Greeneville : Tennessee


What It Is Like to Retire in Greeneville

Greeneville is a diversified community of just over 15,000 nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in East Tennessee - a community abounding in natural scenic beauty, warm friendly people, a fascinating history and an unlimited variety of outdoor activities.  

The second oldest town in Tennessee, Greeneville's ambiance comes from a mixture of the old, with brick-lined sidewalks fronting homes dating back to the 1700s and 1800s, to the new, with its state-of-the-art performing arts center and the U.S. District Courthouse.  Founded in 1783, the community is steeped in history as the home of 17th president Andrew Johnson (pictured above, his home below) and frontiersman Davy Crockett (who was born in nearby Limestone). The town was a center of abolitionism in the 1800's. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia; statue of Andrew Johnson and Andrew Johnson house both by Brian Stansberry; Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/ .


Where to Retire in Greeneville and Home Prices

The median home value in Greeneville was about $100,700 in mid-2019, according to Zillow.


What Is Special about Greeneville

Greeneville is surrounded by rolling hills and mountains that not only provide a panoramic of color in its 4 distinct seasons, but are also the setting for a variety of outdoor opportunities - from camping and hiking to some of the best bass fishing around.  The community is home to 7 golf courses, 4 parks, as well as the Cherokee National Forest and the Appalachian Mountains.


What Is Not Special about Greeneville

Greenville is a small town in eastern Tennessee, which might not appeal to everyone. The crime rate is above average.


Who Will Like Retirement in Greeneville

The Greeneville community as been recognized nationally in publications such as Pinnacle Living and its "Top 23 Mountain Towns," America's Most Charming Towns & Villages, Best Small Towns in America, and was named the 12th best small town in the nation for corporate facilities.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Unemployment is above the national average. The three largest industries in Greene County are manufacturing, agriculture and tourism. This diversity develops stability in the economy and flexibility in the workforce. Over 85% of Greene County residents work within the county, more than any other of the seven neighboring counties. More than 1,700 businesses employ 30,940 people, with an average of 18.2 employees per business.

Climate and Physical Environment

With its central location in the eastern U.S., the community is within a day's drive of more than 70% of the country's population.  Greene County is accessible by Interstate 81, within 50 miles of I-40, I-75 and I-26 and is served by U.S. Highways 11E, 321 and TN 34, 70, 93 and 107.  The average January temperature is in the low 30's and the average July temperature in the mid 70's.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

A broad spectrum of events and and activities is provided for the enjoyment of local residents.  From the Annual Iris Festival in May and the summer baseball games of the Greeneville Astros to the June antique car "Cruise-In" and the Christmas performances of "The Nutcracker," the community offers year-round attractions to please individuals from all walks of life.  The community also features a wealth of antique shops, art galleries and a state-of-the-art performing arts center.



The crime rate is a bit above average.

Medical Facilities

Healthcare needs of the community are met by two hospitals staffed by more than 100 physicians in a variety of specialties.  Healthcare services are enhanced by Greeneville's close proximity to major medical centers in Knoxville and the Tri-Cities area.



Greeneville offers a variety of transportation for your needs.  From the 6th largest municipal airport in the state to Greene Coach Bus tours, Greyhound bus lines and rail services to close proximity to larger airports in Knoxville and Blountville, TN. 


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What people are saying about Greeneville

Greenville TN
Thank you Ella for your input with more information on Greenville, it is always nice to get updated from those who know the area.
Posted by Jane at Topretirements on September 17, 2018
Greenevill, TN
I live about half an hour north of Greeneville in Jonesborough, TN. Consequently, i feel comfortable tweaking the information listed a bit. Regarding the summer temperature, the average daily high is usually about 88 degrees. While cooler than the towns going westward, it is quite warm. Humidity can vary from quite humid to not too bad. This past year, summer began on May 1st, so we\'ve been experiencing about five months of summer. I\'m not sure if this is typical as this is only my second summer and third fall here. I\'m assuming that the airport mentioned is for small aircraft only, as i have never heard of anyone flying out of Greeneville. More likely Blountville, Asheville, or Knoxville. One very attractive feature of the area is the number of transplants here. Because so many people come from so many places, most people are open and friendly; including those native to the area.
Posted by ella on September 16, 2018

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