The 30 Best Places to Retire in America

28. Athens-Clarke County, Georgia

Athens City is home to the University of Georgia and has a population of 205,500. This vibrant university town gives seniors a chance to explore the local art and intellectual scene. There are many bars, restaurants and venues that offer endless cultural entertainment. The university has contributed greatly to the local economy, so the cost of living is five percent below the national average.

Tourism and agriculture are also a big part of the local economy. You can also visit the State Botanical Gardens or the University of Georgia Arboretum. In the city, there are also one of the only two double barreled cannons they built during the American Civil War. They named them, The Tree That Owns Itself. Athens-Clarke is also home to The Twilight Series, an annual bicycle race.

The median household income is $39,383. The median home price is $197,400. Looking at the health of the local economy is important, too. Happily, Athens-Clarke is enjoying economic growth and has low unemployment figures. If you’re fond of a young, spirited and vibrant town, then Athens-Clarke may just be the spot for you.