Centre : Alabama

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What it's Like to Retire in Centre

Centre is a town of 3,200 in northeastern Alabama and on the Georgia border. It is nestled up against the Weiss Lake, an enormous 450 mile stretch of shoreline that draws residents and tourists alike. This laid back and classically conservative, Southern town is a place where cost of living in low while outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant. This is a town of barbecues and high school football games. Centre is the home of beautiful Weiss Lake, 33,000 acres of blue water know as “The Crappie Capitol Of The World”. Parade photo courtesy of Flickr.


Where to Retire in Centre and Home Prices

There is at least one active adult community in the area.

According to City-data.com, the median home price was about $190,000 in late 2014.


What is special about Centre

The lake is the community's largest draw, with camp grounds, boat rentals and marinas aplenty. 


What is not special about Centre

The poverty rate here is high, and limited shopping may dissuade some from retiring here. 


Who will like retirement in Centre

Those who thrive on conservative Southern values, lake living, and fresh air will like it here in Centre.


Local economy is driven by

Tourism and retirement are important to Centre's economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

Summers are very humid while winters are in the thirties and up. Centre is located on a very large lake, Weiss Lake, in northeastern Alabama, not far from Georgia border and the town of Rome.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Admittedly the outdoor life is more celebrated here than the cultural one. However at the Cherokee Historical Museum the local history and heritage is depicted in displays of old local newspapers, shotguns, wagons, Indian artifacts, doll collections, celebrity memorabilia, etc.



The crime rate is low.


Medical facilities

The Cherokee Medical Center has 60 beds and a 24/7 emergency department. 



The closest large airport is approximately 85 miles away in Birmingham; Centre is about average in walkability when compared to other communities.


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Facts about CENTRE
  • State: AL
  • Environment: Lake,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 45-64
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 20,001-40,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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