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What it's Like to Retire in Atlanta

Atlanta is Georgia's largest city and with over 5 million area residents, the 9th largest metro area in the U.S.  For a variety of reasons tens of thousands of people will be moving to retirement communities. It has a relatively mild climate and lower cost of living, tremendous cultural and recreational opportunities, and many already live here or have relatives in the area.  Atlanta is home to a number of colleges and universities including Emory and Georgia State.  Atlanta was home to the 1996 Summer Olympics. Photo of bungalow homes in Inman Park courtesy of Wikipedia and Atlantacitizen.


Where to Retire in Atlanta and Home Prices

Active adults can either live in the many residential areas in town, or choose an active community further out. The choices are limitless, along with the price options.
According to the National Association of Realtors, the median selling price of a home in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta area was $167,800 in the first quarter of 2016.  Many new developments in the outer parts of the Metro have been very hard hit by the real estate bust.


What is special about Atlanta

Atlanta is a great city of the world with major universities, hospitals, museums, and international businesses. It is a vibrant city and one where the cost of living is not that high. Many people got to know Atlanta better thanks to its hosting the 1996 summer Olympics.

What is not special about Atlanta

Traffic, crime, rampant growth, and summer time heat and humidity are some of Atlanta's downsides.

Who will like retirement in Atlanta

Retirees who want to live in a large city with mild climate, colleges and sports teams.


Local economy is driven by

Atlanta is one of the largest economies in the country.  Many U.S. corporations comprise a large portion of Atlanta's economy, which was effected by both the housing and financial crises in 2008.


Climate and Physical Environment

Atlanta is in a humid sub-tropical climate and experiences four seasons. Winters are cool with some days below freezing. The January average is 43.5 degrees.  Summers are hot and humid with the  average July temperature 80 degrees.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Georgia Tech, Emory, and Morehouse are just a few of the prestigious institutions of higher learning in Atlanta. It hosts a sports team for just about every professional sport. And its cultural infrastructure includes every major orchestra, ballet, art museum, etc.


Crime in Atlanta is almost double the national average.

Medical facilities

Atlanta has some of the finest medical institutions in the world, along with specialists for every aspect of medicine.


Atlanta's airport is a central hub and one of the busiest in the world. Its MARTA mass transit system is first rate.

Valuable Links

Atlanta on Wikipedia

What people are saying about Atlanta

Atlanta is a MISERABLE place to retire.
I can\'t believe you even put it on your list. We have lived here most of the last forty years and can\'t wait for our retirement to CO before the end of the year. The weather six months of the year is unbearable HOT & HUMID. When I go out to run at 6am a typical summer morning is >70 degrees and > 90% humidity. Traffic? HORRIBLE! I travel a lot and the only two places I found worse were DC and Miami. It is COMMON to have at least one major artery closed down every rush hour. The crime is incredible - and we are talking VIOLENT crime - home invasions, car jacking, murder. Young people do like it here because it is a lively town, and I admit, is beautiful too. Of course all the lush flora means some of the worst allergies you can find is spring and fall. YOU DO NOT WANT TO RETIRE HERE!
Posted by wscottjames on October 12, 2016
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Lee sent in this comment: Moving to Atlanta area. Looking for a planned community. Need help. Thanks. by Lee
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Facts about ATLANTA
  • State: GA
  • Environment: Urban,Suburban,College Town,Cultural Center,LGBT,Singles,
  • 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): $100,000-$200,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very high)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 121+ (very high)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: No
  • Name of the Guide: jb

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