Best Counties to Retire in Tennessee


Buyers and sellers of real estate – when asked what the three most essential considerations about a property are – will almost always answer “location, location, location”. While this answer is sometimes ironic, it’s often quite specific, and this answer perhaps applies more to retirees than any other demographic. Settling down after a lifetime of work and perhaps raising a family requires the perfect place: a place where you can enjoy life with as little hassle as possible.

When people aged 65 and over decide where they want to spend their golden years, they consider very specific factors, such as the cost of living, government services, health care facilities, weather and climate. general, crime rate, outdoor recreational activities, dining establishments, cultural and entertainment opportunities, and more.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to retire to in Tennessee using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors, including cost of living, healthcare, recreation, and weather. Learn more about the Niche methodology here.

Location is key as retirees determine where to spend their senior years enjoying their favorite activities; however, it’s a very unique decision based on a multitude of preferences and needs. Whether it’s bustling downtown areas or access to parks, affordable home prices or cultural amenities like museums, retirees looking to settle somewhere permanent are sure to find a haven. private in one of these Niche-recommended counties because, ultimately, there’s no place like home, no matter the location.

Read on to discover the best counties to retire in Tennessee.

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#15. Hamilton County

– Niche notes: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (B), weather (B-), outdoor activities (A)
– Best places to live: Signal Mountain (A+), Lookout Mountain (A), Fairmount (A)

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#14. Hardin County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B)
– Best places to live: Crump (B-), Savannah (C+), Olivet (C+)

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#13. McNairy County

– Niche notes: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A), weather (B), outdoor activities (B)
– Best places to live: Selmer (C+), Eastview (B-), Ramer (B-)

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#12. Knox County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (B), weather (B-), outdoor activities (A-)
– Best places to live: Farragut (A+), Knoxville (A-), Mascot (C+)

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#11. Johnson County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B), outdoor activities (B-)
– Best places to live: Mountain City (C)

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#ten. Giles County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C)
– Best places to live: Pulaski (C+), Elkton (B), Lynnville (B-)

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#9. Greene County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B), outdoor activities (B-)
– Top places to live: Tusculum (B+), Greeneville (B), Mosheim (C)

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#8. Decatur County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C)
– Top places to live: Decaturville (B)

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#seven. County of Roane

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (A-), weather (B-), outdoor activities (C+)
– Best places to live: Kingston (B), Midtown (B-), Harriman (C+)

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#6. Washington County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A-), cost of living (B+), weather (B), outdoor activities (A-)
– Best places to live: Johnson City (A), Jonesborough (A-), Oak Grove (B)

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#5. Carroll County

– Niche notes: good for retirees (A), cost of living (A), weather (B), outdoor activities (C+)
– Best places to live: McKenzie (B+), Clarksburg (B), Huntingdon (B)

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#4. Henry County

– Niche notes: good for retirees (A), cost of living (A-), weather (B), outdoor activities (B)
– Top places to live: Paris (B-), Henry (B), Puryear (B-)

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#3. Cumberland County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A), cost of living (B+), weather (B-), outdoor activities (B+)
– Best places to live: Lake Tansi (B), Fairfield Glade (B-), Crossville (C+)

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#2. Loudon County

– Niche notes: good for retirees (A), cost of living (B), weather (B-), outdoor activities (A-)
– Top places to live: Tellico Village (B), Loudon (B), Lenoir City (B-)

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#1. Sullivan County

– Niche ratings: good for retirees (A), cost of living (A-), weather (B+), outdoor activities (B+)
– Best places to live: Kingsport (A-), Colonial Heights (B+), Bristol (B+)


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