Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner of Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Quality of Life

THE TENNESSEE LIFESTYLE.

In Tennessee, we think the quality of life should be high and the cost of living should be low. No other state offers the lifestyle Tennessee provides.

Make your life where you make your living. Whether it’s the sophistication of our big cities or the southern charm of our small towns, our state offers a cost of living well below the national average.

From the foothills of the beautiful Smoky Mountains to the broad banks of the Mississippi, the Volunteer State spans three distinct regions, each with its own personality. You’ll have plenty of room to stretch your legs and plant your roots.

Tennessee boasts some of the lowest housing prices in the United States, and your dollar will stretch further here than almost anywhere else in the country.

And there’s plenty here to amuse and entertain you, from our legendary music and arts to our stunning scenery to the endless options for outdoor recreation.

Tennessee’s music and arts pedigree is unlike any other. After all, our state is the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll and country music, the home of the blues and the starting point of soul. Music is only the beginning. Tennessee is the new hub of creative innovation, technology and performing arts—a playground for big names and even bigger ideas. Our state is where classic meets cutting edge.

Tennessee is legendary for breathtaking landscapes, from lush forests and crystal-clear rivers to rolling hills and awe-inspiring mountain vistas. People come from all over the world to take advantage of our state’s abundant resources for fishing, hiking, boating, hunting, golfing, cycling, horseback riding, rock climbing and more.

Since we appreciate the value of loyalty and the thrill of the game, allegiance to our favorite sports teams runs deep. Tennesseans show their colors at stadiums, racetracks, arenas and ballparks across the state. There’s no shortage of professional and collegiate teams to cheer on.

Quick Facts

10.3%

Below the cost of living national average

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21.3%

Below national average for housing costs

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#2

Lowest tax burden in the U.S.

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130+

State parks and natural areas

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#1

Most visited national park in the nation

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30

National historic landmarks

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12

Of the state’s colleges and universities compete on the NCAA Division 1 level

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CNBC NAMED TENNESSEE AS THE STATE WITH THE FIFTH LOWEST COST OF LIVING IN THE NATION.

The State of the Arts

Tennessee’s thriving arts and entertainment community offers a feast for the senses and the soul. The Volunteer State is home to nine annual film festivals, a host of dance companies and dozens of theater troupes. Our museums showcase stunning works in every medium and from many cultures, from the paintings of the Old Masters to avant-garde photography.

Tennessee Theatre

Grand Ole Opry

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Country Music Awards

Stax Records

Sports

There’s no shortage of sports to enjoy in Tennessee. We’ve got the NBA, NFL, NHL, Nascar and the PGA. 12 of our state’s colleges and universities compete on the NCAA Division 1 level.

NBA
Memphis Grizzlies

College Football
University of Tennessee

PGA
St. Jude Classic

NASCAR
Brisol Motor Speedway

NFL
Tennessee Titans

The Outdoors

People come from all over the world to take advantage of our state’s abundant resources for fishing, hiking, boating, hunting, golfing, cycling, horseback riding, rock climbing and more.

Great Smoky Mountain National Park

300+ Golf Courses

More than 141 State Parks and Natural Areas

13 National Historic Landmarks

We’ve known for 30 years that Middle Tennessee is a great place to do business. Middle Tennessee offers the business environment, skilled workforce and quality of life to support our growth.

- Wayne T. Smith, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Community Health Systems, Inc.
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  • State of the Arts

    Tennessee’s thriving arts and entertainment community offers a feast for the senses and the soul. The Volunteer State is home to nine annual film festivals, a host of dance companies and dozens of theater troupes. Our museums showcase stunning works in every medium and from many cultures, from the paintings of the Old Masters to avant-garde photography.

    World-renowned attractions include:

    • Elvis Presley’s Graceland
    • Sun Studio
    • Memphis Rock ’n’ Soul Museum
    • Stax Museum of American Soul Music
    • Grand Ole Opry
    • Ryman Auditorium
    • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
    • Schermerhorn Symphony Center
    • Brooks Museum of Art
    • Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and Museum of Art
    • Frist Center for the Visual Arts
    • The Parthenon
    • Hunter Museum of Art
    • Knoxville Museum of Art
    • International Storytelling Center
  • Power Play

    Take a breather in the great outdoors we’re so famous for. Take to the water or the skies, wander a mountain trail or explore historic sites.

    Our outdoor and historic areas include:

    • 11 national parks, including Great Smoky Mountains National Park
    • 13 national natural landmarks
    • 30 national historic landmarks
    • More than 141 state parks and natural areas
    • 300+ golf courses

    For sports fans, there’s no shortage of professional and collegiate teams to cheer on, including:

    • NBA: Memphis Grizzlies
    • NFL: Tennessee Titans
    • NHL: Nashville Predators
    • NASCAR: Bristol Motor Speedway
    • PGA: St. Jude Classic
    • 12 of the state’s colleges and universities compete on the NCAA Division 1 level
    • 9 minor league and rookie baseball teams across the state
  • Cost of Living

    Calculate your cost of living

    C2ER’s Cost of Living Index ranked Tennessee fifth for lowest cost of living in the nation.

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    Urban AreaAll Index Items (100%)Grocery Items (13.47%)Housing (28.15%)Utilities (9.90%)Transportation (8.99%)Healthcare (4.57%)Misc Goods & Services (34.92%)
    Chattanooga97.093.3101.594.491.3104.696.1
    Cleveland86.6105.072.992.687.085.389.0
    Cookeville87.985.968.5100.186.489.9100.9
    Jackson-Madison County92.079.773.077.497.196.5114.4
    Knoxville82.286.371.890.083.887.685.7
    Memphis83.391.365.8103.789.185.186.8
    Morristown90.197.670.8108.585.387.199.3
    Columbia-Maury County92.195.789.591.585.181.496.1
    Nashville-Murfreesboro96.797.391.190.4100.381.9103.9
  • Climate

    Tennessee enjoys a generally mild climate, providing favorable conditions for taking advantage of the state’s abundant outdoor environment as well as working and living with a minimum number of weather-related disruptions.

    Monthly Weather Averages

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    JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
    Chattanooga
    High (°F)505564738087909083736252
    Low (°F)313441485766706962504033
    Precipitation (")4.924.844.963.984.094.064.923.464.063.275.004.88
    Knoxville
    High (°F)475261717885888781716050
    Low (°F)303340485765696862494134
    Precipitation (")4.763.905.043.504.334.763.983.393.033.034.094.37
    Memphis
    High (°F)505564738189929185746352
    Low (°F)333644536270747365544435
    Precipitation (")3.984.415.165.515.243.624.612.873.073.985.475.75
    Nashville
    High (°F)475261717886898982726049
    Low (°F)283239475765696861493931
    Precipitation (")3.743.944.094.025.514.133.623.193.433.034.294.25
  • COMMUNITY AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT

    We know that economic development doesn’t start with board meetings and blueprints—it starts with thoughtful community development. Tennessee continually invests in programs to ensure that our communities are among the best places in the world to live and work. We support rural communities to the resources they need, and see our towns and cities through downtown revitalization and management efforts.

    Our community and rural development programs include:

    ThreeStar is designed to strengthen economic development, ensure responsible fiscal management, and assist with public safety, health and education efforts at a local level.

    Select Tennessee helps communities prepare sites for investment and job creation, offering reduced risk and shortened timelines for development.

    Tennessee Main Street and its affiliated Tennessee Downtowns program help communities with downtown revitalization and management strategies based on the National Main Street Center model.

    National Flood Insurance Program provides technical assistance and coordination activities for sound floodplain management.

    Tennessee’s vibrant cities and towns provide a quality of life that is second to none, so you can live and work in a place you’ll be proud to call home.

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