Greensboro-Oconee : Georgia

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What it's Like to Retire in Greensboro-Oconee

Greensboro is one of the small towns in central Georgia near Lake Oconee and the Oconee National Forest.  Although it is quite rural in this part of Georgia it is an easy drive to Athens (University of Georgia) and Atlanta.  The recreational opportunities are quite extensive thanks to this huge lake (2nd largest in Georgia) and National Forest. Greensboro itself is a small town of about 3200 and the county seat of Green County. Many luxury resorts, developments, and golf courses have been built along the shores of Lake Oconee.

Large active adult communities have been built here in recent years because of its beautiful setting and proximity to Atlanta. So the area represents a mix of charming old southern town, big active communities, and a huge lake.

 

Where to Retire in Greensboro-Oconee and Home Prices

Large active adult communities have been built here in recent years because of its beautiful setting and proximity to Atlanta. These developments (see link at right) have tended to dominate local demographics and home prices in recent years.
Outside of the development household income is relatively low and home prices below $100,000; inside the developments household income is higher and so are home prices  - above $400,000 in 2016 according to Zillow.   There are other nice areas near Greensboro, some of them south of I 20 on Rt 44.

 

What is special about Greensboro-Oconee

The downtown is charning and busy.  Having the second largest lake in Georgia and a huge National Forest make this area special too. The lake was built in 1979 so it is a relatively young area.  Some of the area developments include Harbor Club (a Golfweek "top 10 places to play in Georgia" in 2009) and the Golf Club at Cuscowilla.

 

What is not special about Greensboro-Oconee

The crime rate is high for a small town; it is rural and the nearest large airport is 85 miles away.

 

Who will like retirement in Greensboro-Oconee

People who like small towns, golf, fishing, and the outdoors will love it in Greensboro.
 

Local economy is driven by

Construction and tourism.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Greensboro is dominated by Lake Oconee and Oconee National Forest. It is in central Georgia east of Atlanta and south of Athens.
 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Some of the larger active adult developments probably have a lot of cultural opportunities. But beyond that you need to head for Atlanta or Athens.
 

Crime

Crime here is over two thirds higher than the national average.
 

Medical facilities

The Minnie Boswell Memorial Hospital is in Greensboro. Other hospitals are 22 miles away in Eatonton and Madison, 30 miles to Athens.
 

Transportation

Interstate  20 is just a few miles to the south. Athens Airport is 30 miles away, Atlanta Airport is about 85 miles
 

Valuable Links

Georgia retirement guide

 

What people are saying about Greensboro-Oconee

Greensboro quite interesting
Your editor drove through Greensboro recently and found it quite nice and interesting as well. The downtown is charming and bustling with some beautiful old buildings. The owner of a local coffee shop told us she moved to Greensboro a few years ago and just loves living here - just like Mayberry, she says. Everybody is friendly and gets along. She loves it when the folks from the (many) local active communities on Lake Oconee come into town - "they are so happy and interesting".
Posted by admin on October 27, 2016

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Facts about GREENSBORO-OCONEE
  • State: GA
  • Environment: Rural,Lake,Small Town,Boating Community,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 41-60
  • Avg July Temperature: 81+
  • 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: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer

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