Quality of Life
Beauty in abundance.
White County, Tennessee, is on the “quiet side” of Interstate 40, with beauty and outdoor resources that draw visitors from all over the world. The scenic beauty, convenient location, affordable cost of living, mild climate and low crime rate attract many in-migrant retirees and people interested in an active lifestyle.
Awe-inspiring waterfalls, vistas, hiking and camping opportunities combine with a strong arts and music heritage, making White County a perfect place for people with varied interests. Art studios and music venues throughout the county speak to the area's rich history of creativity.
Many well-known artisans call White County home. Their works can be found at festivals and galleries across the nation. Historic buildings, shops and art studios surround the square, including the studio of renowned potter Thor McNeil, and the renovated Oldham Theater, a 1950s movie house. The popular Calfkiller Brewing Company, local wineries and a variety of restaurants take advantage of the area's natural resources.
White County's moderate climate is great for outdoor recreation at every level, from extreme to extremely relaxing. This area is the waterfall capital of Tennessee and is a paradise for hikers, hunters and fishermen. World-class kayaking, climbing, caving and biking provide year-round entertainment. Virgin Falls and the Bridgestone/Firestone Centennial Wilderness, called the "Grand Canyon of the Cumberland," are two of the most well-known.
Known internationally as “Bluegrass USA,” Sparta and White County are—and always have been—on the forefront of the bluegrass and Americana music movement. Explore the historic Liberty Square in downtown Sparta and its historic buildings and homes, shops, restaurants, art galleries, antique shops and the White County Military Museum. The open-air amphitheater is a popular venue for concerts and other entertainment.