Macon : Georgia

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What it's Like to Retire in Macon

Macon is located in central Gerogia, giving it the nick name  "The Heart of Georgia."  Founded in 1823, Macon became a prosperous city due to the railroad and cotton industry, along with its location on the Ocmulgee River which allowed for shipping to markets.  The city grew with wide avenues of beautiful homes and brick buildings for commerce. Macon's Indian, Civil War, African American, and Music heritage has earned it more listing on the National Register of Historic Places than any other city in Georgia.  In 2012, voters in Macon and Bibb County approved a new consolidated government between the city and county, making the city's new boundary lines the same as the county's.  The city has several institutions of higher education, as well as numerous museums and tourism sites.  Pictures of court house and cherry blossom festival courtesy of Wikipedia and Macondude.

 

Where to Retire in Macon and Home Prices

According to City-data.com, the median sale price was about $110,000 in late 2014.  However, Zillow reports the median sale price to be much lower at $88,865 at the end of 2015.

 

What is special about Macon

Macon is full of history and historical sites dating back to the Creek Indians, The Civil war, and its Antebellum culture. Today Macon is an urban community with many schools of higher education and medical facilities.

 

What is not special about Macon

Macon has a high crime rate; summer months are hot; it is not considered a walkable community.

 

Who will like retirement in Macon

Retirees who want a historical town or a college town full of activity, events and festivals throughout the year.

 

Local economy is driven by

Construction is important to the local economy. Malls include: Mercer Village, The Shoppes at River Crossing, Macon Mall and Eisenhower Crossing. Traditional shopping centers are in the downtown area, and Ingleside Village.

 

Climate and Physical Environment

Macon has a humid subtropical climate. The average January temperature is about 47, and the average July temperature is around 81 degrees.  The city has an average annual precipitation of 45 inches.  

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are several museums in Macon, including The Allman Brothers Band Museum;  Georgia Sports Hall of Fame; Tubman African American Museum which is the largest African American museum in Georgia;  The Macon Symphony Orchestra performs at the Grand Opera House in downtown Macon, as does the youth symphony, and the Middle Georgia Concert Band. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, it is now the performing arts center of Mercer University.

 

Crime

Macon has a high crime rate, almost double the national average.

 

Medical facilities

Coliseum Medical Center

 

Transportation

Middle Georgia Regional Airport is about 12 miles from Macon;  Atlanta's international airport is about 80 miles away; Macon is serviced by Amtrak

 

Valuable Links

City of Macon

 

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Facts about MACON
  • State: GA
  • Environment: Urban,College Town,
  • City Population: 50,001-100,000
  • 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): Less than $100,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: NA
  • Total Crime Index: 121+ (very 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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