Guntersville : Alabama

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What it's Like to Retire in Guntersville

Guntersville is a sleepy small town of 8,600 along giant Lake Guntersville. This community is in a beautiful setting with a low cost of living and a cute downtown. Surrounded by water on three sides, Guntersville has plenty of historic homes, a senior center and state parks.  It is popular with retirees for many reasons including its 3 golf courses (and many more nearby), great bass fishing in this large lake, and active cultural life. The population grew 16% from 2000 to 2009.

Where to Retire in Guntersville and Home Prices

Guntersville is filled with many lovely historic homes.
According to the median sale price in mid-2013 was about $125,000.  However, has puts the median sale price lower at about $105,000 for the same period.


What is special about Guntersville

Guntersville has a low cost of living, nice amenities and homes, and strong senior programs.  The city has received several accolades including Best Lake in Alabama (Southern Living) and a Top 10 Fishing Town in America (Field and Stream).

What is not special about Guntersville

Crime is very high, about double the national average.

Who will like retirement in Guntersville

Retireees who want small town living and enjoy outdoor activities.


Local economy is driven by

Manufacturing and retail


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 40 and the average July temperature is 80. Summers are hot and humid here in northeastern Alabama.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Guntersville has numerous wildlife areas, a public library with many lectures, pretty good restaurants, a Senior Center, and a strong parks and recreation department. There is an active arts council with many programs for art festivals and concerts. The Whole Backstage Theatre Group produces 6 productions  per year.


Crime is about double the national average.

Medical facilities

Marshall Medical Center North is a 90-bed acute care facility.


There is a public bus system.

Valuable Links

Guntersville on Wikipedia
Guntersville Chamber of Commerce

What people are saying about Guntersville

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  • State: AL
  • Environment: Lake,Boating Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • 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: 111-120 (high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Culture Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
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