These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Georgia


We analyzed over 94 places in Georgia to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Georgia.

But where exactly in Georgia? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Georgia that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Forest Park don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Peach State to retire:

  1. Forest Park (Photos)
  2. Norcross (Photos)
  3. Kennesaw (Photos)
  4. Riverdale (Photos)
  5. Smyrna (Photos)
  6. East Point (Photos)
  7. Port Wentworth
  8. Decatur (Photos)
  9. Powder Springs (Photos)
  10. Johns Creek (Photos)

Why did Forest Park take the top spot? And where are Atlanta and Columbus?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Georgia.

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How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Peach State

To create our list of the best places in Georgia to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Peach State with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’t townships.

This left us with 93 places from across the state.

For these 93, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 93, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Forest Park, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

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1. Forest Park

Forest Park, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,156
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,045
Forest Park ranked 1st overall thanks to it’s 14th place rank for cost of living and it’s 59th place safety rank.

2. Norcross

Norcross, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 16,293
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,633
Norcross ranked 2nd overall thanks to it’s 40th place rank for cost of living and it’s 43rd place safety rank.

3. Kennesaw

Kennesaw, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,669
Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,668
Kennesaw ranked 3rd overall thanks to it’s 73rd place rank for cost of living and it’s 8th place safety rank.

4. Riverdale

Riverdale, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,812
Cost Of Living: 90
Distance to Closest Airport: 5 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,248
Riverdale ranked 4th overall thanks to it’s 49th place rank for cost of living and it’s 63rd place safety rank.

5. Smyrna

Smyrna, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 54,788
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,115
Smyrna ranked 5th overall thanks to it’s 76th place rank for cost of living and it’s 28th place safety rank.

6. East Point

East Point, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 35,477
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 11,895
East Point ranked 6th overall thanks to it’s 14th place rank for cost of living and it’s 92nd place safety rank.

7. Port Wentworth

Port Wentworth, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,052
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 4 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,815
Port Wentworth ranked 7th overall thanks to it’s 20th place rank for cost of living and it’s 11th place safety rank.

8. Decatur

Decatur, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,210
Cost Of Living: 135
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,078
Decatur ranked 8th overall thanks to it’s 90th place rank for cost of living and it’s 27th place safety rank.

9. Powder Springs

Powder Springs, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,596
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,316
Powder Springs ranked 9th overall thanks to it’s 40th place rank for cost of living and it’s 54th place safety rank.

10. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 82,930
Cost Of Living: 128
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
Crime Per 100k: 750
Johns Creek ranked 10th overall thanks to it’s 88th place rank for cost of living and it’s 1st place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Georgia goes to Forest Park.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  • Moultrie
  • Eatonton
  • Cumming

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Georgia

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Forest Park 1 19,156 83 4 6,045
Norcross 2 16,293 89 24 4,633
Kennesaw 3 32,669 99 29 1,668
Riverdale 4 15,812 90 5 6,248
Smyrna 5 54,788 102 16 3,115
East Point 6 35,477 83 3 11,895
Port Wentworth 7 7,052 84 4 1,815
Decatur 8 21,210 135 11 3,078
Powder Springs 9 14,596 89 21 5,316
Johns Creek 10 82,930 128 30 750
Statesboro 11 30,597 89 39 3,810
Duluth 12 28,681 108 29 2,175
Sandy Springs 13 102,212 140 20 2,841
Mcdonough 14 23,086 94 20 3,837
Newnan 15 35,642 93 26 3,372
Chamblee 16 27,862 114 19 4,529
Commerce 17 6,601 89 6 2,014
Dallas 18 12,622 91 30 3,042
Dalton 19 33,653 82 84 3,958
Auburn 20 7,291 89 42 1,632
Acworth 21 21,824 98 32 2,978
Roswell 22 93,968 123 28 2,020
Fayetteville 23 16,780 103 13 2,914
Fairburn 24 13,860 86 11 4,184
Snellville 25 19,395 94 28 3,774
Woodstock 26 27,964 102 32 2,431
Grovetown 27 12,848 91 108 957
Hapeville 28 6,658 93 1 8,395
Loganville 29 11,072 92 33 2,257
Atlanta 30 456,378 97 8 6,944
Alpharetta 31 63,013 128 31 2,050
Dunwoody 32 48,128 135 22 4,662
College Park 33 14,434 85 1 13,592
Douglasville 34 32,317 88 17 6,934
Marietta 35 59,714 106 22 4,951
Holly Springs 36 10,351 98 36 1,796
Fort Valley 37 8,975 81 81 5,292
Thomaston 38 8,976 78 51 5,303
Hinesville 39 34,127 92 32 4,653
Morrow 40 7,069 90 6 11,274
Pooler 41 22,131 95 3 2,982
Conyers 42 15,682 89 25 6,249
Lilburn 43 12,481 98 24 5,896
Carrollton 44 25,960 87 37 5,061
Villa Rica 45 14,755 89 28 5,211
Warner Robins 46 73,265 84 84 6,622
Suwanee 47 18,001 116 35 2,677
Calhoun 48 16,139 84 65 4,845
Tyrone 49 7,121 112 14 1,348
Flowery Branch 50 6,503 96 47 1,168
Waycross 51 14,188 81 63 7,562
Winder 52 15,148 90 47 4,290
Centerville 53 7,576 88 81 6,322
Canton 54 25,022 104 42 2,166
Kingsland 55 16,411 90 25 3,296
Griffin 56 22,875 92 28 7,930
Waynesboro 57 5,755 82 81 6,794
Gainesville 58 37,906 90 56 4,281
Commerce 59 6,601 89 67 2,014
Lafayette 60 7,130 82 88 5,175
Albany 61 75,657 82 129 6,570
Camilla 62 5,075 83 112 4,039
Covington 63 13,667 84 33 7,265
Milton 64 36,755 148 35 1,012
Swainsboro 65 7,504 83 73 5,623
Cordele 66 11,015 82 122 6,854
Braselton 67 8,409 103 47 1,415
Milledgeville 68 19,146 91 78 4,147
Brunswick 69 15,997 84 46 8,920
Bremen 70 6,257 96 41 2,924
Locust Grove 71 5,742 89 27 6,600
Dublin 72 16,189 86 104 6,177
Toccoa 73 8,374 86 90 5,958
Columbus 74 200,303 83 81 7,228
Cairo 75 9,708 92 99 4,089
Americus 76 16,185 85 108 9,175
Fitzgerald 77 9,006 83 123 6,728
Jefferson 78 9,946 99 58 1,769
Valdosta 79 56,717 94 97 6,123
Adel 80 5,304 87 112 4,411
Lagrange 81 30,535 89 54 6,202
Douglas 82 11,742 81 98 10,338
Jesup 83 10,145 85 54 8,467
Eastman 84 5,315 83 115 9,238
Tifton 85 16,691 89 127 7,129
Douglas 86 11,742 81 116 10,338
Sandersville 87 5,776 86 103 5,903
Fort Oglethorpe 88 9,613 84 100 8,873
Vidalia 89 10,674 89 70 7,616
Thomasville 90 18,706 94 110 7,035
Cumming 91 5,740 114 42 6,986
Eatonton 92 6,496 100 63 4,725
Moultrie 93 14,457 90 130 7,401

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