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3 Best Places to Move to in Tennessee

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If you’re moving to Tennessee for work or just to be closer to family, then maybe you don’t have anywhere special picked out yet. You just know you need to call the state home.

While you will eventually need to get serious and make up your mind (it would help to know your permanent address, wouldn’t it?), none of that needs to be done now. That’s because now is the time for doing research and seeing what’s available.

Should you be looking at Knoxville real estate? Nashville? Chattanooga?

We’re going to help you with some of this by detailing the three best places to move to in Tennessee.


We’re guessing you knew Nashville would make this list. It is, after all, the capital and most populous city in the state. The place just looks nice and clean, but it isn’t necessarily the looks that bring people here.

No, we think the main attraction of Nashville is its historic renown as the national capital of country music. Many famous country and rock stars have passed through Nashville, and you’ll find plenty of live music throughout the metropolis to this day. You’ll also find enough museums, bars, restaurants, and other entertainment, which all make Nashville a really great place to live!


We now head to the southeastern part of the state to another huge city: Chattanooga. What’s cool about this place is that it’s both a metropolis and a gateway to Tennessee’s more rural areas. Chattanooga is located near both the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau, two huge natural expanses that are just begging for exploration and photography.

But you’ll also find plenty of urban activities to take part in in Chattanooga, such as the Tennessee Aquarium, the Hunter Museum of American Art, and the Chattanooga Zoo.


Bringing up the rear is Knoxville, Tennessee, an eastern city that’s actually the state’s third most populous. It’s located right on the Tennessee River and offers more than enough to do for both residents and visitors.

Try the Star of Knoxville riverboat tours. You can take the Civil War tour for a relaxing cruise down the Tennessee River with plenty of historical context and commentary.

Or jump aboard one of the Knoxville Food Tours, which take groups through some of Knoxville’s more notable local eateries so that you can sample brunch, lunch, and dinner while learning about the history of the city’s famous restaurants.

Maybe you’re looking for an escape from the urban bustle to get away into more natural spots. In that case, try World’s Fair Park in the downtown area. The park is where the 1982 World’s Fair was held, but today, it’s a beautiful green area with fountains, walking areas, a waterfront, and numerous performance areas for live shows.

So, if Tennessee is your new thing, try out one of these three cities, or explore even more on your own. You never know what could be waiting for you!

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