Crossville, located in Eastern Tennessee, is a city with a bustling downtown and plentiful outdoor recreation. Popular for its nearby state park, residents also love weekly events hosted by local businesses. In addition, its location directly between Knoxville and Nashville make it popular for active adults looking for a small community near big cities.
Climate & Geography
Eastern and Central Tennessee experience a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot and humid, while winters are cold and more unstable in terms of temperature. There is more rainfall than average, less snowfall, and around 205 days of sunshine each year.
Crossville is situated on the Cumberland Plateau and surrounded by small lakes. It originated as the intersection of stage roads between Knoxville and Nashville, and eventually developed into its own metro area.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Much of Crossville’s outdoor recreation can be found at Cumberland Mountain State Park, a 1,720-acre park with hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and birding available to residents. In addition, the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area just outside the city has even more natural space.
Crossville’s downtown is very active, hosting several annual and weekly community events including the annual Taste of Crossville, weekly Thursdays at the Amp for concerts, and weekly Fridays at the Crossroads for restaurant and boutique events. There are also several antique shops, two wineries, and a weekend farmers market.
Residents looking for more high-end shopping and dining can head 90 minutes to Knoxville or two hours to Nashville.
Cost of Living & Taxes
Crossville’s cost of living is well below the national average, mainly because of the low cost of housing. Utilities and transportation are also below average, while groceries and health care are both above.
Tennessee is very tax friendly for retirees. There is no standard income tax, meaning all forms of retirement income remain untaxed. Property taxes are also low. Sales taxes, on the other hand, are the second-highest in the U.S.
According to Gallup’s Well-Being Index, Tennessee scores highest in the community factor of the survey, indicating that residents feel a strong sense of pride and safety in their community.
Cumberland Medical Center is the only hospital in Crossville. The closest hospitals that are rated as high performing by U.S. News are Cookeville Regional Medical Center in Cookeville and Jamestown Regional Medical Center-Tennessee in Jamestown.