Why Was Athens, Georgia Named #1 Best Place to Retire?Posted on February 16, 2017
It’s nicknamed the Classic City for both its Grecian name and its neoclassical architecture, but Athens, GA is anything but old-fashioned.
Although Southern charm clings to streets lined with Greek Revival mansions and Victorian-era storefronts, the youthful energy of a college town provides a unique retirement experience that keeps baby boomers on the move with historic, cultural, and just plain fun things to do around every corner. Here are a few reasons why Athens is the best place to retire in the United States:
Follow Your Passion
The city of Athens, GA was named to Forbes list of the Top 25 Cities to Follow your Passion in Retirement. The University of Georgia offers senior-oriented courses and culture in a college-town environment of 120,000, 70 miles east of Atlanta. The natural terrain and climate are great for warm-weather outdoor adventures, without being overrun by retirees like Florida.
Georgia offers a kinder, gentler version of four-seasons living. Spring offers an abundance of beautiful flowers while fall is ablaze with color and a slight nip in the air. Mild winters may bring a snowflake or two. And on warm summer days you can take a short drive to the beach or up to the mountains—or just kick back and relax by the pool.
Georgia as one of the most tax-friendly states in the union. The Peach State exempts Social Security income, and up to $35,000 of most types of retirement income for those age 62 to 64. The tax exmeption is raised to $65,000 for those ages 65 and older. While there is a 4 percent state sales tax, seniors may qualify for an additional property tax deduction and full-time Georgia residents receive a homestead exemption in some counties.
Best Place to Retire
Athens, GA was named the “#1 Best Place to Retire” by Forbes Magazine in 2017. It was also included in the “Top 50 Places to Retire” from Fortune Magazine.recognized as one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” in 2015 by Where to Retire Magazine.
In 2017, The Georgia Club was named “Best Georgia Community” and recognized as one of the “50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States” in 2015 by Where to Retire Magazine. You can see all our awards on our Accolades Page.
With a low cost of living, historic downtown, and home to the University of Georgia campus, Athens is one of the most sought-after cities in the South.
Distinctive neighborhoods combine classic Southern living with essential modern amenities. Membership becomes a lifestyle decision offering golf on the Club’s 27-hole championship course, expansive tennis facilities, state-of-the-art Swim Park, and a host of social activities.