Retire in Athens

Best Retirement City - Athens

See why many believe that Athens is the best city to retire

Athens, Georgia has an excellent cultural scene, especially when it comes to music. Icons such as the B-52's and R.E.M. got their start in the city at the 40 Watt Club, which is still open for business today. The city's weather is hot in the summer, and mild during the winter; an ideal setting for many retirees. The cost of living is slightly higher than the national average, but residents benefit from Georgia's tax friendliness. Having the University of Georgia in town provides for eclectic bars, restaurants, and shops that inject a youthful feel into the city. Click on the above tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Athens.

City Highlights

  1. Culturally rich
  2. Mild winters
  3. Tax friendly
  4. Youthful feel due to University of Georgia
  5. Low home prices vs. National average

Potential Drawbacks

  1. Low % of retirees 65+
  2. Below average employment growth

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 31,521

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Atlanta, GA

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Athens-Ben Epps Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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