All parts of the state are beautiful with their own pros and cons. I guess it just depends on what you are looking for. You can pretty much find rural country anywhere, some places closer to cities than others. Most of the people I know would love to live in east TN to be near the Great Smokey Mountain national park. West Tennessee is not nearly as hilly, but it is close to both Memphis and Nashville. The closer to the larger cities you move, the higher the cost of living. I've lived in this state all my life and I love every part of it. Hope you find the place for you.
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