,844 at the 2010 census.
Brentwood is a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee; located in Williamson County, it is known for its rolling hills as well as being one of the wealthiest cities in America relative to average cost of living. The population was 37,060 as of the 2010 U.S. Census, and estimated at 40,982 in 2014.
Elizabethton is a city in, and the county seat of Carter County, Tennessee, United States. Elizabethton is the historical site of the first independent American government located west of both the Eastern Continental Divide and the original Thirteen Colonies.
Dickson is a city in Dickson County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population at the 2010 census was 14,538, with an estimate of 14,993 in 2014.
Lewisburg is a city in Marshall County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 11,371 in 2014. It is the county seat of Marshall County. Lewisburg is located in central Tennessee, forty-eight miles south of Nashville and fifty-two miles north of Huntsville, Alabama, along I-65.
Gallatin is a city in and the county seat of Sumner County, Tennessee. The population was 30,678 at the 2010 census and 32,307 in 2013. Named for U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Albert Gallatin, the city was established on the Cumberland River and made the county seat of Sumner County in 1802. It is located about 30.6 miles northeast of the state capital of Nashville, Tennessee.
How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Volunteer State for 2020
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 -- 427 cities and towns.
We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 49 places from across the state.
- Low cost of living as measured by rent
- Low crime
- Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
- Nice weather
- Distance to the closest international airport
- Other retirees (High median age)
We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 49, with the lowest number being the best.
Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Paris, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.
Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Tennessee Yet...
So there you have it, the best place to retire in Tennessee goes to Paris.
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