Nimes : France

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What it's Like to Retire in Nimes

Nimes is an ancient city in southern France near the Mediterranean.  It was conquered by the Romans and has many well-preserved buildings and ruins from the early AD years. Those include an Amphitheater, Maison Carre'e, and the Temple of Diane. eterans of the Roman legions who had served Julius Caesar in his Nile campaigns, at the end of fifteen years of soldiering, were given plots of land to cultivate on the plain of Nîmes. The denim in blue jeans derives its name from Nimes (Serge de Nimes). Photos courtesy of Wikipedia and Danichou Maison Carre'e, city center by Ncadene.


Where to Retire in Nimes and Home Prices

Some reports say that Nimes is not as pretty or nice a place to live as nearby Montpelier. Nearby Uzès is probably the most beautiful town in Languedoc. Sommières is pretty and lively with many good restaurants and cafes. Baucaire is another good choice.  Homes and apartments in Nimes tend to need renovation. They are available for less than 100,00 Euros, although they can range up to 1,000,000 Euros.


What is special about Nimes

Nimes is fortunate to have some of the finest preserved Roman ruins anywhere. The region is it in is also spectactular  in the Languedoc-Roussillon region  near the Mediterrean. Its annual Feria carries on the local festival tradition of southern France and Spain.


What is not special about Nimes

Nimes is a fairly big city that is not as pretty as some of the surrounding towns.


Who will like retirement in Nimes

People who want to live in the south of France in a city with many Roman ruins.


Local economy is driven by

Tourism is very important to the local economy.


Climate and Physical Environment

Nimes is in the middle of France's Mediterranean coast, just a bit inland. Its climate is as warm as anywhere in France.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The annual Feria is a cultural highlight of the year. This is a tourist town with many ancient ruins to tour, as well as many restaurants.



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Nimes has a high speed train station (TGV) with rapid service to the rest of Europe.


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Facts about NIMES
  • State: FRANCE
  • Environment: Small-mid Sized City,
  • City Population: 100,001+
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 101-110 (slightly above average)
  • Culture Index: <80 (Very low)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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