Rome : Georgia

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What it's Like to Retire in Rome

Rome is the largest city in northwest Georgia. Like its namesake in Italy, Rome is built on 7 hills with a river running through it.  It has 34,000 residents and is home to four colleges including Floyd College and Shorter University. Berry College is famous for having the world's largest campus (26,000 acres). Rome has a long history with more than a dozen sites on the National Register of Historic Places.  Rome is in the foothills of the Appalachians, and is almost equidistant to Chattanooga, Atlanta, and Birmingham. Photos courtesy of Wikipedia (downtown photo by Cculber007).

Where to Retire in Rome and Home Prices

There is at least 1 active adult community in Rome.
The Zillow Home Value Index was $116,000 in mid 2018, about half the national index. Home values went up 9% in the last year.


What is special about Rome

Having 4 colleges in town is unusual.  Rome has the largest college campus in the world (Berry College).  Being an historic town in the foothills of the Appalachians is another distinction.

What is not special about Rome

It is a bit of a drive to any large city. Through the 1970's Rome was home to a nationally famous house of prostitution, Peggy's.

Who will like retirement in Rome

People looking for an inexpensive place to retire in a moderate climate with good scenery and in a college town will probably like Rome.

Local economy is driven by

Formerly agricultural, Rome has several large companies in addition to the colleges and being the county seat.

Climate and Physical Environment

Rome is located in the hills of northwest Georgia. The average July high temp is 88 and the average Jan low is 29.  March is the wettest month with almost 7" of precip.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Rome has many restaurants. There are museums and a film festival. The colleges also provide local culture. There are frequent fairs and festivals, in addition to a minor league baseball team.


Crime is over a third higher than the national average.

Medical facilities

There are at least 3 hospitals including Floyd Medical Center.


Atlanta and its international airport is just over 50 miles away. No interstate highways are close to Rome.

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