Eufaula : Alabama


What It Is Like to Retire in Eufaula

Eufaula, Alabama was founded as a center of trade due to its presence on the Chattahoochee River and its rich soil. Prior to the civil war it was the major shipping and commercial center of the region. The legacy of that period is its 700 structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, including its classic Carnegie Library with colonial balcony. Many of these are beautiful historic homes in the ante-bellum and Victorian styles.

Nearest cities to Eufaula (about 50 miles) are Dothan, AL and Columbus, GA. The town is located in Barbour County, and has just under 15,000 residents.

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Pictures in the Public Domain of The Walter F. George Lock and Dam which creates Lake Eufaula, and of The Shorter Mansion on the National Register of Historic Places courtesy of Wikipedia.


Where to Retire in Eufaula and Home Prices

Eufaula is a beautiful place to retire. Most active adults who move here live in a restored historic house.
Housing tends to be inexpensive. Alabama's tax structure is very favorable to retirees, who are being courted by the state. Property taxes on a $200,000 will  be less than $2000 per year. There are  also some homestead exemptions and other tax breaks for seniors. Eufaual is so small that reliable housing prices are hard to find, but prices will vary by neighborhood and type of house. reported the median home value was $126,497 in mid-2021.


What Is Special about Eufaula

• Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge • Antebellum homes including the Shorter Mansion • 700 structures on the National Register of Historic Places • Lake Walter F. George (Lake Eufaula – the Bass Fishing Capital of the World) • It is a "Certified Audubon Sustainable Community" • Mild climate • The Eufaula Pilgrimage (annual historic tour) • Eufaula Community Center (swimming pool, meeting rooms)

What Is Not Special about Eufaula

• Limited restaurants, medical facilities, and no movie theatre • Hot, humid summers

Who Will Like Retirement in Eufaula

Eufaula is succeeding in attracting retirees who want to live in a small and historic town.

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Local Economy Is Driven by

Tourism, Retail, manufacturing

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Climate and Physical Environment

Eufaula is sited along the high bluffs of the Chattahoochee River on Alabama’s Georgia border. See link to Google Map at top of page. The average July high temp is 91 and the average Jan low is 35. March is the wettest month with over 6" of rain.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Eufaula is has many significant events throughout the year including the Art Show and Garden Tour that are part of the annual Pilgrimage home tour and festival. Wallace Community College offers limited classes.


According to, the crime index in Eufaula is 236.5 which is way below the national average of 319.5 making it one of the safest places to live in after retirement. The violent crime rate in the city is 41/10000 people and that is also below the national and state average.

Medical Facilities

Lakeview Community Hospital


Dothan (AL) Regional and Columbus (GA) Airports are each about 45 miles

Valuable Links

Eufaula on Wikipedia

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