It is impossible to think of East Tennessee without thinking of the Smoky Mountains. They frame the region’s eastern border in a haze of blue, and its mountain streams and rivers feed the area’s many lakes and reservoirs. The National Park has become an international destination for its peaceful settings and natural beauty, and boasts more plant species than any other park on the continent.
Often referred to as the “Great Lakes of the South,” the region is home to seven lakes stretching down the Tennessee Valley from the Tri-Cities to Chattanooga. Water covers more than 220,000 acres of East Tennessee, with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) reservoirs and rivers draining some 20,000 square miles. By navigating a series of locks and canals, you can travel by boat from Tennessee to the Gulf of Mexico.
While the lakes and mountains here are the two major attractions for retirees and second homeowners, the region is also within a day’s drive of 60 percent of the U.S. population, making it an ideal place to call home.
The total tax burden is one of the lowest in the country (44th) and the cost of living is estimated to be 10% below the U.S. average.
The number of people choosing East Tennessee retirement continues to increase annually. Most often heard reasons include, “the low cost of living, the natural beauty of the region affords us so much to do, we wanted a moderate climate with continuing change of seasons, it’s an easy day’s drive to where we used to live or the places we want to visit.” They will tell you about award-winning medical facilities, the low cost of housing, or the lack of a state income tax. But mostly they will tell you, “I just love being able to wake up here every day.” With its majestic mountains, vast network of wilderness areas, lakes and waterways, one quickly realizes the potential for an exciting and adventure filled retirement in this beautiful state.
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