Athens, Georgia – Retirement Guide

Athens, Georgia   Retirement Guide

With first-rate healthcare, a number of continuing education programs and affordable housing prices, the charming college town of Athens has gained in popularity as a retirement destination in recent years. Retirees seeking small-town charm will find Athens a welcoming space; the city’s pedestrian-friendly downtown has shops, bookstores, restaurants and venues with live music performances, particularly along the hub, College Avenue.

Residents will also find themselves in proximity to golf courses as well as the University of Georgia, where retirees will find a variety of continuing education options at the OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute, as well as take advantage of the university’s arts and culture offerings, such as plays, musicals and concerts. The university presence helps grant retirees to Athens a liberal atmosphere with a rich intellectual and cultural scene.

Retirees have a number of living options in and around Athens. A number of the town’s neighborhoods are on the National Register of Historic Places, and there are golf-centric retirement communities in the area.

While median home prices are quite low, at an average less than $120,000, rental properties can be expensive and difficult to find, because of the many students renting properties in town.

Pros: College town with thriving intellectual and cultural scene
Con: Apartment rental prices can be steep

At a Glance
Best For: Continuing education seekers
Population: 116,084
Cost of Living: 5% less than national average
Median Home Cost: $115,000
Unemployment: 6.9%
Top State Income Tax: 6%
Crime Rate: 7% lower than national average


Top Retirement Cities in Georgia:  Athens

Photo by J. Stephen Conn via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.