These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Georgia For 2019


We analyzed over 71 places in Georgia to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Georgia.

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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 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.

Where exactly in Georgia is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Decatur as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 Decatur don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Peach State to retire for 2019:

Why did Decatur 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 best places to retire in America.

For Georgia state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Peach State for 2019

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 — 620 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 71 places from across the state.

For these 71, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 71, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Decatur, GA

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 21,210
Rank Last Year: 119 (Up 118)
Median Rent: $894
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Decatur is a city in, and the county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States and is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. With a population of 20,148 in the 2013 census, the municipality is sometimes assumed to be larger since multiple zip codes in unincorporated DeKalb County bear the Decatur name. The city is served by three MARTA rail stations. The city is located approximately 5 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta and shares its western border with Atlanta.

Marietta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 59,714
Rank Last Year: 80 (Up 78)
Median Rent: $936
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Marietta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marietta is located in central Cobb County, Georgia, United States, and is the county’s seat and largest city.

Fayetteville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 16,780
Rank Last Year: 106 (Up 103)
Median Rent: $1,064
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Fayetteville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fayetteville is a city in Fayette County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 15,945, up from 11,148 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Fayette County. Fayetteville is located 22 miles south of downtown Atlanta.

Lawrenceville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 30,127
Rank Last Year: 62 (Up 59)
Median Rent: $896
Distance to Closest Airport: 33 miles
More on Lawrenceville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lawrenceville is a city in and the county seat of Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is a suburb of Atlanta, located approximately 30 miles northeast of downtown. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lawrenceville was 28,546. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city population to be 30,493. Lawrenceville has six ZIP codes, and it is part of the 678404 telephone area code, which is used throughout metropolitan Atlanta.

Jesup, GA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 10,145
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 30)
Median Rent: $560
Distance to Closest Airport: 54 miles
More on Jesup: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jesup is a city in Wayne County, Georgia, United States. The population was 10,214 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Wayne County.

Bainbridge, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 12,492
Rank Last Year: 41 (Up 35)
Median Rent: $593
Distance to Closest Airport: 81 miles
More on Bainbridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bainbridge is a city in Decatur County, Georgia, United States. The city is the county seat of Decatur County. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 12,697.

Thomasville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 18,706
Rank Last Year: 60 (Up 54)
Median Rent: $731
Distance to Closest Airport: 110 miles
More on Thomasville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Thomasville is the county seat of Thomas County, Georgia, United States. The city is the second largest in Southwest Georgia after Albany.

Waycross, GA

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 14,188
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 15)
Median Rent: $610
Distance to Closest Airport: 63 miles
More on Waycross: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Waycross is the county seat of, and only incorporated city in, Ware County. in the U.S. state of Georgia. The population was 14,725 at the 2010 Census.

Newnan, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 35,642
Rank Last Year: 87 (Up 78)
Median Rent: $940
Distance to Closest Airport: 26 miles
More on Newnan: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newnan is a city in Metro Atlanta and the county seat of Coweta County, Georgia, approximately 40 miles southwest of Atlanta. The population was 33,039 at the 2010 census, up from 16,242 in 2000, for a growth rate of 153.1% over that decade.

Powder Springs, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 14,596
Rank Last Year: 75 (Up 65)
Median Rent: $1,081
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Powder Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Powder Springs is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 13,940 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population for 2015 of 14,826.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Georgia Yet…

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

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

  1. Monroe
  2. Hinesville
  3. Cordele

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Georgia

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Decatur 21,210 $894
2 Marietta 59,714 $936
3 Fayetteville 16,780 $1,064
4 Lawrenceville 30,127 $896
5 Jesup 10,145 $560
6 Bainbridge 12,492 $593
7 Thomasville 18,706 $731
8 Waycross 14,188 $610
9 Newnan 35,642 $940
10 Powder Springs 14,596 $1,081
11 Rome 36,340 $658
12 Brunswick 15,997 $699
13 Pooler 22,131 $1,159
14 Roswell 93,968 $1,096
15 Vidalia 10,674 $549
16 Smyrna 54,788 $997
17 Canton 25,022 $880
18 Kennesaw 32,669 $1,121
19 Johns Creek 82,930 $1,370
20 Lilburn 12,481 $931
21 Sandy Springs 102,212 $1,083
22 Conyers 15,682 $876
23 Duluth 28,681 $1,111
24 Covington 13,667 $794
25 Griffin 22,875 $788
26 Milton 36,755 $1,234
27 Alpharetta 63,013 $1,222
28 Clarkston 12,594 $859
29 Atlanta 456,378 $998
30 Dallas 12,622 $905
31 Carrollton 25,960 $758
32 Kingsland 16,411 $886
33 Dalton 33,653 $647
34 Riverdale 15,812 $807
35 Loganville 11,072 $1,042
36 Mcdonough 23,086 $1,021
37 Snellville 19,395 $1,156
38 Acworth 21,824 $1,037
39 East Point 35,477 $924
40 Gainesville 37,906 $824
41 Statesboro 30,597 $742
42 Winder 15,148 $861
43 Brookhaven 51,567 $1,205
44 Milledgeville 19,146 $683
45 Richmond Hill 11,501 $1,119
46 Forest Park 19,156 $823
47 Dublin 16,189 $540
48 Dunwoody 48,128 $1,248
49 Moultrie 14,457 $620
50 Calhoun 16,139 $632
51 Columbus 200,303 $844
52 College Park 14,434 $778
53 Woodstock 27,964 $1,226
54 Villa Rica 14,755 $917
55 Albany 75,657 $687
56 Tifton 16,691 $584
57 Norcross 16,293 $954
58 Suwanee 18,001 $1,383
59 Holly Springs 10,351 $1,115
60 Douglasville 32,317 $969
61 Fairburn 13,860 $1,045
62 Lagrange 30,535 $789
63 Americus 16,185 $639
64 Chamblee 27,862 $1,014
65 Valdosta 56,717 $732
66 Warner Robins 73,265 $862
67 Grovetown 12,848 $1,033
68 Doraville 10,348 $962
69 Cordele 11,015 $600
70 Hinesville 34,127 $940
71 Monroe 13,253 $775

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