Clarksville : Tennessee

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What it's Like to Retire in Clarksville

Clarksville is the home of Austin Peay  State University.  Located in western Tennessee, Clarksville, population 125,000, is a popular town for retirees because of its low cost and taxes and the many recreational opportunities available in this state. That is one reason why Clarksville is the fastest growing city in Tennessee.

The Monkee's 1966 hit song was named for the city's old train station, "The Last Train to Clarksville". The Roxy Theatre is famous and still hosts weekly plays or other shows.  Fort Campbell Kentucky is 10 miles northwest of the city.

Where to Retire in Clarksville and Home Prices

Many active adult communities are being built in the area. According to the median price of a home was about $160,000 in the Clarksville area in late 2014.


What is special about Clarksville

Fastest growing city in Tennessee. The Roxy Theatre. Austin Peay State University.  Downtown Artist Coop


What is not special about Clarksville

Living in western Tennessee could be a big adjustment for someone from the northeast U.S.

Who will like retirement in Clarksville

Retirees who want a college town and enjoy outdoor recreational activities.


Local economy is driven by

Construction, Public Administration


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature in Clarksville is 35 degrees,  the average July temperature is 80 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Has most of the usual chain restaurants, but very few unique places to eat. A few exceptions include: The Fish House on Route 48 south of town, Brunies (Austrian) downtown and Excel BBQ (a gas station/restaurant) on the Ashland City Road.


The crime rate is slightly above average in Clarksville.

Medical facilities

Gateway Medical Center is the local hospital.


National International Airport is 57 miles

Valuable Links

Guide to Tennessee retirement
Clarksville online

What people are saying about Clarksville

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  • State: TN
  • Environment: College Town,Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: admin

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