Hendersonville : Tennessee


What It Is Like to Retire in Hendersonville

Hendersonville is a fast growing town in Northern Tennessee, about 20 miles northeast of Nashville, with a population of 54,068 (2013 census). The town is located on Old Hickory Lake and is popular for its scenic beauty and outdoor recreation. The lake provides boating, fishing, and water sports and is host to national fishing tournaments. Hendersonville also boasts golf courses and several parks with lighted football fields and baseball fields,volleyball and tennis courts, and miles of greenways. Rock Castle is one of the first stone buildings in Tennessee which was built by Revolutionary War Veteran Daniel Smith, and is listed with the National Register of Historic Places.

Due to it's proximity to Nashville and the music scene, many country western singers are said to make their homes here or are known to visit the lake. Taylor Swift attended her first two years of high school in Hendersonville and Jonny Cash, along with his wife June Carter Cash, had a home on Old Hickory Lake, and are buried in Hendersonville's cemetery. In 2009, Family Circle Magazine named Hendersonville as one of the 10 Best Cities for Families. Picture of Monthaven, a historic home in Hendersonville on the National Historic Register of Historic Places courtesy of Wikipedia and Robert L. Young, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Hendersonville and Home Prices

Hendersonville has several neighborhoods including a mixed-use development, along with waterfront homes on Old Hickory Lake . Zillow reports the median home value to be $330,563 in late 2020. There are communities in Hendersonville-see link on top left.


What Is Special about Hendersonville

Hendersonville is a in pretty location with a lake that is known for good fishing and boating along with all sorts of recreation. The town has a great library, medical center, parks, golf courses and shopping centers. Nashville is just 20 miles away.


What Is Not Special about Hendersonville

Winters are chilly and if you aren't an outdoorsy person you may not enjoy living here.


Who Will Like Retirement in Hendersonville

Retirees who want a mid-sized town with parks, boating and fishing, hospital, library and lots of shopping would like it here.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Manufacturing and retail drive the economy. Rhodes Car, maker of the 4-wheel bike, is headquartered here.


Climate and Physical Environment

Hendersonville does get a little snow, but averages less than 6 inches a winter.  The average January temperature is 41 degrees, with July's average 79 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There is a lot of outdoor recreation here with golf courses, boating, several parks and a greenway that connects them; Hendersonville also has an Arts Council that hosts art exhibits, workshops, crafts, wine tasting and a summer concert series; The Hendersonville Performing Arts Center presents family oriented theater productions, and historic Rock Castle conducts guided tours detailing the history of Daniel Smith; Nashville is just minutes away for a variety of restaurants and all the country music you could wish for.



Hendersonville's crime rate is below the national average.


Medical Facilities

Hendersonville Medical Center services the town.



Nashville International Airport is 20 mile away; Amtrak is about 15 miles away.  Hendersonville is not considered to be a walkable community.


Valuable Links

Hendersonville, TN

Hendersonville Arts Council

Hendersonville Chamber of Commerce


What people are saying about Hendersonville

Hendersonville, NC
We retired to Hendersonville from New Hampshire two years ago. We are very happy here. The community is very friendly and offers everything needed in order to live happily. The downtown is spectacular and offers countless activities throughout the year. Any and all retail and dining offerings are nearby. Medical care is abundant. Public Safety services are first class. The winter is brief. In a lot of ways I feel like this is NH only warmer. Although statistically the crime stats are reported as being high, we have never experienced any criminal activity. We feel just as safe here as we did in NH. This is a good area for anyone who wants to feel welcome and safe. The one downside for me is traveling to Asheville via the Interstate. I-26 seems to be backed every day. If you plan to visit Asheville a lot prepare to learn alternate routes. Other than that, I highly recommend Hendersonville.
Posted by mgolding on February 06, 2019
By all reports a nice town, but what about crime
By all reports that we can find most people are really happy about retiring to and living in Hendersonville. Seems to live up to the hype. But here was a comment from a visitor, and our response - feel free to chime in to the discussion! "I plan a retirement move this coming spring with most interest thus far in Hot Springs Village, AR. After your article, I looked at Hendersonville and thought it merited a “look/see” trip – until I looked up the crime versus population rates. Holy cow! I think I’ll pass. But I enjoyed your article just the same…." and our response: I am always amazed at the surprising crime rates in a lot of small towns, particularly in college towns and often in southern towns. Don't know if who is doing the crime, or what exactly is going on. One thing to look at is the type of crime. Lots of murders, rapes, and assaults not so good. If it is property related (mostly in Hendersonville's case, with the exception of assaults), then high crime rates often happen in the most surprising places. I spent some time looking through City-Data.com's discussion forums on Hendersonville and did not see much if any mention of crime. You might look there to get a better feel.
Posted by topretirementseditor on November 14, 2009

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