Athens is an immensely successful (population just over 100,000) university town in the hills of northeastern Georgia. It is extremely popular as a retirement community. The University of Georgia has helped to create an unusually liberal community with a thriving artistic, literary, musical, and intellectual scene. A number of musical groups such as REM and the B-52’s have gone on to international fame from here.
The University of Georgia with its 26,000 students has a large and beneficial impact on the city. The downtown, centered on College Avenue, is one of the most interesting and vital centers in the nation. It offers many interesting restaurants, nightclubs, music stores, sidewalk cafes, bars, bookstores, and shops. The housing choices for active adults 55+ and those in retirement are quite varied. New high rise condos are being constructed in downtown Athens which plan on linking to a new Multi-Modal Transportation Center. Fourteen of Athens’ neighborhoods are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Athens is located in Athens-Clarke County. For profiles on over 900 cities and towns go to best retirement communities.
Thanks to Wikipedia and Richard Chambers for photo of downtown Athens. Athens Tourist Bureau