Thomasville : Georgia


What It Is Like to Retire in Thomasville

Thomasville, Georgia, the City of Roses, can be an interesting retirement community in  cotton plantation country. The surrounding countryside can be quite beautiful, although one cannot say that about all areas of town.  It does offer a reasonable cost of living. The active brick-paved downtown has been restored with live oaks draped in Spanish moss, magnolias, antebellum homes, and fragrant plantings. Some parts of the downtown are depressed however.  Thomasville (population 19,000 in 2006) has a long history as a winter haven for wealthy northerners. Bypassed for Florida in the last century, the surrounding area is now is now in a resurgence as new retirees have discovered that it offers an old world charm missing elsewhere. The area is very close to northern Florida and Tallahassee -  the road between the two is quite scenic along horse farms and pecan plantations.

Where to Retire in Thomasville and Home Prices

There are a great variety of housing options. You can live in a charming neighborhood – either in an historic home (more expensive) or in a smaller but newer home. There are condominiums and apartments to choose from in the downtown area. Many active adult developments are going up.
According to Zillow, the median home value was $152,530 in early 2021.


What Is Special about Thomasville

• Pebble Hill Plantation is open for tours. Quail hunting plantations • 1885 Queen Anne Lapham-Patterson House, • Beautiful downtown and neighborhoods • A livable small city • April Rose Fest • 22 public parks, public Country Oaks Golf Course (18 holes), Glen Arven County Club • Named one of the "12 best preserved and unique cities in the United States" by National Trust for Historic Preservation

What Is Not Special about Thomasville

• No public transportation  • Parts of the city are unattractive and rundown - occasionally you run across a neighborhood that is unattractive or too rural

Who Will Like Retirement in Thomasville

Thomasville attracts a varied community of residents including retirees who want to live in a small town in the un-crowded and beautiful state of Georgia. People who are familiar with the south might appreciate it more than transplanted Yankees. A great place to raise children or have grandchildren visit because it is a small town near a big city, so go to Tallahassee and then escape back to Thomasville. The population is split evenly between blacks and white with a few other minorities.


Local Economy Is Driven by

The economy is driven by tourism and construction.

Climate and Physical Environment

Thomasville is just north of the Florida state line in a rolling and forested area. Summers are hot and humid, winters are mild. Tallahassee (FL) is the nearest city and is about 35 miles away.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The Thomasville Cultural Center features theater, dance and concert events. The annual Rose Fest in April provides an active festival with food. Thomas University is a small private, four-year university here that has some cultural offerings. Thomasville Entertainment Foundation(TEF) Concert Series is one of the nation's oldest all-volunteer concert series presenters. Their performances are held throughout the year a at the Thomasville Cultural Center auditorium. Thomasville Onstage and Company offers live theatre. Thomasville Rose Show is an annual festival



The crime rate is slightly above the national average. Most crimes seem to be property rather than personal crime.

Medical Facilities

The John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital (250 beds) is here in Thomasville, along with Southwestern State Hospital.


The convenient Tallahassee Regional Airport is about 41 miles away

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What people are saying about Thomasville

There are parts of town
Agreed there are some parts of Thomasville that are a bit off-putting. Those areas are run down and gritty. While there are many areas, particularly out of town that are especially nice with horse farms and pecan plantations. Just be careful where you live.
Posted by marty50 on October 29, 2011
We drove through here
My wife and I drove through Thomasville and we were very impressed. It is close to Tallahassee. The downtown looks nice and there are many active adult communities. My question is - i wonder what it is like for a person from the north to retire in a town like Thomasville? Will they find it comfortable, or strange. I mostly ask because if you come in from any direction but the south, you really get an old-time southern feel. Trashy gas stations, dumpy little houses, and a feeling of poverty and/or grittyness.
Posted by 2putz on November 30, 2008

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