Dahlonega : Georgia

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What it's Like to Retire in Dahlonega

Dahlonega is a small but growing town of about 4,000 in northern Georgia. it is northeast of Atlanta and near Gainesville and Lake Lanier.  The town was the site of the first major gold rush in  the U.S.; the 2nd picture above  is of the Dahlonega Gold Museum. Dahlonega is popular as a tourist town and for residents who want to be near Lake Lanier. There is a  town square filled with shops and galleries and a few really nice festivals each year.  One visitor to Topretirements called it the "nicest town in Georgia". There is good hiking (the Appalachian Trail is nearby and a big attraction for many who retire here), lots of small towns to explore, wineries and vineyards, and shopping at the outlets in the Dawsonville area. NE Georgia College is located here so there are also lots of young people to liven things up. Photos courtesy of Jeff.
 

Where to Retire in Dahlonega and Home Prices

Residential Dahlonega ranges from nice country/rural areas to vacation rental areas, although there are some less desirable areas that one commenter compared to Deliverance.  There are active communities in the area.
According to Zillow, the median price of a home in mid-2016 was $175,635. 

 

What is special about Dahlonega

Interesting history as the original U.S. gold rush area. The Dahlonega Mint produced gold coins until the Civil War - today those coins are highly sought after by numismatists. Nice tourist area with interesting downtown and festivals. Recent honors include being named to Preserve America program, National Main Street program, and Tree City USA. Proximity to giant Lake Lanier is a plus.
 

What is not special about Dahlonega

It is rural and far from any major city.
 

Who will like retirement in Dahlonega

The likely retiree for the Dahlonega area would enjoy the outdoors, want to live in a bustling small town, and want to be near a large lake.
 

Local economy is driven by

Tourism is the major driver of the Dahlonega economy.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Dahlonega is 60 or so miles from Atlanta in north central Georgia. Gainesville and Lake Lanier are immediately to the south. Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, Chattanooga are all within a few hours. The average July high temperature is 86 and the average January low is 26. January is the wettest month (7").
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

In addition to the Gold Museum other cultural events include the "Bear on the Square", an annual three-day festival with an art show. There is a regular series of festivals, some of them featuring bluegrass music. The Lumpkin County Library is open every day but Sunday and offers classes, interlibrary loan,  and public computers.
 

Crime

Crime in Dahlonega is slightly lower than the national average.
 

Medical facilities

Chastatee Regional Hospital serves the region.
 

Transportation

Lumpkin County-Wimpys Airport; Amtrak is 20 miles away in Gainesville; Dahlonega is a very walkable community

 

Valuable Links

Wikipedia information about Dahlonega
City of Dahlonega
Georgia retirement guide
 

What people are saying about Dahlonega

Skeeters in Dahlonega
This comment in from a Member: I just returned from Dahlonega, Georgia (I left on Monday, Aug. 5th). It is the only place I have ever been that is swarming with mosquitoes in the early afternoon. I\'m itching just thinking about it!
Posted by admin on August 08, 2013

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Facts about DAHLONEGA
  • State: GA
  • Environment: Rural,Lake,Small Town,Outdoor Oriented,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • 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
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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