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

Kingsport, TN

Type: City-Region

You’re happiest at home, in the “Foothills” of Tennessee. A place where you can put your feet up, kick back with friends, and “live the good life”, Kingsport-Bristol is not too hot, not too cold, but just right! Midway between New York, New Orleans, Chicago and Orlando, in a state with no income tax on wages, salaries, or pensions, our residents enjoy an exceptionally low cost of living coupled with an incredibly high quality of life. We’ve welcomed new neighbors from all 50 states in less than 10 years while maintaining a lifestyle with virtually no traffic and low crime. See what the buzz is about!


  • Boating
  • Dining
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking-Walking
  • Restaurants
  • Resort
  • River-Stream
  • Shopping