Crossville, Tennessee – Retirement Guide

Crossville, Tennessee   Retirement Guide

Tucked into the center of Tennessee, on the Cumberland Plateau, Crossville lies in the midst of some of the state’s most lovely scenery. Retirees can explore the forests of Cumberland Mountain State Park — which are especially striking during the autumn season, or go boating, kayaking or fishing along the Obed River or Daddy and Clear Creeks.

In fact, the folks of Crossville — including its seniors — are so sporty and outdoors-oriented, the town has created a “Senior Olympics,” where seniors participate in competitive events such as swimming, cycling and bowling.

Crossville has also earned the nickname, “The Golf Capital of Tennessee,” thanks to its proximity to so many of the state’s best golf courses. The town lies in the midst of 12 championship courses, including Bear Trace at Cumberland Mountain State Park and Stonehenge at Fairfield Glade — 2 of the state’s best greens.

Retirees on a budget will appreciate that the cost of living in Crossville is more than 15 percent lower than the national average, and they will find the median home price is $108,500. In general, Tennessee’s tax situation is very friendly for retirees: there is a state income tax of 6% on dividends and interest income only.

Pros: Centrally located near parks and creeks, “golf capital” of Tennessee Con: Rainy weather, high rate of crime

At a Glance
Best For: Golfers and Outdoors lovers
Population: 10,903
Cost of Living: 16.3% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $108,500
Unemployment: 10.2%
Top State Income Tax: State income tax of 6% on dividends and interest income only
Crime Rate: 153% higher than national average

Crossville’s growing popularity among retirees is evident in the number of new retirement communities that have sprung up in the area.

Other area activities include annual festivals, like flower and art shows, as well as a number of nearby playhouses, a public library and cinema. Weather in Crossville is typically mild, though the region receives a good deal of rainfall.

Top Retirement Cities in Tennessee:  Chattanooga | Crossville | Paris

Photo by Dinesh Weerapurage via FlickrAll statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.