Focus on Alabama

Alabama is one of the great places to retire to for those 55+ retirees looking for an active retirement. If you are of retirement age, and are considering relocating to a totally new area, Alabama has some great active adult communities. However, any move to a new location requires some knowledge about the State. You simply cannot drive into Alabama and not know anything about it! Therefore, we thought it would be a good idea to equip you with some information about Alabama and a few of theover 55 communitiesthat may tip the scale in favor of this State.

Facts about Alabama

Alabama is an East South Central State and is the 30th largest state in the US. It is bordered by Georgia to the east, Tennessee to the north, Mississippi to the west and Florida and the Gulf of Mexico in the south. The population, as at 2012, was estimated at 4.8 million, and 14.5%, of this population, are seniors over the age of 65. The average number of people per household is 2.5. The average cost of a home, in Alabama is in the $160,000 range. Source:( capital of Alabama is Montgomery and the largest city is Birmingham. If you retired to Alabama, you can enjoy the subtropical climate Alabama is known for. Long, hot summer and mild winters are ideal for 55+ retirees. Beautiful scenic backdrops and the Southern charm of this state will surely make your home buying a good retirement investment.

Alabama has a diverse landscape full of green hills and ridges in the north, and highly dense pine forests, beautiful rolling grasslands and low croplands in the south. There are also numerous swamps and bayous thanks to the Mobile Delta region in the southern area. If you are interested in living near the beach, Alabama has beaches that border Mobile Bay and the Gulf of Mexico to the south of the State.

Are you concerned about the economy of Alabama? Although, in the past, Alabamawas full of huge cotton plantations – it is no longer a basis for the state’s economy. Although cotton is a significant producer of the crop, Alabama also grows soybeans and corn, as well as, peanuts and melons. There are also a few livestock farms. This state is categorized as an agricultural and industrial State. More than ¼ of the state’s workers are employed by the construction and manufacturing industries. Alabama is also doing well in textiles. Apart from these, Alabama is also a leader in steel production in the south, as it has iron ore, coal and limestone deposits.

What to See and do in Alabama

Alabama is a State rich in just about everything. Therefore, you will never run out of things to see and do as an active adult looking for a great 55+ retirement lifestyle. This is a State where beauty, history and adventure all come together to ensure you a good time. You can visit the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville for an awesome space exploration experience. You can also visit the IMAX Theater or visit the museum showcasing rockets and space hardware from the US space program. If the historical side of Alabama intrigues you, you can follow the history trail of the civil rights movement and visit actual sites in Birmingham, Selma, Montgomery and Tuskegee. Take a trip to the south of Alabama and head to Mobile, a major sea port, and be awed by the things you will see at the USS Alabama Battleship Park. You can stroll along and enjoy the sea breeze while walking on the soft, white beaches of Gulf Shores or enjoy the music and festivals held at various times of the year.

As you can see there is an abundance of things to see and do in this wonderful State. If you are interested in retiring to Alabama, there are 98 active retirement communities here. A few active adult communities are listed for your convenience.

National Village – Opelika
Cornerstones at Oxmoore Valley – Bessemer
Graystone Golf and Country Club – Birmingham
Magnolia Meadows – Columbiana
Victoria Place – Prattville

For more on Alabama active adult communities, visit®, a website of more than 6,000 communities to retire to and have a fun filled active lifestyle in your retirement years.

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