Ms. Inglish has spent 30 years working in medicine, psychology, STEM instruction, and aerospace education for Active USAF Civil Air Patrol.
Why Choose Paris, Tennessee?
Tennessee is a scenic state throughout, with many cities to enjoy or travel and long-term living no matter what your age. However, only one Tennessee community has its own Eiffel Tower: Paris.
In addition to European inspired attractions, the city offers a number of frequently sought-after amenities and a consistent pool of interesting job openings, top schools, and fascinating culture surrounding the preservation of Civil War and Native North American sites.
Paris Growth and History
The community maintained a consistent population base from 2012–2018, rising only from 10,100 to 10,200. The city has been ranked among the Top 10 Best Places To Retire by TopRetirements.com, and city leaders actively market to circuit new retiree residents.
The history of the area is compelling to all ages. For example, the son of the frontiersman Davy Crockett, former US Representative John W. Crockett, is buried in the Paris city cemetery and several Crockett descendants live in here. Many local houses and commercial buildings are on the US National Register of Historic Places.
- Zillow and Trulia list a consistent 100 to 110 houses and condos for sale, priced from $25,999 to $899,900 during the years 2016 through 2018.
- The median home sale price listed up-to-date in 2018 by Sperling's Best Places is $86,900, with the median family income of Paris at approximately $30,000 annually.
- The local cost of living is a full 20 percentage points lower than the national average.
Paris Housing for Seniors
- Chateau Maurice. 1101 Volunteer Dr, Paris TN 38242-5432.
- Eiffel Gardens - Assisted Living by Americare. 1025 Volunteer Dr, Paris TN 38242
- Jackson Meadow. 25 Max Lane Drive, Jackson TN 38305. Independent Living. About $1,400/month.
- Morningside of Jackson. 1200 North Parkway, Jackson TN 38305. Assisted Living and Memory Care.
- Paris Residential Care Center. 1101 Volunteer Dr., Paris TN 38242
- RoseStone Retirement Community. 4089 Hwy 218 Bypass, Paris TN 38242
If you would like to purchase a retirement residence, Zillow and Trulia provide the following information for the Paris Area in 2017 through 2018:
- Number of single-family residences and similar for sale: Consistently 95 to 110
- Price Range: From $25,999 to $899,900
- Median Price: $86,900, lower than the 2016 average of $89,000
Hospitals and Medical Centers
Medical care is important to senior citizens, families, and singles; and Paris has plenty of good care.
Henry County Medical Center is the major hospital in the community, located about 0.5 miles from Volunteer Drive and the several retirement centers built there. Volunteer Drive itself is named after the Volunteer Militia of Tennessee during the American Revolution.
The medical center is a certified Pink Ribbon facility, earned for its research and treatment of cancer. This is not the only specialty of the hospital, however, and dozens of dedicated departments make health more accessible to Henry County.
The Career Outlook
Highest Demand Jobs
Manufacturing positions are the most often advertised job listings for Paris, equal in numbers to some of the most important medical care jobs available.
Vacancies listed increased from December 2012, to 1,600 in December 2014 and to 1,800 by May 2016.
In May 2018, job listings included over 1,200 openings, with a very low unemployment rate of 4.10% in December 2017.
Major successful industries in Paris and Henry County since 2000:
- Manufacturing concerns*
- Tourist attractions
- Food services from grocery stores to a range of dining places
- Drawing senior citizens to relocate to Paris
*Manufacturing is vital to the local economy, including extracting local clay for cat litter. Other local plants manufacture brake parts, power tools, rubber parts, electric motors, metal doors, laboratory furniture, and ceramic lighting fixtures. About 28% of the working population is employed in manufacturing.
A technical college is supported here (Tennessee Technology Center at Paris), offering programs in administration and production/manufacturing training.
Most frequently listed job openings appear in:
- Truck Drivers: CDL License, many related to manufacturing
- Registered Nurses: Tied for Number 1 above
- Manufacturing Jobs: Tied for Number 1 above
- Insurance and Finance Account Representatives
- Retail Salespeople
- Occupational Therapists
- Process and Application Engineers: Many in manufacturing
- Warehouse and Logistics: Many jobs related to manufacturing
- Occupational Therapy Assistants
- Physical Therapists
Paris Chapter 734 of the Experimental Aircraft Association encourages youth ages eight through seventeen to try an airplane ride and consider a future career in aviation.
Four Largest Employers
The largest employer of Paris is a medical center: Henry County Medical Center, with nearly 800 employees on staff consistently.
- Employee reviews of this medical center on Indeed.com and SImplyHired.com indicate an average of 3.9 stars of out 5. Comments include praise for "free lunches." A few negative comments from the dietary department criticize management as too harsh.
The second-largest company is Dana Corporation at Paris, with at least 600 employees working year-around to produce various rubber tubing products.
- At Indeed.com, employee reviews of the company 2013–2018 indicate satisfaction with an average of 4 out of 5 stars. Comments include praise for the company's focus on safety, adequate job rotation, fairness, and even "free computers."
The third biggest employer is a tie between Henry County Schools and WalMart, followed by fourth-place Republic Builders.
- Employee reviews of Henry County Schools show that this may be the favorite employer in Paris and the county. Many positive comments came from teachers, instructors, aides, and paraprofessionals.
- WalMart employees gave a wide range of reviews; average score 3 out of 5 stars.
From fifth place to the end of small businesses, employee pools drop to well below 300 individuals.
Training for Long-Term Local Jobs
- Bethel University, College of Professional Studies. 302B Tyson Avenue. Paris TN 38242
- Bethel College Physician Program. 647 Stonewall Street North. McKenzie TN 38201: New program for 2019 includes the Masters of Science in Physician Assistant diploma.
- Tennessee Technology Center at Paris. 312 S Wilson Street. Paris TN 38242
The town produced a significant Chickasaw Nation history, including the first Chickasaw member and the first registered member of any Native American nation to become an astronaut and fly on a space shuttle mission. This is Mission Specialist for STS-113 John Bennett Herrington.
Henry County was the homeland of the Chickasaw for many generations until 1818, when Andrew Jackson purchased a large tract of local land and divided it between Tennessee and Kentucky, disrupting the indigenous people's lives. The Chickasaw moved westward to Oklahoma as Tennessee became the 16th US State.
Reference Map for Chickasaw Migration
Chickasaw Nation Presence
The Chickasaw Nation is a federally recognized tribal nation that first lived in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama, before moving westward. They functioned well among Europeans that settled in the South since first contact in 1540 and even purchased land in and near Paris in 1818. However, they also were forced out to Oklahoma in 1818 even before the Great Indian Removal demanded by President Andrew Jackson in the 1830s.
This forced move is unfortunate, because Chickasaw warriors had allied themselves with America during the French and Indian Wars and after the American Revolution.
Other Chickasaw even served with Andrew Jackson during the Creek Wars of 1813–1814. Even after 1818, a few of the indigenous people stayed it he area. The Battle of Paris of 1862 is sometimes reenacted locally, featuring actors representing a small Native American contingent. A historic marker was placed on Highway 54 just west of Paris
Chickasaw warriors may be recognized at the new Native American Veterans Monument scheduled for the National Mall in Washington DC by 2020.
Christian Brothers University Parisian Project
CBU, founded in Memphis in 1871, was named one of the Best Southeastern Colleges by The Princeton Review beginning in 2010 and has remained on that list.
Engineers and students at the university decided to build and contribute a replica of the Eiffel Tower to the city as a tribute. Their original wood structure was eventually replaced in metal and admired by tourists and residents alike.
Annual Eiffel Tower Day is March 31
This holiday is a great festival tradition in the city to commemorate the Original Eiffel Tower in Paris, France with that built by Christian Brothers University leaders in Paris, Tennessee. The local tower stands in Memorial Park, where many outdoor activities and facilities are located. The city is also known for its support of the arts, as is Paris, France.
Downtown Paris, Tennessee Association
The Downtown Paris district includes a town square and many shops of various kinds, as well as parks and historic sites. Special events occur monthly, including many types of festivals and musical celebrations. December is a big month of celebrations with a Christmas Parade, candlelight walks, choral singing, pageants, shows, contests, a tree festival, and other activities related to Christmas and New Year's.
The Krider Performing Arts Center is located at 650 Volunteer Drive among homes and Senior Retirement Facilities so that all may enjoy the many musical and theater productions presented throughout the year.
The iconic catfish fry begins the West Tennessee festival season each year throughout the final week of April with a a rodeo, a golf tournament, a carnival, parades, catfish races, five beauty contests, and in 2012 at least 12,000 pounds of fried catfish.
Historic Preservation Sites
Land Between The Lakes
This area crosses parts of Kentucky and Tennessee, formed by the Tennessee River, the Cumberland River, the dammed-off reservoir called Kentucky Lake, and Barkley Lake.
Fort Henry of the Confederacy and aided by Chickasaw warriors stood near Lake Kentucky in 1861. General Ulysses S. Grant and the Union Army arrived in February 1862. The Union soldiers and rising waters caused the fort to sink almost completely into the lake. Today, the area is filled with 30 miles of hiking trails and green spaces.
A rehabilitated landscape called the Elk & Bison Prairie is a native habitat restored from the late 1800s. Elk and bison roam freely inside a 700-acre section of enclosed land, but other wildlife can be seen here: wild turkeys, other birds, butterflies, dragon- and damselflies, small game animals, and prairie animals. Native grasses, wildflowers, and other local plant life are abundant as well.
Reference Map for Civil War Historic Sites
The National Recreation Area between the lakes offers planetarium shows and community events and the Turkey Bay off road vehicle and camping grounds.
The State Park at Paris Landing is part of 1800's American history. This Tennessee River landing was critical for delivery of goods and shipping farm crops out. During the Civil War, blocking this river and landing harmed Confederacy strategies and prevented supplies from reaching them, starving the rebels out.
Bald Eagles Southwest of Nashville
- Chickasaw Nation History. www.chickasaw.net/Our-Nation/History.aspx Retrieved April 30, 2018.
- GlassDoor.com Paris Tennessee Reviews. www.glassdoor.com/Reviews/paris-reviews-SRCH_IL.0,5_IC1144580.htm Retrieved May 7, 2018
- Henry County Chamber of Congress. paristnchamber.com/history-of-paris-henry-county/ Retrieved April 29, 2018.
- Indeed.com Accessed May 6, 2018.
- Paris Chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association. 734.eaachapter.org/ Retrieved May 2, 2018.
- SimplyHired.com Accessed November 2012, April/May 2018.
- Sperlings' Best Places: Paris Tennessee. www.bestplaces.net/city/tennessee/paris Retrieved April 26, 2018.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. Content is for informational or entertainment purposes only and does not substitute for personal counsel or professional advice in business, financial, legal, or technical matters.
© 2012 Patty Inglish MS
Patty Inglish MS (author) from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on December 06, 2012:
Hi drbhj - It's too bad that I can only retire to one plce at a time in the future. Those folks in gtravel rogs that spend a few months in each city may have the answer! I hope you enjoy Paris - in Tennesses. :)
drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 05, 2012:
So Paris, Tennessee with a population just over 10.000 has its own Eiffel Tower! Who knew? Not me until I read this interesting article, Patty. I'll have to keep the last week in April open now that I know Paris has the World's Biggest Fish Fry then. Thanks for the newsflash and these fascinating facts, m'dear.