Retirees Pick Jefferson County

Retire Tennessee is a program focused on retiring seniors coming to settle within the East Tennessee community, and can be found on both state wide and local levels. East Tennessee is a popular retirement destination, and tourism boards across the state look for ways to market communities to this demographic of people.

Jefferson County is heavily looked at within this program. Tourism leaders, such as Adele Susong from the Retire Tennessee program, lead those who are looking for a slower pace of life home. Susong explained that when people are looking for a place to retire several things tend to happen before they settle on a location.

First, people tend to go on vacation to the destination. For those wishing to move to East Tennessee, this can be a number of places around the area, ranging from Dandridge to Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. The retirees want to feel out the area on these trips, and by staying here and spending their money here they create local revenue.

Usually, after the retirees spend two or three years returning to one location, they will choose to settle there. Many choose the area for the aspect of nature, or the prospect of living by a lake. Just as many consider the mild climate ideal for retirement. On top of these benefits, one of the most appealing aspects of living in East Tennessee is financial.

Many places around the country, especially the north-eastern part of the United States, have a high property tax. The cost of living is also incredibly high. By moving to Tennessee, retirees may be able to have their same size house as back home, or larger, for a fraction of the cost.

These factors, combined with a friendly community, create an atmosphere that bring people back to this part of the country year after year. Retire Tennessee gives those who want to settle here information and guidance while also listening to their specific needs.

Retire Tennessee seeks to bring more retirees to the community, and ultimately wants to see growth in both tourism and revenue, so that everyone can enjoy the East Tennessee community to the fullest for years to come.

Source: Elizabeth Lane, Jefferson County Post Staff Writer

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