They came, they wandered, they became: Retirees raise fortunes in rural America

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn.-Tom and Barb Hansen‘s search for a retirement spot sounds like the script for a road movie. California’s Lake Tahoe. Sedona and Scottsdale, Arizona. The Ozark Mountains of Missouri. Myrtle Beach, SC

Over a decade or so, the couple traveled the country to imagine life after Mr. Hansen retired as president of a community bank in the suburbs west of Chicago. In 2018, the Hansen family, aged 61 and 60, chose rural Sevier County, Tenn.

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