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Retire to Tennessee

Tennessee became the 16th state admitted to the Union in 1796. Tennessee is in the Southeast region of the U.S. with North Carolina to the east and Missouri and Arkansas to the west.

Norris Dam
Norris Dam in east Tennessee
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Large cities include Memphis, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Nashville, the capital.

Tennessee's topography varies from the coastal plains between the Mississippi and Tennessee rivers in the west to the rugged mountains of the east.

Tennessee's climate is generally hot and humid with milder summers at the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are mild to cold. Annual precipitation levels for the state are well above average.

Leading sectors in Tennessee's economy are agriculture, textiles, processed foods production and automobile manufacturing. Tennessee ranks as a low tax state, one of the few states with no state income tax.

Retirement Cities

Tennessee is a favorite of retirees and three places are included in our survey of best places to retire. Get video tours of these great cities at Tennessee videos.

Gatlinburg, TN
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Ranks high in: Home Price Appreciation, Home Prices, Population Density, Water Quality, Taxes, Recreation
Population: 4,097
City Type: Mountains, National Parks
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Clarksville, TN
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Ranks high in: Home Prices, Water Quality, Taxes, Diversity
Population: 142,357
City Type: College Town, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid
Oak Ridge, TN
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Ranks high in: Home Prices, Population Density, Taxes
Population: 29,419
City Type: Mountains, Lakes & Rivers
Climate Type: Temperate & Humid

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