Established in 1994 as an education-based organization focused on retiree attraction as an economic development strategy, The American Association of Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit professional association. The AARC is one of the few non-profit, cooperative organizations in the industry that does research on and for retirement communities.

The AARC Seal of Approval program was established to recognize communities and master-planned developments that possess the resources and amenities to attract today’s relocating retiree, evaluating such areas as Quality of Life (healthcare, retiree-appropriate housing, Adult Education, Services, Recreational and Cultural Opportunities, Crime Rate and more) and formal commitment to retiree attraction and programs (governmental and other retiree-focused organizations). Seal of Approval recipients have submitted their community and its programs to scrutiny by the volunteer board of the AARC.

With the goal of providing an unbiased perspective on retirement communities for potential buyers, the AARC Seal of Approval has gained growing prominence in the retiree buying process. We encourage feedback on ways to make the AARC a greater resource in your decision process – send an email to

Cookeville, TN

Type: City-Region

If you enjoy being charmed by unsurpassed natural beauty, rich historical heritage, art and cultural events, unique downtown shops, cosmopolitan cuisine, and outdoor opportunities at many parks and lakes then Cookeville, Tennessee is a great place for you! Cookeville-Putnam County is known for its salt-of-the-earth people who view Southern hospitality as more than just a quaint saying. It consistently ranks among America's most affordable, and is home to world-renowned Tennessee Tech University and nationally-recognized Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Cookeville has more leisure activities, walking trails and volunteer opportunities than you could possibly make time for, and countless other amenities that make life more than just good.


  • Boating
  • Fishing
  • Lake
  • Restaurants
  • Shopping