There is so much to do, so much to see in Tennessee. It's exciting to be able to drive anywhere in a matter of a day or just a few hours in many cases.
Hawaii was around and around the island and the same old tourist destinations over and over when someone came to visit. Idaho is beautiful, but add grey cold weather 6+ months of the year, loses its luster fast.
I guess I'm simply a wanderlust.
When we learned the name Tennessee means the " Gathering Place", that was it for us.
Here’s some cool and fun facts about Tennessee.
Tennessee is tied with Missouri for sharing borders with eight states. Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Missouri. Add 8-10 hours to Florida or the Carolina Coast....just pick one.
Temperatures are comfortable, and the weather is very sunny. Just bring some layers for the cooler evenings - no need to worry about much rain! Winter months, while lacking snow most of the time, will still be cold. Warm coats (and sometimes scarves and hats) are must-bring items. If you're visiting the Smokey Mountains, it may be colder in the winter.
Tennessee gets 53 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.
The average is 5 inches of snow a year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.
On average, there are 207 sunny days per year. The US average is 205 sunny days.
Tennessee gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 116 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted, you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.
Summer High: The July high is around 88 degrees.
Winter Low: the January low is 27 Rain: averages 53 inches of rain a year.
Snow: averages 5 inches of snow a year
If you’re planning to move to Tennessee, your wallet might get a nice break. Why? Tennessee is among the most affordable 10 states, at No. 6, according to MERIC data from third Q 2021.
You could hop down to Mississippi (the lowest cost of living among 50 states and the District of Columbia), Alabama (fourth lowest), or Georgia (fifth lowest), but Tennessee is more affordable than nearby states like Arkansas, Kentucky, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Florida.
What is the average cost of living in Tennessee? The total yearly personal consumption cost is $37,499, on average, according to 2020 data from the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Here’s what you can expect to spend across major purchasing categories.
Average Annual Per-Capita Cost in Tennessee
Housing and Utilities
Food and Beverages (non-restaurant)
Gas and Energy Goods
All Other Personal Expenditures
Housing Costs in Tennessee
Average Housing Costs in Tennessee: $746 to $1,244 per month
Considering that Tennessee is one of the cheapest states to live in, it is no surprise that the average home price is on the lower side. Zillow calculated the typical home value as about $253,000 in late 2021.
The latest census data gives an idea of what to expect housing costs to look like in Tennessee every month:
Median monthly mortgage cost: $1,244
Median studio rent: $746
Median one-bedroom rent: $780
Median two-bedroom rent: $866
Median three-bedroom rent: $1,000
Median four-bedroom rent: $1,148
Median gross rent: $904
To get a clearer picture of what the Tennessee housing market is like, these are typical home values in some major Tennessee cities, according to Zillow data sourced in late 2021.
Typical Home Price
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