View East Tennessee’s Anderson County from the air and you’ll get a bird’s-eye view of the adventures that await you.
Spread across a valley and a plateau, the county offers unlimited outdoor recreation through its parks, the Clinch River and Norris Lake and its watershed, and Chuck Swan and North Cumberland wildlife management areas. Plan a fun-filled, life-on-the-lake getaway: Rent a cabin and a boat from a marina, dine by the lake and contemplate your move to this unspoiled haven. Catch a U.S. Rowing National Championship regatta on Melton Hill Lake, put in with your own kayak or canoe, or join Oak Ridge Rowing Association, also known as “Home of Atomic Rowing.”
Anderson County’s temperate climate offers wonderful outdoor opportunities, with four color-filled seasons. Lush growing seasons add to the beauty of the area and are a prime factor for the county’s expanding tourism industry. The Clinch River is a hot spot for trout and fly-fishing. Norris Lake and the Norris Watershed, with more than 2,300 acres, is a sought-after waterway for pleasure boating as well as for catching striped bass.
With trails for hiking, biking and horseback, you’ll soon understand why the region’s original Native American inhabitants were drawn to this landscape with its geographical diversity. Discover excitement in the Cumberland Mountains as you experience the Devil’s Triangle—45 miles of rural mountain scenery, with straightaways and switchbacks. Go off-roading, cross country or downhill mountain biking in Oliver Springs at Windrock Park, the country’s largest privately owned off-road recreation area, and catch a glimpse of Buffalo Mountain Wind Farm while you’re there. Learn what grows in East Tennessee as you explore nature trails at the University of Tennessee Forest and Arboretum or Haw Ridge Park in Oak Ridge.
Venture into Norris, Clinton, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs or Rocky Top. Each city has its own brand of storytelling to acquaint you with its historical significance. Norris began as a planned community, built by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), and is the site of the first TVA dam. Visit Lenoir Historical Complex at Norris Dam State Park to see a story told through artifacts from an era of hard work and ingenuity. Take home antiques or a collectible from Clinton, acclaimed for its downtown historic district. While you’re in Clinton, have lunch from the authentic soda fountain at Hoskin’s Drug Store. Inside Oak Ridge’s American Museum of Science and Energy, discover how 75,000 people kept one of WWII’s biggest secrets; then, hop on the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train for a 14-mile ride as you learn about this birthplace of the atomic age.
Among notable stops along the way when driving through Anderson County are John Rice Irwin’s Museum of Appalachia in Clinton and the Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge, where you can have a hands-on experience while learning about East Tennessee’s Appalachian heritage. Split-rail fences, authentic log cabins, farm animals and artifacts are part of the 40-year re-creation of the pioneer story told by the Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Institution Affiliate. Browse the handiwork from artists of the region in the gift shop and sit down to a home-cooked meal in the restaurant. Museum of Appalachia is an ideal location for reunions, weddings and meetings.
With an average population of 75,129, Anderson County offers an attractive cost of living that is below the national average, at less than 10%. The county boasts livability at its best—lake, mountain, farmland or other picturesque settings, all with city conveniences.
Examples of 200k Homes
Accessibility to Anderson County is a strong positive, as it is within a day’s drive of 70% of the U.S. population. Served by I-75 in the east, I-40 in the county’s southern portion, I-81 to facilitate the eastern industrial parks and Pellissippi Parkway as a connector, the county’s transportation system includes one U.S. highway and four state highways.
Healthcare in Anderson County is available through Methodist Medical Center in Oak Ridge. Find other accessible healthcare at Parkwest, Tennova, University of Tennessee Medical Center, Provision Proton Center and East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, Knoxville.
The county’s industrial hub is Clinton, with three industrial parks that employ over 3,500 people. Clinton has a number of public parks, an annual county fair with more than 100 years of stories to tell, a large community center with sports facilities and a bowling alley, and many meeting rooms. Seven miles west of Clinton, Oak Ridge is home to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Y-12 National Security Complex, and is recognized for its celebration of the arts—from its often-performing orchestra to Oak Ridge Playhouse, as well as a vibrant art center and several museums.
Tax & Living Expenses
Recently, Tennessee earned a number-one spot among states considered prime retirement locations in a Bankrate.com study. Ranked by data such as climate, tax rates, cost of living and access to health care, Tennessee has a cost of living 9.6% below the national average.
Our state and local tax burden is the third lowest in the nation, with residents enjoying no income tax except on interest and dividends. State sales tax is 7%; 6% for food.
Tennessee has no state property tax. Property taxes are locally determined and collected.
According to Zillow, the median home value index in Anderson County is $118,100 and the county’s median sale price for homes is $122,030.
Retirees interested in advancing their education may do so at these area institutions:
- Roane State Community College, located in Oak Ridge, offers both credit and non-credit classes, and provides associate degree programs along with career and developmental programs.
- University of Tennessee Continuing Education. The University of Tennessee, 30 minutes away in downtown Knoxville, is one of the nation’s top 100 research universities and offers more than 300 degree programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies.
- Pellissippi Community College, in Knoxville, offers many professional certificate programs, continuing education courses, and technical and industrial training.
- Oak Ridge Senior Center
Experience Living in Anderson County
The area has Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Bristol and all kinds of entertainment! We can't forget the University of Tennessee Vols and the Tennessee Titans. I'm still an Ohio Buckeye fan! With community playgrounds and parks, the Smoky Mountains, the Clinch River, and the Anderson County Fair, along with many other festivals, we are very happy that we have retired here in Anderson County, Tennessee!- Chuck and Judy Kuhens
We decided on East Tennessee because we didn’t want to shovel snow and live anywhere too cold! Clinton, Tennessee, in Anderson County is a central location for us to be near our three children and their families. Living in Tennessee with no state income tax was very important to us also. Nearby, we have shopping, Norris Lake, and lots of history and museums. Being close to major freeways, we have many ‘snow birds’ coming and going to Florida that visit us.- Chuck and Judy Kuhens
Anderson County can take some of the hassle out of your lifestyle visit. We have arranged discounts with select hotels and have coordinated VIP treatment for our visitors with participating development partners (subject to availability).
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