Paris : Tennessee


What It Is Like to Retire in Paris

Retirees come to Paris, Tennessee not for its resemblance to the famous French capital, but because they like living near one of the largest man-made lakes in the world. Paris is a small town of about 10,000 in northwest Tennessee, 15 miles from the vast and popular Land Between the Lakes recreation area. An active adult lifestyle is easy here, and there a variety of affordable retirement community options.  The mild climate makes this an ideal place to live in retirement. Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley provide ample opportunities for boating, fishing, and camping in the area.
Retire in Tennessee.  Paris is located in Henry County in northwestern Tennessee.

Where to Retire in Paris and Home Prices

Living on the man-made Kentucky Lake is popular with many baby boomers.  There are least a few condominium developments that offer plentiful amenities and 2 BR apartments. Other retirees choose to live in Paris, either in newer subdivisions or in existing single family homes. The median home value was  $135,166 in late 2021, according to, much lower than the U.S. average. Prices are surprisingly affordable for homes or lots with water views.


What Is Special about Paris

Lakeside living/outdoors lifestyle; Active downtown; Low cost of living; Hunting, fishing, boating, camping, hiking;. World's Biggest Fish Fry 


What Is Not Special about Paris

Big city amenities are two hours away--shopping is limited.


Who Will Like Retirement in Paris

People who like living on the shores of a beautiful lake, and like an active, small-town. 


Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, real estate, and retail are important to the Paris economy. Most of the local plants have shut down and moved away. Tourism and retail go hand in hand. Limited shopping within the city limits. Tiny old fashioned shops carry food, lake toys and fishing/ hunting supplies close to the lake. Real estate is low due to the high rate of foreclosure. Major source of revenue within the city is things relating to the medical field such as, hospice, Assisted living complexes, complexes for recovery after surgery, also there are a large number of car lots, new and used. Go here for information about Tennessee retirement taxes.

Climate and Physical Environment

Paris is near two vast lakes, Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley. Surrounding area is combination of thickly wooded, open, swamps, hills, and flatlands. Great for sportsmen of all kinds. It's not too hot in the summer, nor too cold in the winter; average snowfall is about 2 inches. Spring and Summer seem to go on forever! View Google Map for Paris TN

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Nashville is 107 miles away. Memphis is about 130 miles away. W.G. Rhea Library has great selection. The annual World's Biggest Fish Fry Festival includes a parade and arts show among other attractions.  Krider Performing Arts Center, Lee Academy for the Arts, world-class musicians and artists live locally,  annual Arts Round The Square, national juried art show in June.



Reported crime rate in Paris is above the national average ( index of 370 vs. 319)


Medical Facilities

Paris has a number of private clinics & a county owned hospital, Henry County Medical Center, a 140 bed hospital. The HCMC complex also includes a nursing home, hospice, and emergency medical center. Murray-Callaway County Hospital is 22 miles away in Murray.


Nashville International Airport is about two hours, Memphis International Airport is about two and a half hours, and Barkley Regional Airport is 60 miles away in Paducah, KY; 


Valuable Links

Paris Chamber of Commerce

What people are saying about Paris

Paris is a rural small community that is slowly moving forward in time. It is a community that is technologically challenged. Internet here is still in the dial up stage unless you are within the city limits and can get cable. Paying your bills with a credit card incurs up to a 25% charge to your bill. Online bill pay is just starting not to be a dream, they are still working it out. The local law enforcement just got sued for taking 14,000.00 from a lady passing thru town, she won her money back plus 75,000.00 in damages. The local law also locked down the local high school to take the drug dogs through the school and parking grounds. Daily reports of drug arrests, shots fired, and lots of local thefts listed in local paper Paris Post intelligencer. The property value is low due to foreclosures due to lack of jobs. Unemployment rate lowers because people have to leave to survive, or are arrested for turning to crime in order to survive here. Teenagers cannot find work locally since adults are competing for positions at local fast food. Yes, everyone wants to know you. They are real friendly, until you turn around. The locals are bored. They gossip and what they cant find out they make up. Only one department store ..walmarts of course, then a burkes outlet and pebbles. Most clothing is geared toward the older polyester blend crowd.
Posted by SallieMae on July 01, 2010
Paris is a wonderful place to live with very affordable living. There are a lot of very good real estate companies, and the agents are very friendly. But what ever you do make sure you [b:0f42c2056a]get a home inspection[/b:0f42c2056a] if you are buying a house in the area.
Posted by mrmrs on December 11, 2007
To me it was a big surprise that Paris made the list of 10 most popular retirement towns. Not that Paris isnt a great place, but that that many people had heard of it. I wonder why that is - any ideas?
Posted by readytoplay on August 19, 2007

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