If you’re volunteering to move to the Volunteer State, you’re not alone! 

According to United Van Lines’ 45th Annual Mover Study, Tennessee was the 7th most popular state people moved to in 2021. With a vibrant music scene and the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, Tennessee is the perfect state for many. 

Whether you want to see the mountains from your window or want to be surrounded by country music, the moving experts at United Van Lines can help. Read on for tips on planning your move to Tennessee.

Why Are People Moving to Tennessee?

In 2021, Tennessee experienced inbound traffic of 62%, making it the 7th most popular state to move to. Cities like Knoxville and Nashville also fell on the list of top 25 cities people moved to.

Jobs drove 31.6% of inbound traffic to the state. Other reasons to move to Tennessee included family (29.1%), retirement (21.9%), lifestyle (17.7%), and health (7.2%).

Jobs in Tennessee

Jobs were the number one reason people moved to Tennessee in 2020. The state’s employment rate was 2.9% higher in November 2021 compared to the previous year. 

The state was voted to have the #1 business climate in the United States in 2019 by Business Facilities Magazine in 2019 . 

Automotive manufacturing is a major industry in the state, employing over 141,000 people. Companies like Nissan, Volkswagen, General Motors, and Ford all have factories in Tennessee. The food and beverage industry employs over 40,800 people, and Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream plant in Bakersfield is the largest in the country.

Tennessee’s business climate is world-renowned and provides a variety of opportunities for people to find their passion.

Advantages of Living in Tennessee

Low Cost of Living

Tennessee’s cost of living* is considered lower than the national index. Housing, utilities, and transportation costs also rank high in affordability, falling below the national average.

Cost of living in cities like Chattanooga, Memphis, and Nashville are also below the national average according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. 

Music City and Beyond

The state’s vibrant music scene is known around the world. In fact, the state capitol, Nashville, is known around the World as “Music City.” 

Ryman Auditorium and the Grand Ole Opry are in Nashville, and there’s no shortage of honky-tonks on Broadway and throughout town. Many spots in this city have live music every night. 

For Elvis-lovers, visiting Graceland in Memphis takes you right to the home of the King. 

Breathtaking Landscapes

For outdoor enthusiasts, you have Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the most visited national parks, and 31 national historic landmarks in your backyard. The Appalachian Trail also stretches through part of the park, so you can mark two mountain ranges off your list. 

Weathering the Move to Tennessee

Tennessee is in the Southeastern region of the US, with similarities in weather to both the South and Midwest. 

Tennessee summers are hot and humid, and winters can get cold, but often do not bring heavy snowfall. 

Humidity drops in the fall and the weather is much more comfortable. The spring brings a lot of thunderstorms and rain. 

Late fall to early winter is usually the most pleasant time for weather in Tennessee. If your moving date is flexible, this is an ideal time of year to make your move. 

No matter when you end up moving, always check the weather first so you can prepare for anything. Read our packing tips and tricks to keep your items secure during your move. 

Where Are You Moving From?

Whether you’re moving across town or across the country, United Van Lines can help with your move every step of the way. 

Our long-distance movers help with packing, storage, and moving, no matter where you currently live. If you’re staying in the Volunteer State, our local agents perform the same services under their own companies’ independent brands and authorities for those in-state moves.  

Ready to Move to Tennessee? Get a Quote Today!

If you’re ready to live in Tennessee, plan your move with a professional moving company like United Van Lines. 

Our variety of moving services and plans work best for you and your move. 

View our moving services and complete an online quote to get started. 

MyUnited Move Portal

United Van Lines makes it easy to coordinate your move to Tennessee and stay organized along the way. The MyUnited Move Portal personalizes and streamlines your moving experience. Use customized tools to keep track of all major moving milestones, organize contacts, and book your move online. 

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