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 Grovetown don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Peach State to retire:

  1. Grovetown
  2. Norcross
  3. Decatur
  4. Kennesaw
  5. Albany
  6. Smyrna
  7. Camilla
  8. Cordele
  9. Powder Springs
  10. Johns Creek

Why did Grovetown take the top spot? And where are Atlanta and Columbus? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 94 places from across the state.

For these 94, 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 94, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Grovetown, 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. Grovetown

Grovetown, Georgia

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Population: 12,179
Cost Of Living: 91
Distance to Closest Airport: 108 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,009
Grovetown ranked 1 overall thanks to its 55 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.

2. Norcross

Norcross, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,799
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 24 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,778
Norcross ranked 2 overall thanks to its 41 place rank for cost of living and 46 place safety rank.

3. Decatur

Decatur, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,888
Cost Of Living: 135
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,283
Decatur ranked 3 overall thanks to its 91 place rank for cost of living and 29 place safety rank.

4. Kennesaw

Kennesaw, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,358
Cost Of Living: 99
Distance to Closest Airport: 29 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,737
Kennesaw ranked 4 overall thanks to its 74 place rank for cost of living and 8 place safety rank.

5. Albany

Albany, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 76,946
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 129 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,460
Albany ranked 5 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 66 place safety rank.

6. Smyrna

Smyrna, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,922
Cost Of Living: 102
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,225
Smyrna ranked 6 overall thanks to its 77 place rank for cost of living and 28 place safety rank.

7. Camilla

Camilla, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,078
Cost Of Living: 83
Distance to Closest Airport: 112 miles
Crime Per 100k: 4,037
Camilla ranked 7 overall thanks to its 15 place rank for cost of living and 36 place safety rank.

8. Cordele

Cordele, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,177
Cost Of Living: 82
Distance to Closest Airport: 122 miles
Crime Per 100k: 6,754
Cordele ranked 8 overall thanks to its 8 place rank for cost of living and 69 place safety rank.

9. Powder Springs

Powder Springs, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,271
Cost Of Living: 89
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 5,437
Powder Springs ranked 9 overall thanks to its 41 place rank for cost of living and 54 place safety rank.

10. Johns Creek

Johns Creek, Georgia

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 80,979
Cost Of Living: 128
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
Crime Per 100k: 768
Johns Creek ranked 10 overall thanks to its 89 place rank for cost of living and 1 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 Grovetown.

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

  • Cumming
  • Eatonton
  • Vidalia

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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
Grovetown 1 12,179 91 108 1,009
Norcross 2 15,799 89 24 4,778
Decatur 3 19,888 135 11 3,283
Kennesaw 4 31,358 99 29 1,737
Albany 5 76,946 82 129 6,460
Smyrna 6 52,922 102 16 3,225
Camilla 7 5,078 83 112 4,037
Cordele 8 11,177 82 122 6,754
Powder Springs 9 14,271 89 21 5,437
Johns Creek 10 80,979 128 30 768
Duluth 11 27,821 108 29 2,242
Statesboro 12 29,630 89 39 3,935
Dublin 13 16,200 86 104 6,172
Sandy Springs 14 98,480 140 20 2,948
Mcdonough 15 22,560 94 20 3,927
Forest Park 16 18,783 83 4 6,165
Fairburn 17 13,520 86 11 4,289
Newnan 18 34,457 93 26 3,488
Americus 19 16,557 85 108 8,969
Fitzgerald 20 9,054 83 123 6,693
Roswell 21 92,364 123 28 2,055
Mcrae 22 5,762 82 98 1,839
Dallas 23 12,129 91 30 3,165
Hapeville 24 6,611 93 1 8,455
Fayetteville 25 16,323 103 13 2,995
Acworth 26 21,169 98 32 3,070
Auburn 27 7,388 89 42 1,610
Snellville 28 18,939 94 28 3,865
Adel 29 5,294 87 112 4,420
College Park 30 14,019 85 1 13,995
Dalton 31 33,336 82 84 3,995
Woodstock 32 25,672 102 32 2,648
East Point 33 35,070 83 3 12,033
Loganville 34 10,711 92 33 2,334
Dunwoody 35 47,182 135 22 4,756
Alpharetta 36 60,903 128 31 2,121
Douglasville 37 31,573 88 17 7,097
Marietta 38 58,436 106 22 5,060
Eastman 39 5,442 83 115 9,022
Tifton 40 16,589 89 127 7,173
Holly Springs 41 9,678 98 36 1,921
Douglas 42 11,738 81 116 10,342
Hinesville 43 34,253 92 32 4,636
Sandersville 44 5,839 86 103 5,840
Fort Valley 45 9,448 81 81 5,027
Conyers 46 15,456 89 25 6,340
Thomaston 47 9,068 78 51 5,249
Riverdale 48 15,496 90 5 6,375
Lilburn 49 12,162 98 24 6,051
Port Wentworth 50 6,189 84 4 2,068
Fort Oglethorpe 51 9,368 84 100 9,105
Carrollton 52 25,138 87 37 5,227
Villa Rica 53 14,266 89 28 5,390
Thomasville 54 18,558 94 110 7,091
Chamblee 55 15,835 114 19 7,969
Suwanee 56 16,648 116 35 2,895
Tyrone 57 7,028 112 14 1,365
Calhoun 58 15,837 84 65 4,937
Warner Robins 59 71,359 84 84 6,799
Flowery Branch 60 6,012 96 47 1,264
Kingsland 61 16,147 90 25 3,350
Waycross 62 14,363 81 63 7,470
Winder 63 14,495 90 47 4,484
Griffin 64 23,425 92 28 7,743
Canton 65 23,841 104 42 2,273
Centerville 66 7,468 88 81 6,414
Commerce 67 6,535 89 6 2,035
Waynesboro 68 5,820 82 81 6,718
Pooler 69 20,646 95 3 3,196
Moultrie 70 14,467 90 130 7,396
Commerce 71 6,535 89 67 2,035
Gainesville 72 34,938 90 56 4,645
Lafayette 73 7,105 82 88 5,193
Covington 74 13,342 84 33 7,442
Milton 75 34,874 148 35 1,066
Braselton 76 8,212 103 47 1,449
Atlanta 77 440,641 97 8 7,192
Bremen 78 6,204 96 41 2,949
Swainsboro 79 7,431 83 73 5,678
Locust Grove 80 5,573 89 27 6,800
Milledgeville 81 18,840 91 78 4,214
Brunswick 82 15,648 84 46 9,119
Morrow 83 6,837 90 6 11,657
Toccoa 84 8,327 86 90 5,992
Columbus 85 198,247 83 81 7,303
Jefferson 86 9,630 99 58 1,827
Cairo 87 9,750 92 99 4,071
Valdosta 88 56,324 94 97 6,166
Lagrange 89 30,138 89 54 6,284
Douglas 90 11,738 81 98 10,342
Jesup 91 10,275 85 54 8,360
Vidalia 92 10,596 89 70 7,672
Eatonton 93 6,489 100 63 4,731
Cumming 94 5,538 114 42 7,240

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