SAY YES TO TENNESSEE!
Kiplinger Personal Finance says:
Knoxville, TN is rated the 5th City in the U.S. to offer its residents the BEST VALUE in the Nation.
Tennessee’s cost of living is 10% below the national average but could be much lower for you depending on where you live. For example, for someone living in South Florida the cost of living in the rural eastern mountains of Tennessee would decline by 22%. This means that if you now make $50,000 a year you would be able to maintain your lifestyle with just $38,946. This is because the overall living expenses that include food, housing, utilities, transportation, health and miscellaneous like clothing, restaurants, repairs and entertainment are 22% higher in Miami than in Harriman, Tennessee (Harriman is about a 20 minute drive from Green Ridge Trails).
There is no state property tax. Property taxes are locally determined and collected therefore, East Tennessee counties have some of the lowest property tax rates in the nation. There is no state income tax. Pair those savings with a mild climate and four distinct seasons and you will know why the Eastern Mountains of Tennessee are consistently ranked one of the “Best Places to retire.”