Springfield Deemed Great Place For Retirement
ROBERTSON COUNTY, Tenn. – The Wall Street Journal has named Tennessee one of the best places to retire.
Born in New Jersey and living and working in New York, Tennessee is not where Tom Trapp thought he and his wife would eventually call home; that was until a trip here visiting friends.
"We looked at two or three places before we got here and we pulled out on the front and I looked at my wife and she looked at me and we said, 'this is it,'" said Trapp.
That's the very feeling an article published in the Wall Street Journal describes as it tell readers, don't ignore Tennessee.
From the cost of living to the proximity to cities like Nashville, the article says couples looking to retire should consider places like Springfield.
"This is a much more fiscally conservative state and they understand not everyone has bottomless pockets," said Trapp.
Margot Fosnes with the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce said Robertson County joined the state's Retire Tennessee program several years ago, looking at ways to attract more retirees.
"The retirees don't have the children that need to be educated, so we can get a bump in our population without having to build the schools that are very expensive for our communities," said Fosnes.
For Trapp and his wife, they said the move has been a decision they don't regret.
"Everybody says you got to look for your own little piece of heaven and I think that's what we got here," said Trapp.
Tom said the cost of living was a huge plus. He said not only is there no state income tax here, but his property taxes on 2 acres in New York was some $10,000 more a year than the 60 acres he owns now in Robertson County.