Maryville : Tennessee


What It Is Like to Retire in Maryville

Maryville, Tennessee is a small college town of 23,000 that also happens to be only 15 miles from a much bigger college town - Knoxville (home of the University of Tennessee). This small town has all of the things that make Tennessee retirements so appealing - low taxes and cost of living, small town living, and outstanding recreation opportunities with nearby lakes and Great Smoky Mountains.

Maryville College is one of the town's top attractions for people who make this their retirement community. This private liberal arts college of about 850 has several buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. The almost 400 acre campus is in the center of town, yet offers pleasant trails and paths for walking and running. The presence of the college and its students make Maryville a special place. Many cultural events emanate from the campus as well.


Where to Retire in Maryville and Home Prices

There are many places for retirees to live in Maryville, either downtown or in the suburbs. Maryville has a twin city on its northern border, Alcoa. Some of the active adult communities nearby include Laurel Valley Country Club, Grand Vista, and Rarity Bay. Zillow reported that the median home value in Maryville has been on the rise during the last few years and was $232,679 in early 2021, a 12% increase during the past year.


What Is Special about Maryville

There a number of things that make Maryville special. Those include historic and beautiful Maryville College. The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is nearby. Many different housing options are available. It has some of the lowest taxes of anywhere in the U.S. Its recreational activities include 8 parks in town. Maryville enjoys a low crime rate. People who live here say they like the hospital, the mall, community spirit, and being close to educated people including those in nearby towns like Oak Ridge.

What Is Not Special about Maryville

Blount County is dry. Small town in the hills might not appeal to everyone. Posters on various bulletin boards have commented about "why Maryville has to be so junky", as in why are yards not maintained and certain areas look trashy. Some Topretirements members have visited Maryville. See bottom of this page for those reports.


Who Will Like Retirement in Maryville

People who like college towns and small towns.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Construction, education, healthcare.

Climate and Physical Environment

Maryville is at an altitude of 1000', very close to the Great Smoky Mountains. Maryville has a twin city on its northern border, Alcoa.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Maryville College is the main cultural force in the community. Its very large chapel and 400 seat performing arts center are host to many plays and concerts. The college's Clayton Center for the Arts offers ballet performances and also art exhibits. Locals can join a joint college/communal orchestra. The Blount County Library is new, very attractive, and popular. There are also many community festivals throughout the year, some of which are put on by the Maryville Arts Coalition. There is the Everett Senior Center with many programs.


The crime rate is about half the national average in Maryville.

Medical Facilities

Blount County Memorial Hospital has over 300 beds, while a short drive to Knoxville provides even greater medical resources.


McGhee Tyson Airport (Knoxville) offers commercial service just 4 miles away.

Valuable Links

Wikipedia on Maryville
Maryville City-Data
More community reviews at Topretirements
Town of Maryville
Mini-guide to retirement in Tennessee

What people are saying about Maryville

The truth about Maryville...
Maryville TN is an ideal place to retire. Each mild season lasts the same amount of time so if you don\'t like the weather, you can wait a few days and it will change. I have lived in Indiana, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, and Nevada and I must say that when we arrived here to Maryville 10 years ago, I finally found home. With Knoxville only 10 minutes away, we enjoy the benefits of a larger area without having to tolerate their traffic. Mountain views are everywhere as you drive around this beautiful town. With the Great Smoky Mountain National Park about 20 minutes away, one can head down to the Townsend, the peaceful side of the Smokies, and vacate for a day. Or one can drive Wears Valley on over to Pigeon Forge and let the grandkids play at Splash Country or visit Dollywood. The school system here cannot be beat. The people are kind... even the downtown is safe... You could not pull me out of Maryville, TN with a crowbar!
Posted by julie reynolds on February 20, 2013
what you should know
I was born and raised in maryville tn and there are some things you should know before moving here like maryville does have great sites worth seeing such as its parks and the great smokey mountains its government is extremly stupid it wont let the town grow to is potential cause they dont let many good buisnesses in and the police would rather get sit around doing nothing than to help anybody i been through that many times i have seen cops break many laws and abuse there power and the hospital is more like a quackspital think twice about moving here
Posted by donald vowell on September 11, 2012
Disappointed in Maryville
We took advantage of your newsletter and back-tracked to get over to Maryville, TN on our way back from Florida last week. Not even remotely sure why such a town is on your list of good retirement places?? There is ALCOA, 2 HUGE Funeral Homes........ in fact, one is across the street from the few restaurants on the main street of "Historic Downtown". Guess they offer 1/2 price on burial prices while dining. There is a tiny college and, of course, the Knoxville Airport which is along a stretch of highly commercialized franchised restaurant row. NOTHING was "special" about this place. Just another any-city-same-any-where-USA.
Posted by sid on August 06, 2010

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