As home to Tennessee's largest public university, and with a growing and vibrant economy, Murfreesboro is truly an exciting
place to retire. Furthermore, it is one of the more desirable and affordable places to live, with attractive real
estate prices and low state taxes. Taken together, these factors result in Murfreesboro's being consistently ranked
among the top 100 cities in the U.S.
In spite of the recent surge that has pushed its population
beyond the 100,000 mark, there remains a small town atmosphere that pervades every aspect of daily life, and with the
cultural attractions and athletic events offered by the university presence and the proximity to Nashville, retirees never
lack for something to fill their time. More and more, retirees from across the country are being drawn to Middle Tennessee,
and especially Murfreesboro, to take advantage of the quality of life and active lifestyle that one finds in this region.
Unlike other cities where suburban sprawl has replaced the character and vitality of "downtown living",
residents of Murfreesboro still enjoy, and in fact, cherish their town center, where the unique character of the
Courthouse Square and the surrounding business district remain the cultural, social, professional and retail center of community
For anyone in search of cultural and artistic pursuits, Nashville, just a short drive away
offers a world-class symphony in one of the country's finest new symphony halls, a fantastic new art museum and thriving
theater scene, all of which makes for a year-round calendar filled with musical events, concerts and theatrical presentations.
But, in reality, Murfreesboro is proud of its own top-notch cultural offerings, and, with a first-rate community
symphony and numerous theater groups, including ongoing productions and events staged at Middle Tennessee State University,
retirees can enjoy a full schedule of artistic and cultural events without the necessity to drive into Nashville.
Outdoor enthusiasts will find a wealth of parks, lakes and scenic waterways nearby. Plus, the rolling green pastures
and rich farmland of the surrounding countryside always make for a pleasant afternoon outing. And golfers will be delighted
to find a varied selection of great golf courses available to them. Of course, no great metropolitan area would
be complete without its own professional sports teams...and residents of Middle Tennessee can spend their time cheering for
the NFL Titans and the NHL Predators and the AAA Nashville Sounds, the farm team for baseball's Milwaukee Brewers.
In terms of places to live, retirees can choose from a growing number of new residential communities or established
older neighborhoods with a mix of charming single-family homes, condos and apartments, often interspersed among 19th
century historic cottages and ante-bellum mansions. Although prices may reach into the upper six figures for some executive
luxury homes, there are a surprising number of very affordably priced new homes that are perfect for retirement living.
Without a doubt, the presence of a major university with its large, diverse student body and its supporting academic
faculty and staff is a significant and ongoing contribution to Murfreesboro's sense of excitement and dynamic
community spirit. Together the classrooms, cultural activities and athletic programs of Middle Tennessee State University
give the city and its residents a distinct flavor that sets it apart from other towns and cities in the region and provide
an environment and lifestyle that is certain to fit the needs of many active retirees searching for that best place to live.