Choose beauty, history, music and a family-friendly atmosphere.

It feels good.

We are blessed to see all four beautiful seasons throughout the year. The average summer high temperature is 89 degrees with a low of 62. Winter temperatures average 41 degrees for the high and 27 degrees for the low.

Education is a priority.

Carter County offers higher education at Northeast State Community College, with a satellite campus in Elizabethton, and at the main campus of Milligan College. Elizabethton is also about a 15 minute drive from East Tennessee State University.

We’ll take care of you.

Healthcare is always uppermost in the minds of smart, plan-ahead retirees. For injuries and illnesses of a non-life-threatening nature, visit First Assist Urgent Care, Elizabethton. For medical care that requires lab work, radiology or imaging, the Elizabethton office of Medical Care is available, with other diagnostic services on hand. Sycamore Shoals Hospital’s ER is open twenty-four hours, seven days a week, to coordinate and ensure your prompt diagnosis and efficient treatment.

Sycamore Shoals Hospital is a full service hospital accredited by The Joint Commission. Services include 24/7 Emergency Department, Accredited Chest Pain Center, Inpatient and Outpatient Surgical Services, Advanced Diagnostic Imaging, Intensive Care Unit, and an Inpatient Geropsych Unit. Sycamore Shoals Hospital holds a dual certification by the Joint Commission in both Chest Pain and Heart Failure. It has received a 4 Star Overall Quality Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and it has also been voted Top 3 Cleanest Hospital in the state by Becker’s Review in 2016.</ br>

Sycamore Shoals Hospital Emergency Department serves Elizabethton, Carter County, Johnson County and South Johnson City.

You can afford it.

Elegant White House
$219,900
1,652 square feet
Beautiful Brick House
$199,900
2,411 square feet

Recently, Tennessee earned a number-one spot among states considered prime retirement locations in a Bankrate.com study. Ranked by data such as climate, tax rates, cost of living and access to health care, Tennessee has a cost of living 9.6% below the national average.</ br>

Our state and local tax burden is the third lowest in the nation, with residents enjoying no income tax except on interest and dividends. State sales tax is 7%; 4% for food.</ br>

Tennessee has no state property tax. Property taxes are locally determined and collected.</ br>

The median home value in Carter County is $100,270.

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LOUIE O'BOURKE
Elizabethton

Laurel Falls is a really cool place to visit. When we have out-of-town visitors, we’ll take them to Ft. Watauga at Sycamore Shoals State Park. As a pastor, I like being part of an active downtown. My favorite local hangout is the Coffee Company.

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DEBBIE ODOM
Elizabethton

I like the Coffee Company. This is the best place around. We have the most beautiful downtown area. My mother grew up near the Covered Bridge, and I love it. I have all the Covered Bridge paintings by Don Iverson.

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LESTER BAILEY SR.
Elizabethton

I like watching Little League games at the parks, and the Boys & Girls Club is a good place to hang out. I like going to Watauga Lake, and I enjoy going to the Covered Bridge and watching the ducks in the water. The Veterans Walk of Honor downtown is also one of my favorite places.

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LINDA WISEMAN
Valley Forge

I love going camping at Roan Mountain State Park with my family. We enjoy cooking and sitting around the campfire and talking, playing music and singing.

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DEBBIE MADGETT
Elizabethton

Our family likes to picnic at Watauga Lake. We enjoy the Fourth of July Boat Parade on the lake. We enjoy taking the church youth group camping at Roan Mountain State Park, and we also do youth retreats at Sugar Hollow Retreat in Elk Mills. Some of our favorite restaurants are Daisy Mae’s Café in Pinecrest, the Water Wheel Café toward Roan Mountain and the City Market in Elizabethton.

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