Are you moving to Tennessee? Congratulations! Great quality of life awaits you in this amazing state.
Before your move, it’s best to learn as much as you can about the state to make the transition to your new home smooth and enjoyable. Here are some of the things you need to know about The Volunteer State.
- The climate
Tennessee has four seasons – each season unfolds a different facet of the state’s abundant natural beauty. Spring ushers the blooming of more than 1,600 varieties of flowers, as temperatures hit a pleasant 65 degrees on average. Summer can get really hot, with average temperatures in the high 80s, making it the best time of the year to enjoy the many outdoor activities in the Great Smoky Mountains. Fall brings a stunning colorful landscape, with an average temperature of 62 degrees and plenty of rain. Winter is milder than most states, with an average snowfall of only about 32 inches and temperatures typically at 38 degrees.
- Employment opportunities
Tennessee is growing at a fast rate, offering plenty of job opportunities to residents particularly in major cities like Nashville, Memphis, and Knoxville. As the state’s third largest city, Knoxville is consistently ranked among the best cities to live in the US, with an unemployment rate that’s below the national average. One of the largest employers in Knoxville is the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where national nuclear projects were started in the 1940s. There are also plenty of opportunities in the health, trade, and government sectors.
- Schools and educational opportunities
Tennessee boasts excellent public and private schools, a number of which have been named among the best in the US. Five high schools in Knoxville are included in the Best High Schools rankings of US News & World Report. Knoxville is also home to the University of Tennessee, ranked in US News & World Report’s Best National Universities. Other higher learning institutions in the city are Johnson University, Tusculum College, South College, and more. The Tennessee Promise program allows a graduate of any Tennessee high school to attend a Tennessee community college for free.
- Cost of living and taxes
The cost of living in Tennessee is about 13% lower than the national average, as of the latest Census figures. In Knoxville, it is around 19% below the national average. The average housing and renting costs in Knoxville, as well as utility and transportation costs, are considerably lower than in other large metros.
Tennessee residents do not pay state income taxes, and while income on investments is taxed at a rate of 6%, there are plans of phasing this out by 2022. Property taxes are relatively lower than in most other states.
- Getting around
A personal vehicle is the most convenient mode of transport in Tennessee, but there’s also an excellent public transportation system in place. In Knoxville, the Knoxville Area Transit provides buses and trolleys that can take you around the city at reasonable fares. Bicycling is also fast gaining popularity given the city’s young population. Knoxville offers easy access to the I-40, I-75 and I-81, making traveling to destinations like Nashville and Atlanta a breeze. The McGhee Tyson Airport is only 12 miles away, providing connecting flights to major airports.