As a retirement destination, Georgia’s larger cities and smaller towns can satisfy the inclinations of many different retirees. Cities like Atlanta offer dining and cultural attractions, while smaller towns, like Athens, are suitable for retirees seeking a small-town, eclectic lifestyle or continuing education options.
Georgia’s coastal towns and islands are also attractive options for retirees seeking Southern charm. The state’s topography also varies — mountains, beaches, and lakes can be found throughout Georgia — and could play a role in determining where retirees choose to settle down.
Con: Humid and hot summers
Best For: Warm weather
Cost of Living: 8% below national average
Median Home Cost: $112,900
Top State Income Tax: 6%
While Georgia does have warmer winters, summers can be hot and humid, and less attractive to some northerners. Additionally, retirees looking to settle in a 55+ community should be aware that many of these communities are located in very rural areas.