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Living a Small town Lifestyle in Crossville, Tennessee

An area that has been on the upswing since FDR’s New Deal targeted it for economic development, Crossville Tennessee is a desirable community. Dubbed the “Golf Capital of Tennessee," the Crossville area has 12 golf courses. Many of the courses are built into the rugged terrain and are thus quite exciting. There is also great beauty and outdoor recreation from its location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Although services are fairly limited, there are still some offerings, such as a medical center, public library, and many clubs and things to do in this fast-growing town of just under 12,000 people. Religion is important to many people here – there are 70 churches in the area.

Photo of courthouse courtesy of Wikipedia and Brian Stansberry.

Where to Retire in Crossville and Home Prices

People in retirement tend to live either in the town in older homes on relatively spacious lots, or outside of town. The area’s popularity as a retirement destination has led to several very large active adult communities including Fairfield Glade, one of the country's largest, and the Holiday Hills area. Home prices are very affordable, although as the housing market has crashed in other areas of the country Tennessee's competitive advantage has narrowed.  The Crossville median home value was $258,315 in early 2023, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Crossville

 Small town with affordable living; Golf capital of Tennessee with a dozen interesting courses; headquarters of the U.S. Chess Federation; Centennial Park; Meadow Park Lake.

What Is Not Special about Crossville

Crossville is pretty far away from anywhere.  Some people from the northeast might have an adjustment living in Tennessee.

Climate and Physical Environment

Crossville is in east central Tennessee in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It is on the Cumberland Plateau. The average July high temp is 84  and the average January low is 26 . The wettest month is March.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several playhouses in the area. The Chamber of Commerce has an active schedule of events including flower shows, art shows, etc. There is a public library in town as well as a 10 screen cinema.


The crime rate is more than double the national average.

Medical Facilities

Cumberland Medical Center is the major resource.


I 40 runs through town; I 75 is not far away. Crossville has a corporate airport. Knoxville's Airport is 80 miles and Nashville's is 100. Crossville is considered a very walkable community.

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