The 10 Best Places To Retire In Georgia For 2022


We analyzed over 71 places in Georgia to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best places to retire in Georgia.

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 retirement is the best option. And if you're looking to retire in Georgia, we have you covered.

Georgia has a town for everyone. You can live a more active retirement somewhere like Alpharetta. Or you can start taking classes at Emory, get another degree, or even learn a new language. What about going on long hikes with your dogs on the Appalachian Trail outside of Ellijay.If you find yourself envisioning a retirement like that, then going to Georgia is 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?

To help you feel secure in your decision of where to retire in Georgia, we took a look at the most recent Census and FBI data, among others, to find affordable places with plenty to do that are also safe -- a retirement paradise. It turns out the suburbs outside of Atlanta check most of these boxes. So where are the top retirement cities in Georgia? Grab a peach and read on for the answer.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Georgia For 2022

  1. Vidalia
  2. Decatur
  3. Cartersville
  4. Jefferson
  5. Douglas
  6. Fayetteville
  7. Marietta
  8. Pooler
  9. Bainbridge
  10. Braselton

Why did Vidalia take the top spot? And where are Sandy Springs and Roswell?

We analyzed 50 cities in Georgia using our retirement goodness factors, like affordability, to determine the top ten best cities for retirement in the state of Georgia.

The best place to retire in Georgia for 2022? Congratulations Vidalia, the best place for retirees in Georgia! For those living near Atlanta, it is hardly surprising that this suburb ranks first on our list. Most of our top ten 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 more Georgia state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Georgia For 2022

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,380
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $578
Distance to Closest Airport: 70 miles
More on Vidalia: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Vidalia, GA

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 24,814
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,339
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Decatur: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Decatur, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,331
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $906
Distance to Closest Airport: 42 miles
More on Cartersville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Cartersville, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,619
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $787
Distance to Closest Airport: 58 miles
More on Jefferson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jefferson, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 11,556
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $634
Distance to Closest Airport: 116 miles
More on Douglas: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Douglas, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 17,902
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $1,263
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
More on Fayetteville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fayetteville, GA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 60,687
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $1,145
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Marietta: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Marietta, GA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 24,575
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Median Rent: $1,295
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
More on Pooler: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Pooler, GA

Overall SnackAbility

2
/10

Population: 12,200
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Median Rent: $665
Distance to Closest Airport: 81 miles
More on Bainbridge: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bainbridge, GA

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 12,178
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $963
Distance to Closest Airport: 47 miles
More on Braselton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Braselton, GA

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Peach State for 2022

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 50 places from across the state.

For these 50, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • 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 50, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Vidalia, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Summary: Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Georgia Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Georgia goes to Vidalia.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Monroe
  2. Cordele
  3. Lagrange

For more Georgia reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Georgia?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Vidalia 10,380 $578
2 Decatur 24,814 $1,339
3 Cartersville 21,331 $906
4 Jefferson 11,619 $787
5 Douglas 11,556 $634
6 Fayetteville 17,902 $1,263
7 Marietta 60,687 $1,145
8 Pooler 24,575 $1,295
9 Bainbridge 12,200 $665
10 Braselton 12,178 $963

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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