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:
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.
Population: 12,179Cost 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.
Population: 15,799Cost 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.
Population: 19,888Cost 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.
Population: 31,358Cost 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.
Population: 76,946Cost 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.
Population: 52,922Cost 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.
Population: 5,078Cost 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.
Population: 11,177Cost 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
Population: 14,271Cost 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
Population: 80,979Cost 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:
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