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.
Con: Apartment rental prices can be steep
Best For: Continuing education seekers
Cost of Living: 5% less than national average
Median Home Cost: $115,000
Top State Income Tax: 6%
Crime Rate: 7% lower than national average