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7 Reasons to Retire in Georgia

When you’re looking toward retirement, it’s time to make some of your last big decisions, decisions that will impact the rest of your life substantially. However, actually making those decisions can be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do! If you’re looking to find a retirement home that checks all your boxes, forget Florida and California — Georgia is where it’s at. Consider these seven great reasons to retire in Georgia, rather than moving to some other state.

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Georgia is extremely tax-friendly for seniors, especially those 65 and over

When it comes to tax percentages, Georgia is easily one of the best. Not only does the state not tax Social Security, but people 65 and over also get a $65,000 deduction per person on all retirement income that isn’t Social Security. Of that, $4,000 can be from earned income, like a side job or seasonal work. Statewide sales tax is only 4%, and county sales taxes range from 2-4%; groceries are taxed, but only at local rates, leaving it no higher than 4%. In addition, there’s no inheritance or estate tax that you might otherwise leave to your heirs.

Georgia housing and living costs are substantially cheaper than many other places in the nation

The two biggest expenses for most people, especially seniors, are rent and food, and rent is the biggest for sure. That’s why Georgia is so alluring to many people; while the average home value in the United States is $206,000, Georgia stays strong at only $166,000, with a sizable chunk of homes valued between $64,000 and $128,000. The cost of living is also almost 7% lower than the national average, so you get better bang for your buck all around.

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When you retire in Georgia, you can get the best of the country and the city at the same time

With many heavily-populated states, you have to make the decision whether you want to live in the industrialized cities or the urban outskirts. Being completely isolated in one or the other can be frustrating, which is why it’s great that the two are intertwined in this state. Whether you’re looking for relaxing lakes and lovely state parks or you want the excitement of a sprawling metropolis, you can find it all within reach.

There’s always a Georgia sports team to get behind

Sports are a huge part of the cultural identity of most American places, and Georgia’s not an outlier in this territory. There are Georgia teams for all kinds of sports, from swimming to tennis, and Atlanta alone hosts six professional sports teams, as well as multiple venues for competition! Even if you don’t much like sports, moving to Georgia may actually convince you to try them out.

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Georgia weather is warm and great for greenery all over the state

As a whole, Georgia maintains a pretty mild climate. Temperatures average between 40 and 80 degrees. The beautiful, warm temperature makes for some great natural growth, both flora and fauna; you can expect to find over 250 species of trees, over 160 bird species, and 79 species of reptile, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg! If you want the outdoors, Georgia will bring it to you.

Yet, even though the temperatures in Georgia are moderate, the humidity is very high. Temperatures are balmy and sweet in Georgia. Humidity plays a huge part in how the temperature of an area feels, and Georgia ranks very high when it comes to the water in the air. It’s definitely one of the highest in the nation, so if you’re from a dried-out state, you may need to acclimate first. Just something to think about if you decide to retire in Georgia.

There’s a wealth of history all over Georgia, perfect for any history buff

If you want to learn more about the foundation of the United States, look no further than the Georgia Historical Society, which organizes events and exhibits to teach those things. They’ve placed historical markers at important sites all across the state, which make it quick and easy to learn about the places where you’re standing.

When you retire in Georgia you’ll never be short of friends

If there’s one thing people need, it’s love and compassion from those around them, and the Georgia population has that in droves. For seniors, it’s equally important to find a caring community full of similar retirees, and can help you with that! Whether you’re looking for age-restricted housing, assisted living, or just a friendly community, After55 will let you find what you need, where you need it.

Is all this charming enough to convince you to retire in Georgia? Check out these 250+ communities aimed at adults 55 and better.

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    Rafael (Raf) is the Targeted Content Writer & Strategist for,,, and He helps create, edit, and plan content that connects current and potential renters with apartment and property managers and owners. When Raf isn’t busy writing, he spends a great deal of his time performing sketch and improv comedy, hanging out at the beach, and looking at memes on the Internet.

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