According to Forbes, Athens Georgia is in the top 25 cities to retire with an average home price of $242,000 and ranks high for tax friendliness. This vibrant college town is home to the University of Georgia, and offers an eclectic mix of nightlife, and Southern hospitality, perfect for baby boomers looking to settle down where the action is!
The Milken Institute listed Athens as one of the best places for older adults, with its strong local economy, and affordable cost of living. The climate is ideal with mild year-round temperatures with the occasional cold snap, meaning more time to enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, or kayaking.
Just because you’re retired doesn’t mean you don’t want a night in the town, right? Athens is a hot spot for music enthusiasts, with a local symphony orchestra, and features Broadway shows at the Classic Center. AthFest takes place in June, spotlights local artists, and offers live concerts. Residents will tell you college football is a serious past-time, so be prepared to become a Bulldogs fan! Pubs and local breweries are important, and downtown Athens has it all from college hangouts to upscale bars. Foodies can enjoy a little piece of paradise with cuisine to please any palate, and Peta and GoVeg.com listed this town as being the best vegetarian-friendly small city.
Thought living in a college town was just for kids? Getting older isn’t what it used to be, and the University of Georgia knows active senior living may mean going back to school. If you’re 62 or older, contact the admissions office to see if you may be eligible for a tuition-free program.
Small town charm plus plenty of shopping and entertainment make Athens, Georgia a popular spot for retirees, and a suitable place for experiencing a second youth!
If you would like to peruse the exhaustive ActiveAdultLiving.com directory of 257 GA communities, please click here! There are many detailed communities there to suit every lifestyle so you can refine your search if you only want to see Rentals, Manufactured Home Communities, New Home Communities, and more!
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