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MAIN Arrow to Home LifeHome Life Arrow to HouseHouse & Home Arrow to MovingMoving Arrow to TennesseeTennessee

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Traditional, modern Nashville.

Still a major southern cotton producer, Tennessee is also famous for acres of farmland devoted to soybeans and beef cattle, as well headquarters for such major corporations as FedEx, AutoZone and International Paper - all based in its largest city, Memphis.

Other major employers throughout the state include those in the health care, banking and hi-tech sectors.

Tourism also plays a strong part in the Tennessee economy with visitors attracted to the urban charms of Memphis, the Grand Ole Opry, and other entertainment venues and hotspots in Nashville, as well as scenic drives around Blue Ridge and the Great Smoky Mountains.

What fuels the great move to the South by America's corporate sector? Along with neighbors South and North Carolina, a favorable business climate and lower cost of living in Tennessee is a major draw, underscored by affordable housing and low property taxes.

In addition, the state imposes no state taxes on income and wages although it does make up for it with one of the highest sales taxes in the nation, reaching more than 9 percent in some areas.

Tennessee quality-of-life statistics

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Moving to TN
Fast Facts

Find a job: Find a Job in Tennessee

Start a business: Starting a New Business in Tennessee

Get a driver's license: TN New Resident Drivers License

Retire to Tennessee: Retire

Demographics : (Tennessee Census Data)
Major cities: Nashville (capital), Memphis, Knoxville, Clarksville, Chattanooga
Population : 6,038,803
White : 80.7%
Black, African American : 16.8%
Hispanic : 3.0%
High school graduates : 75.9%
Bachelor's degree or higher : 19.6%
Average household income: $38,945

Cost of Living: Sperling's Best Places - Tennessee - Compared to the rest of the country, Tennessee's cost of living is 18.94% lower than the U.S. average.

Personal Income Taxes: Tennessee does not impose state taxes on wages, but does assess income from stocks, bonds, and other investments at a flat rate of 6 percent.

Housing & Real Estate Overview : also see Zillow - Tennessee Real Estate
Home ownership rate : 69.9%
Average home price : $134,900
Average travel time to work : 24.5 minutes

TennesseeSchools : see Tennessee Department of Education

Weather : Hot and humid in the summer, but mild in the winter, Tennessee climate is most effected by tropical winds from the Gulf of Mexico and may suffer glancing blows from Atlantic Ocean tropical storms and hurricanes traveling inland in late summer.

Crime : see Tennessee Crime Statistics

also see -> Tennessee taxes | Tennessee eviction laws | Tennessee shopping outlets


More about relocating to Tennessee around the Web:

Moving to Tennessee
- Check out insider tips & advice on establishing residence, motor vehicle & voter registration, community & neighborhood guides, demographic data, schools & education.

Tennessee Encyclopedia of History & Culture- Click anywhere within the A-Z list, or search by category for an extensive collection of information on Tennessee history, architecture, schools & universities, famous people and lots more including Tennessee fun facts & trivia.

Live in Memphis - The Memphis Regional Chamber guides you through city services, job & employment stats, cost of living data, downtown and neighborhood guides, small business resources, area attractions, parks & recreation.

Moving to Nashville - Check out this helpful guide to real estate listings, information on city services & utilities, public & private schools, colleges & universities, houses of worship, telephone & Internet service providers, public libraries, tax information.

Knoxville Information - Here's help from the Knoxville Tourism Association with links to apartments & real estate, job listings, banks, auto dealers, shopping, area attractions.

Tennessee real estate, apartments & job classifieds:

Nashville : Tennessean
Memphis : Commercial Appeal
Knoxville : News Sentinel
Chattanooga : Times Free Press

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