Are you looking at your watch wondering when 5PM will finally come around? Sometimes, work can be fun, fulfilling, and exactly what you hoped for when you were a kid, but other times, it can be incredibly draining.
You may be asking yourself why forty-hour weeks feel so long and how it can possibly only be Tuesday.
Perhaps your parents have finally reached retirement age and you think to yourself, Wow, I can’t wait until that’s me.
One day, it will be. But the real question then becomes, what will you do with it? Will you spend your retirement tinkering on projects like your grandfather in a small shack in the backyard? Will you host book clubs on the porch with tea and cookies on warm summer evenings?
Will you live a more active retirement? Take classes at the local colleges and universities, get another degree, or even learn a new language? What about going on long hikes with your dogs on the Appalachian Trail?
If you find yourself envisioning a retirement like that, then going to Georgia may be the perfect place for you.
Georgia is filled with beautiful beaches, mountains, iced tea, and sunshine. It also has Atlanta for the city-people and miles upon miles of small towns for everyone else. What more is there to love?
So where are the top retirement cities in Georgia? Luckily for you, we already have found the answer.
We analyzed 71 cities in Georgia using our “retirement goodness factors,” like affordability, to determine the top 10 best cities for retirement in the state of Georgia.
The winner? Congratulations Decatur! For those living near Atlanta, it is hardly surprising that this suburb ranks first on our list. Home to Emory University and the CDC, Decatur is a hot spot for anyone living in Georgia.
Most of our top 10 are located near Atlanta. Not too surprising, considering Atlanta is the largest city in the state and is a massive research and urban center in the U.S. Filled with vibrant nightlife, cultural events, and delicious food, retiring somewhere near the city of peaches would be on the top of anyone’s list.
Interested to see how your favorite city stacked up? Read on for more information about our methodology and to see why each city is the best for retirement in the state.
For Georgia state reading:
- 10 Best Places To Live In Georgia
- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Georgia
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Georgia
- Best Places To Retire In America
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.
- 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 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 is located in central Cobb County, Georgia, United States, and is the county’s seat and largest city.
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 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 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 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 is the county seat of Thomas County, Georgia, United States. The city is the second largest in Southwest Georgia after Albany.
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 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 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:
For more Georgia reading, check out:
- 30 Things To Know About Moving To Georgia
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Georgia
- 10 Safest Places In Georgia
Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Georgia