My parents retired to Manchester, TN, between Chattanooga and Nashville and I’ve got good friends that moved to Dunlap, between Chattanooga and Knoxville. My parents loved living there. My friends tried for years to leave but couldn’t sell their home and at this point they’ve acclimated. I always liked visiting TN but its not for me on a fulltime basis.
GS, the nice thing about the frigid north is a whole lot less snakes, bugs, and other creepy crawlies. I’d just as soon it never go over 80. The South is much more gun-friendly than is most Northern States though.