The Pros and Cons of Retiring in Georgia

Georgia has many advantages for retirement living and a few disadvantages. This page will help give you an overview. There is no better advice than to go visit the Peach State yourself. Because it is so big and so varied, you might take a few short trips to thoroughly explore this state that stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Blue Ridge Mountains.


The Pros of a Georgia Retirement

  • Relatively low cost of living
  • Housing prices generally below the U.S. median ($126,000 vs. $182,000 in mid 2010)
  • Beginning in 2012 all non-working income will be exempt (social security payments already exempt)
  • Varied environments from beach to mountains, cities to small towns, lakes, college towns, etc.
  • Many large and relatively new active adult communities
  • Warmer winters
  • Tax friendly for retirees

The Cons of Retiring in Georgia

  • Different environment and culture than many northerners are used to
  • Hot and humid summers in many parts of the State
  • Many of the active communities are in very rural settings
  • Does not have the cachet of the Carolinas

For more information about the best places to retire in Georgia consult these resources :


Click here For a Directory of Georgia’s Best Active Adult Communities