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Retire in White House, Tennessee?
Overview: Originally a stagecoach stop on the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike, comfortable White House is along Interstate 65 about 25 miles north of Nashville. It is a rural but residential place, peppered with tall trees and green spaces.
The town has grown by nearly 300% within the last couple of decades, thanks mainly to Nashville families seeking a pleasant, safe place to raise their kids. Residents enjoy 120 acres of park land, and the community center includes a gym, a cafeteria, an auditorium and a senior center. The heavily wooded town greenway adds to the quiet, country atmosphere. Although the historic White House Inn was torn down in 1951, a replica was erected in 1986 and houses a burgeoning library and a museum. Tools, furniture and photographs from the town's early days crowd the 2nd floor space. The active chamber of commerce sponsors an Americana Celebration, and the town also hosts a Labor Day bike parade and a 5K foot race.
Churches, particularly Baptist, are plentiful, and community groups include the Lions and the Rotary Club. Most residences are made from brick, but antebellum homes are sprinkled here and there. Old Hickory Lake, about 20 miles away, offers opportunities for fishing, boating and waterskiing.
Population: 11,500 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 5% above the national average
Median Home Price: $235,000
Climate: Summer temperatures reach the mid-90s, and humidity is high. Winters are mild with temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center is 14 miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but TriStar Hendersonville Medical Center is 14 miles away and is accredited.
Public Transit: Mid-Cumberland Human Resources Agency operates a reservation based, door to door van service.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very, very conservative
Is Tennessee Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Somewhat
Cons: The tornado risk is 145% higher than the national average.
Notes: White House has a nice reputation. More services and supplies are available in Hendersonville, about 10 miles away.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
Explorer DeSoto visited this area in 1540, and in 1763 England won the land by winning the Indian Wars. Early pioneers named the new state Franklin, and in the mid-1780s, the region was allowed to send representatives to the legislature. The state joined the union in 1796 and the Confederacy during the Civil War. Many residents remained pro-Union and the state was the scene of extensive fighting.
Today the majority of Tennessee locals live in urban areas. Textiles, chemicals, electrical machinery, leather goods and furniture are the state's primary products. Tennessee also produces a lot of tobacco, but other income is derived from dairy products, livestock, nursery and greenhouse products, as well as cotton.
A few of the state's points of interest are the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Hermitage (home of Andrew Jackson), the American Museum at Oak Ridge (atomic energy), three national military parks, and Rock City Gardens (in Chattanooga).
Population - 6,651,218
Persons 65 years old and over - 15%
High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+ - 24%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin, percent - 6%
White persons, not Hispanic, percent - 75%
Median household income - $45,219
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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