Georgia may not be the ;rst state that springs to mind as a retirement destination, but that’s all the more reason why it deserves a closer look.
Atlanta is the undisputed capital city of the South, an economic
hub with many national corporate headquarters that’s also home
to world-class medical, cultural, and educational institutions.
Proximity to the city’s amenities has spurred the development of
new residential communities in the Blue Ridge foothills north
of Atlanta, as well as in nearby college towns like Athens. About
an hour east is the Lake Oconee area, which o;ers a variety of
established golf and equestrian communities. Elsewhere in central Georgia, you’ll ;nd welcoming towns and farm communities
with new residential developments set amid groves of peach and
;e Georgia coast features the historic port city of Savannah, the
region’s cultural and professional services center that’s become
equally popular for tourists and retirees. Nearby Skidaway Island,
like the seaside communities of Brunswick, Sea Island, and St.
Marys just to the south, have been growing steadily with new
residents who enjoy year-round boating, ;shing, and other
Sales Tax Rate: 4% plus local-option additions
Income Tax Rate: Marginal rates range from 1%
Tax Incentives: Retirement income exemption on
$35,000/yr. for age 62 and older and $65,000/yr.
for age 65 and older.
Avg. Cost of Living: Based on the Federal Cost
of Living Index, Georgia’s score of 94 is below the
national average of 100.
Medical Centers: Emory University Hospital in
Atlanta is nationally ranked in six adult specialties.
Among the state’s other leading medical centers
are Kennestone Hospital (Marietta), Navicent
Health Medical Center (Macon), University Hospital
(Augusta), and St. Joseph’s-Candler Hospital
GA — AT A GLANCE GA GA