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Old 08-31-2011, 02:54 PM
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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We are considering relocating to one of the areas with lakes around Nashville, Knoxville, Cookesville or (maybe) Chattanooga.

The climate seems pretty temperate in those areas (as compared to our current residence in Phoenix and our prior desire to move to Florida). Do these area's have any substantial influx of snowbirds or sunbirds? If so, what is the usual season related to the above areas?

Thank you.
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Old 08-31-2011, 06:25 PM
Location: Brentwood, Tennessee
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Middle Tennessee doesn't get them like NC gets half-backs or Texas has winter Texans.

It's not exactly temperate here. The mountains in east TN may get more snowbirds.
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Old 08-31-2011, 08:08 PM
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I agree with Wmsn4Life, I don't think Tennessee has nearly the number of half-backs as NC or, of course, as many snowbirds as FL. There are a couple of places in TN that are wildly popular with Northerners for retirement, namely Tellico Village (just south of Knoxville) and Fairfield Glade (next to Crossville), otherwise I'm not aware of any large scale retirement areas around here.

While we do have more and more retirees coming to our state, it's been my observation that they tend to be the more active retirees, meaning the kind who want to do more than just play golf. They seem to go to college towns where they can take classes just for fun, go to NCAA sporting events, support campus theater productions, attend recitals, etc. I've had some retirees as students here at U.T., and they all said that being in a college town helps them feel young again, something they couldn't get in a retirement development.

I think this is one reason why towns such as Cookeville, Knoxville, some Nashville suburbs, and even Chattanooga are becoming popular retirement areas because they offer a lot more than what's usually available in a typical retirement development. I've seen a lot of retirees move to the country, particularly around Cookeville and Knoxville, and buy a few acres for a "gentelman's farm" sort of thing.

But back to the OP's question, no, Tennessee does not seem to have a large influx of retirees (for now).

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Old 08-31-2011, 09:22 PM
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I don't think there is a particular seasonal population shift here. It's hot as hell in the summer, and in the winter, it's still cold enough where the snowbirds keep on driving. We're more of a permanent relocation state rather than seasonal.
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