Alabama September 03, 2015
by Jennifer Young Here Are The 10 Best Cities In Alabama To Retire In
Choosing where to retire is an important life decision. The right decision can lead to many years of happiness, whereas the wrong decision could end up being very costly. Ever wonder where are the best cities in Alabama to retire in?
There are many great cities in Alabama to retire in. Alabama is also home to several 55+ communities. With breathtaking scenery, a variety of recreational activities and affordable housing, it’s not surprising so many people are choosing to retire in Alabama.
Here are the 10 best:
Scottsboro's charming town square, tree-graced neighborhoods, reasonable housing prices and beautiful lakes are what make this city a great place for retirement. Real estate is selling for 18% below the national average, and the city's personal safety is ranked in the top 15% in the nation.
Nestled in the southeastern corner of Alabama is Eufaula. This historic town offers a relaxed lifestyle and a cost of living that's 12% below the national average. Antebellum architecture, a low cost of living, and appealing lake culture are the three main things that attract retirees to this beautiful area.
Florence is located in northwest Alabama, tucked along the banks of the Tennessee River. The cost of living in Florence is 9% below the national average and the median home price is only $100,000. Recreational activities enjoyed by retirees in this area include biking, boating, fishing and golfing.
4. Fort Payne
Located in northeast Alabama, nestled between Lookout Mountain and Sand Mountain, is Fort Payne. With an average home price of less than $100,000, and an average temperature of only 70 degrees, it comes as no surprise retirees are choosing this charming town to settle down in.
Huntsville is a popular area for military retirees, and it offers its residents a high-tech culture at a lower-than-average cost of living. Because of its location, retirees have access to miles of hiking and biking trails.
6. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach
Gulf Shores and its neighboring town, Orange Beach, offers retirees 32 miles of white-sand beaches and emerald green waters that are perfect for boating, swimming, fishing and skiing. This area attracts many snowbird retirees who live here during the winter months and live elsewhere during the warmer months.
The cost of living in Auburn is 11% below the national average. In addition to its low cost of living, Auburn's strong economy, warm climate and low crime rate also attracts retirees to the area.
Fairhope is one of the prettiest towns in the South and one of the nicest retirement communities anywhere. There are several neighborhoods in Fairhope that attract retirees, including Hollowbrook. In Hollowbrook, beautiful ranch-style homes can be purchased from the mid-to-high $100k. Key Allegro Villas is a manufactured community that offers mobile homes to seniors.
Located only half an hour from Montgomery is Greenville. Retirees love this charming town's historic downtown, as well as the numerous events that are held throughout the year.
Guntersville provides a beautiful setting with a low cost of living for its retirees. Retirees are attracted to this Alabama city for three main reasons: its three golf courses, its active cultural life, and its great bass fishing opportunities on Lake Guntersville, Alabama's largest lake.
What do you think? Would you consider retiring in one of these Alabama cities? Let us know in the comments below!
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