Our Communities

The Tennessee Department Tourist Development offers the “Retire Tennessee” program, which promotes Tennessee as an ideal place for retirees to call home.

The Retire Tennessee program consists of 23 rural and urban communities across the state. Each community meets the state's criteria of providing the resources and amenities needed to be a viable retirement destination. Take a look at each community and you are sure to find one that you can call home.  

The AARC (American Association of Retirement Communities) Seal of Approval program was established to recognize communities and master-planned developments that possess the resources and amenities to attract today's relocating retiree.

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West Tennessee

Warm and welcoming small towns—plus a few larger ones along the Mississippi River—punctuate the stories of West Tennessee’s legendary music, dramatic history and natural wonders.

West Tennessee’s boundaries are the Mississippi River to the west and the Tennessee River to the east. Memphis was founded in 1819 and is the largest city in West Tennessee. Kentucky Lake, in northwestern Tennessee, is the largest man-made lake in the eastern U.S.

Savannah - Hardin County 1
Savannah - Hardin Countyaarc (Savannah, Pickwick, Shiloh)
Lexington - Henderson County 2
Lexington - Henderson County (Lexington, Parkers Crossroads)

Middle Tennessee

The friendly heartland of Middle Tennessee is home to Music City, the Cumberland River and grand antebellum homes.

Middle Tennessee is characterized by rolling hills and fertile stream valleys. Geographically, it encompasses the Nashville Basin, the dramatic Highland Rim landscape and the western portion of the Cumberland Plateau.

Columbia - Maury County 3
Columbia - Maury County (Columbia, Mount Pleasant, Spring Hill)
Springfield - Robertson County 4
Springfield - Robertson County (Springfield, White House)
Gallatin - Sumner County 5
Gallatin - Sumner County (Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Millersville, Mitchellville, Portland, Westmoreland, White House)
Winchester - Franklin County 6
Winchester - Franklin Countyaarc (Winchester, Cowan, Decherd, Village of Sewanee)
McMinnville - Warren County 7
Cookeville - Putnam County 9
Cookeville - Putnam Countyaarc (Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, Monterey)

East Tennessee

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Appalachian arts and crafts, and bluegrass are part of East Tennessee’s celebration of culture and heritage.

Many of the loftiest peaks in the eastern U.S. lie in East Tennessee. Clingman's Dome is the highest peak, while Chattanooga is nestled in a mountain valley.

Dayton - Rhea County 12
Dayton - Rhea County (Dayton, Graysville, Spring City)
Madisonville - Monroe County 13
Madisonville - Monroe County (Madisonville, Sweetwater)
Harriman, Kingston & Rockwood - Roane County 14
Harriman, Kingston & Rockwood - Roane County (Oak Ridge and Oliver Springs)
Lenoir City, Loudon - Loudon County 15
Lenoir City, Loudon - Loudon County (Lenoir City, Loudon)
Clinton, Oak Ridge - Anderson County 16
Clinton, Oak Ridge - Anderson County (Norris, Clinton, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs, Rocky Top)
Jacksboro - Campbell County 17
Jacksboro - Campbell County (Jacksboro, La Follette, Jellico, Caryville)
Dandridge - Jefferson County 18
Dandridge - Jefferson County (Dandridge, Jefferson City)
Morristown - Hamblen County 19
Johnson City - Washington County 20
Johnson City - Washington County (Johnson City, Jonesborough)
Bristol, Kingsport - Sullivan County 21
Elizabethton - Carter County 22
Elizabethton - Carter County (Elizabethton, Biltmore, Hunter, Hampton, Tiger Valley)
Unicoi, Erwin - Unicoi County 23
Unicoi, Erwin - Unicoi County (Unicoi, Erwin, Banner Hill, Flag Pond)