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Best Places to Retire in Southern USA

Best Places to Retire in Southern USA
Do you want to retire in Southern USA, in a warmer, often humid climate? Below are our recommendations & ideas for places to retire in Southern USA. Click on the destination links to find area description and characteristics, area amenities and things to do, climate and weather, housing options, cost of living, senior assistance, area demographics and job & volunteer opportunities

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retire in Mississippi Gulf Coast (Harrison, Jackson and Hancock counties)Mississippi Gulf Coast (Harrison, Jackson and Hancock counties), Mississippi - Retirement has traditionally been defined as “withdrawing oneself,” but on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we’re reimagining retirement. We like to think of it as a permanent vacation. And whether you’d rather fill your days with relaxation or non-stop activities, there’s no better place to be than right here in South Mississippi. The national publication Where to Retire is in agreement.

retire in Twin City, Emanuel CountyTwin City, Emanuel County, Georgia - Twin City is a charming, historic community in Eastern Emanuel County that is just beginning to realize its potential as a heritage tourism destination. It is also home to George L. Smith State Park where recreational opportunities abound. Several restaurants in town offer classic, home-made, country cooking and Lew's Barbeque, famous in the region, is known as one of Georgia's 100 Best.

retire in Oglethorpe County - Athens/Clark County areaOglethorpe County - Athens/Clark County area, Georgia - Oglethorpe County is adjacent to the city of Athens, home of the University of Georgia, and just a short drive from the popular Lake Oconee recreation area. We are situated about half way between Interstate 85 (the Commerce Outlet Malls!) and Interstate 20 to the south, which gives access to the Augusta area.

retire in TexarkanaTexarkana, Arkansas - Texarkana, Arkansas is the largest city and county seat in Miller County and effectively functions as one half of a city which crosses a state line — the other half, the city of Texarkana, Texas, lies on the other side of State Line Avenue. Named after three states: Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana.

retire in Hickory MetroHickory Metro, North Carolina - Hickory is located in Catawba County in the foothills of western North Carolina. The city encompasses a total area of 29.8 square miles of which 29.7 miles is land and 0.08 square miles is water (Lake Hickory). The city's population is approximately 40,000 and growing. Hickory is well known for its lush, scenic beauty as well as its small town charm.

retire in Mount AiryMount Airy, North Carolina - Mount Airy, North Carolina is a city of just over 10,000 people located in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains in northwest North Carolina. Mayberry RFD icon Andy Griffith grew up in Mount Airy, North Carolina, and it's no coincidence that a stroll down Mount Airy's Main Street reminds people of the town of Mayberry from The Andy Griffith Show.

retire in GainesvilleGainesville, Florida - Gainesville is the proud home of the University of Florida. And for some people, that's the beginning and end of the story. Gainesville isn't just a great college town. It's a great town. Period. It's where nature and culture meet. Where trees draped in Spanish moss line quaint Old South inspired streets.

retire in Chambers CountyChambers County, Alabama - Centrally located in the fast-growing Southeast region of the United States, Chambers County includes the cities of LaFayette, Lanett and Valley. The area is located on Interstate 85, convenient to three major urban centers: Atlanta (86 miles northeast), Birmingham (134 miles northwest) and Montgomery (79 miles southwest).

retire in OwensboroOwensboro, Kentucky - Owensboro is Kentucky’s fourth largest city located on the southern banks of the Ohio River. Our visitors call Owensboro a neighborly city. Here you will find an abundance of outdoor parks, including Smother’s Park located along the Ohio River. This city is the Bluegrass Capital of the World and home to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum.

retire in Roane CountyRoane County, Tennessee - Welcome to an area of lush green foliage and gently rolling hills punctuated by steep bluffs. A land full of sweeping valleys, clean air, clear rivers and lakes, and hospitable people that enjoy life at a relaxed pace.

retire in Sun City Center at Tampa BaySun City Center at Tampa Bay, Florida - Sun City Center is a dynamic South Central Florida area that offers its residents the finest of amenities, making it one of the most desirable communities in the country.

retire in Little RockLittle Rock, Arkansas - Being the capital city of Arkansas, Little Rock also serves as the trade center. The region has modern malls, specialty gift and sport shops, exclusive men's and women's boutiques, day spas, antique stores, art galleries, design centers and a collection of national and unique one-of-a-kind retailers.

retire in Tampa BayTampa Bay, Florida - Tampa Bay region combines everything people love about Florida – roller coasters, Cuban culture, year-round outdoor activities and waterfront sunsets – in a single destination. About 3 million people live in the three counties that make up the greater Tampa Bay region. The City of Tampa (population 350,000) is the cultural and business hub for the Gulf Coast of Florida.

retire in East Central FloridaEast Central Florida, Florida - Palm Bay is perfectly located on Florida's east central coast, midway between Jacksonville and Miami. Off of I-95 take exits 173 and 176. Palm Bay is close to Melbourne and Orlando International Airports and Port Canaveral. Housing styles include a wide variety of single family homes, apartments, condominiums, town homes and gated subdivisions.

retire in Mobile CountyMobile County, Alabama - Mobile County has much to offer. From the Alabama Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo to freshwater fishing, antique shopping to outlet bargains, museums to IMAX Dome Theater, tee-time on the course to tea time at a historic plantation home, world-renowned Bellingrath Gardens to the Battleship USS ALABAMA, Mobile's diversity is evident with an abundance of activities.

retire in Dublin, Laurens County, GeorgiaDublin, Laurens County, Georgia, Georgia - Ranging in size from a few thousand in population to almost 75,000, the communities in middle Georgia have a rich history, deep agricultural roots, and a thriving music, shopping, and food scene. Often called the backroads of Georgia, this region has many untouched natural areas with an abundance of hunting, fishing, golfing, hiking, birding, and boating adventures.

retire in Bowling GreenBowling Green, Kentucky - The Home of the Corvette is also a vibrant university town with a lively downtown business center and walkable shopping and entertainment district. Several outer-lying suburban areas create a commuter-based county that is very scenic with hillsides and rolling farmland. Bowling Green boasts family-fun entertainment and world-class attractions and serves as the region’s shopping and dining hub.

retire in SelmaSelma, Alabama - Just 45 minutes from Montgomery, Alabama, you'll find the largest historic district in Alabama - over 1,200 historic structures, landmark sites of the nation's Voting Rights Movement and Civil War, outdoor adventures, and even some haunted history sites - including Alabama's most famous ghost town.

retire in HattiesburgHattiesburg, Mississippi - Hattiesburg, Mississippi is known as the "Hub City". The fourth largest city in Mississippi, it is located in the southern half of the state near the coast. Its central location makes for an easy drive to such major cities as Jackson, Mobile, New Orleans, the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and even Memphis.

retire in TupeloTupelo, Mississippi - It's a place where rolling hills and peaceful lakes beckon you. It's a place where warm smiles and hometown hospitality have never gone out of style. It's a place where both natives and newcomers share the community's vitality. It's Tupelo, Mississippi.

retire in Blowing RockBlowing Rock, North Carolina - Blowing Rock is a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina known for scenic beauty and friendly charm. Blowing Rock is located on the Eastern Continental Divide and adjacent to the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Pisgah National Forest, giving residents and visitors access to gorgeous views and myriad outdoor activities.

retire in Charlottesville & Albemarle CountyCharlottesville & Albemarle County, Virginia - Nestled in the foothills of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville & Albemarle County is an idyllic place to visit and live! Home to Thomas Jefferson, the area is steeped in history and tradition.

retire in Carrabelle on the Forgotten CoastCarrabelle on the Forgotten Coast, Florida - Carrabelle is laid-back and quiet…...rural Florida, where the past meets the present. Unpretentious and friendly, Carrabelle exemplifies small town nostalgia. Uncrowded, white-sand beaches are perfect for family vacations, romantic interludes, river and gulf fishing, or just much needed quiet for the soul.

retire in Blue Ridge HighlandsBlue Ridge Highlands, Virginia - The Town of Abingdon has been welcoming visitors for over 200 years. Abingdon is located in Virginia's beautiful Blue Ridge Highlands and encompasses historical sites and attractions, cultural events, outdoor recreation, and world-class art venues. We are home to Barter Theatre, the State Theatre of Virginia, and one of the longest-running professional theatres in the nation.

retire in MemphisMemphis, Tennessee - Memphis is located on the southwest corner of Tennessee within Shelby County, the core county of the Memphis metropolitan statistical area. The Memphis MSA also includes Crittenden County in Arkansas; Benton, DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi; plus Fayette and Tipton counties in Tennessee.

retire in KnoxvilleKnoxville, Tennessee - Full of history and culture, Knoxville’s Appalachian roots are obvious from the music you can hear at one of our historic theaters or the scenery you’ll enjoy floating along the Tennessee River on one of more than five major lake ways in the region. If you prefer dry land, a hike in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just 30 miles from downtown Knoxville.

retire in LaGrange, GA  (West Georgia, Troup County)LaGrange, GA (West Georgia, Troup County), Georgia - LaGrange (Troup County), GA is the hub of economic and recreational activities for West Georgia. We are close to everything and far from ordinary! Located less than an hour from the Atlanta Harsfield-Jackson airport, Auburn, AL and Columbus, GA (home of Ft. Benning), LaGrange is perfectly situated on I-85 and I-185.

retire in Brunswick and Glynn CountyBrunswick and Glynn County, Georgia - We are located on the Coast of Georgia 70 miles below Savannah, Ga. and 55 miles north of Jacksonville, Fla. Brunswick is the only incorporated city in Glynn County with a population of approximately 16,000. In our county are St. Simons Island, population 16,000; Jekyll Island with population of approximately 600; Sea Island with a population of approximately 800.

retire in Macon-Bibb CountyMacon-Bibb County, Georgia - Macon Bibb-County is a centrally located city in the heart of Georgia. We are known for wide streets, many parks, and successful urban revitalization. With a city and county population of around 150,000, the region is populated enough to feel like an urban center, but small enough to have that rural, small town feeling. Because of our location, we are not too far from other parts of Georgia.

retire in SummersvilleSummersville, West Virginia - Rural and quaint community centrally located in WV and the home of the states' largest lake. Our area offers beautiful landscaping, relaxation, adventure and opportunities to enjoy history. There are lodging options to fit any budget, including hotels, camping and cabins. Restaurants include fast food to fine dining and a coffee shop.

retire in DahlonegaDahlonega, Georgia - Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this area is known for its expansive mountain vistas, roaring waterfalls and gurgling streams, postcard-worthy wineries and friendly residents. This peaceful country haven seems like a million miles from the hustle and bustle of city life.

retire in Floyd CountyFloyd County, Georgia - Floyd County has one of the most diverse ecosystems in the nation. We are also the premiere location for healthcare with a massive list of available care providers. Our schools are excellent and we have a strong sense of community. Not to mention our commitment to the arts and volunteering, we have something for everyone and anyone.

retire in MonroeMonroe, Georgia - There are few cities that offer as much small town beauty, entertainment, and diversity as Monroe, Georgia. Nestled in the Alcovy River basin between the urban sprawl of Atlanta and classic Athens, Monroe offers the best of both worlds. Our rich history draws visitors to Monroe; our small town atmosphere, engaging cultural life, and high tech capabilities entice them to stay.

retire in Western Kentucky - Lake BarkleyWestern Kentucky - Lake Barkley, Kentucky - Western Kentucky's reputation for superb fishing draws hundreds of thousands of fishermen to the area each year. With two major lakes, 4 huge rivers, and plentiful smaller fishing venues, Western Kentucky is a fisherman's paradise. Lake Barkley is 118 miles on the Cumberland River. There are 1,004 miles of shoreline at normal summer pool (elev.

retire in DuluthDuluth, Georgia - Duluth, Georgia is in Gwinnett County and is considered Metro Atlanta. Inside the city limits, you will find a beautiful downtown center, which has great walkability.

retire in High Point, Piedmont Triad AreaHigh Point, Piedmont Triad Area, North Carolina - The local businesses, lovely neighborhoods, and beautiful parks and lakes make the perfect recipe to accommodate your lifestyle. As the 37th largest metro area, the cost of living is among the lowest in the nation. Greater High Point is centrally located in the Piedmont, anchored by four major interstate highways.

retire in Bluegrass RegionBluegrass Region, Kentucky - Danville is a small southern town rich in history and charm, located in the heart of the Bluegrass Region of central Kentucky. Though small in size, our community is close-knit and vibrant, with a colorful historic downtown district replete with locally owned shops, restaurants and businesses.

retire in East AlabamaEast Alabama, Alabama - The unique character of the Auburn-Opelika area is the result of a combination of influences from the special atmospheres and energies provided by the diversity of communities in Auburn.

retire in Conyers (Rockdale County)Conyers (Rockdale County), Georgia - We are located 25 miles east of Atlanta, and 45 miles west of Athens. The city of Conyers is the county seat of Rockdale County. Rockdale County is the second smallest county out of 159 counties in Georgia. Conyers-Rockdale has many attractions such as: 1. The Monastery of the Holy Spirit (a Cistercian Trappist Monk Community).

retire in Anderson CountyAnderson County, South Carolina - Anderson County lies just along I-85 in the northwestern portion of upstate South Carolina, equidistant to Atlanta, GA and Charlotte, NC. The area, with one of the lowest costs of living in the United States, is a thriving industrial, commercial and tourist center. With more than 15 universities and colleges within 50 miles of Anderson there are many great higher education options for students.

retire in Wilkes CountyWilkes County, North Carolina - Friendly people, mountain views, rich history, outdoor recreation, and charming downtowns welcome those looking to live or retire in the Yadkin Valley of North Carolina. Located only a short drive to Winston-Salem and Charlotte, the Wilkesboros are accessible with a major highway access leading to the beautiful Blue Ridge Parkway.

retire in Nelson CountyNelson County, Virginia - Located in the geographic center of the state, Nelson County is approximately two hours from Richmond, three hours from Washington, D.C. and four hours from Charlotte, North Carolina. The elevation ranges from about 500 feet above sea level near the James River to more than 4,000 feet in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

retire in ConwayConway, South Carolina - Conway is one of the oldest towns in South Carolina. Originally names Kingston, the town was created in 1732. It was laid out on a riverbluff in the center of Horry County. Conway is only a few miles from the shores of the Atlantic ocean and its Grand Strand. Conway offers a unique alternative to the beach lifestyle with its rich heritage and more relaxed pace.

retire in Hardin CountyHardin County, Tennessee - Located on the Tennessee River where Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi meet, sits the outdoor paradise of Hardin County, TN. A place removed from the bustle of city-life but blessed with plenty to see and do. The Tennessee River winds its way south to north through the middle of the county, creating a boat lover’s, fishermen’s paradise.

retire in Greater New Orleans RegionGreater New Orleans Region, Louisiana - Each of the 10 parishes (counties) within the Greater New Orleans region include Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington parishes.

retire in Weakley CountyWeakley County, Tennessee - Weakley County offers retirees the advantage and amenities of a college town, beautiful historic homes, southern hospitality, safe neighborhoods with low crime and equally low tax rates. The friendly atmosphere is encompassed with peaceful country surroundings, a natural scenic State Park, walking trails ,local dinning, libraries, seven annual festivals, additional seasonal and cultural events.

retire in Rockingham CountyRockingham County, Virginia - Harrisonburg is an independent city in the Shenandoah Valley region of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,914.[11] Harrisonburg is the county seat of Rockingham County,[12] although the two are separate jurisdictions. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Harrisonburg with Rockingham County for statistical purposes.

retire in Nashville / Music CityNashville / Music City, Tennessee - Nashville is the capital of the U.S. state of Tennessee and the county seat of Davidson County. It is located on the Cumberland River in the north-central part of the state. The city is a center for the health care, music, publishing, banking and transportation industries, and is home to a large number of colleges and universities.

retire in AugustaAugusta, Georgia - Augusta epitomizes the Classic South. Founded as a trading post during the British colonial period, the city showcases Antebellum mansions, hallowed historic sites, and quiet, tree-lined avenues perfect for relaxing strolls. While Augusta celebrates its colorful past, it is equally proud of its exciting present.

retire in Fairfax CountyFairfax County, Virginia - Fairfax County, a thriving business center located just west of Washington, D.C., is a great place to live, work and do business. Fairfax County is a diverse and thriving urban county. As the most populous jurisdiction in both Virginia and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, the county's population exceeds that of eight states and the District of Columbia.

retire in Southeast Volusia CountySoutheast Volusia County, Florida - New Smyrna Beach stretches along 13 miles of white sandy beach. It is a laid- back coastal community for those who visit or call this quaint town their home. It's an ideal blend or outdoor recreation, shops, marinas, restaurants and a thriving arts district free of large crowds and noise.

retire in Central Kentucky Bluegrass RegionCentral Kentucky Bluegrass Region, Kentucky - Mercer County in Central Kentucky is the first settlement west of the Alleghenies and rich in history, culture with an outstanding southern feel. Founded in 1786, Mercer County was named in honor of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Hugh Mercer, a close friends of George Washington. Gen. Mercer died as a result of wounds received at the Battle of Princeton.

retire in Southeastern Mississippi RegionSoutheastern Mississippi Region, Mississippi - From its Oak-lined streets to its lovely, turn of the century homes. Laurel is a charming gracious southern little town, Laurel is charming and gracious southern little town. Laurel is located in the southeast region of Mississippi known as the Pine Belt, The city of Laurel was originally established in 1882.

retire in Bedford CountyBedford County, Virginia - Founded in 1754, Bedford County is rich with human and natural history. Located partially in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the area ranges from 4,200 feet in elevations down to Smith Mountain Lake, which has the largest shoreline in the state exceeding 500 miles. One of the major attractions is the National D-Day Memorial which pays tribute to the fallen soldiers of this great WWII battle.

retire in Wilson, North CarolinaWilson, North Carolina, North Carolina - Wilson, North Carolina has a population base of 80,000 full of southern charm, wonderful attractions, a diverse economy, historic downtown with rich historic efforts and preservation.

retire in NewberryNewberry, South Carolina - We are a diverse community. Several large poultry and cattle farms, along with small and large industrys. We also offer a technical school as well as Newberry College. A wonderfully mild climate coupled with two lakes within a few minutes from our city, enable our citizen many sporting opportunities.

retire in MilledgevilleMilledgeville, Georgia - Bathed in an intoxicating mixture of magnolia and moonlight, her classic beauty is unsurpassed. Find an adventure in Milledgeville. If you want to get down, then get downtown! Locally-sourced restaurants, original live music and organic coffee shops are steps away from fascinating museums, impressive art galleries, trendy fashion boutiques and funky antique stores.

retire in PerryPerry, Georgia - No matter the season, Perry, Georgia located 90 miles south of Atlanta and home to the Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter is year round fun. The City is full of historic homes and picturesque churches. Downtown Perry is filled with southern boutiques and restaurants making the perfect afternoon retreat. Perry is proud of its blooms and blossoms.

retire in Lake Hartwell CountryLake Hartwell Country, South Carolina - Lake Hartwell Country, the three county region surrounding Lake Hartwell in South Carolina, includes the cities and towns of Clemson, Central, Pickens. Liberty, Easley, Anderson, Belton, Honea Path, Seneca, Walhalla, & Westminster. The area is nestled in the foothills of the SC Blue Ridge Mountains and boasts big-water lakes Hartwell, Keowee & Jocassee.

retire in Eastern Pasco CountyEastern Pasco County, Florida - Eastern Pasco County is an authentic small town, located in old south Florida. We live an easy pace but are also within 30 minutes of a city (Tampa) for those who like city life. Just a 30 minute drive is the "Nature Coast" on Florida's Gulf of Mexico. Rural ranches, orange groves, kumquat groves and wide open spaces. Plenty of trails, state parks, hiking, biking and touring.

retire in DurhamDurham, North Carolina - A unique mix of rich history, pioneering achievements, and diverse culture – that's what makes Durham the kind of place that is always engaging. The national accolades it's earned as a place to live, work, and play only prove what anyone who's been here has already experienced – and experience is the key.

retire in City of ForsythCity of Forsyth, Georgia - There is a magical place nestled in the heart of Georgia that is ready to charm you with her diverse history and star-studded past. The City of Forsyth and Monroe County is in the middle of the state and close to Georgia's most trilling attractions -- on the pathway to and from the coastal regions, and rich in beauty and adventure.

retire in Columbia CountyColumbia County, Georgia - Columbia County’s estimated population increased from 124,053 in April 2010 to 131,627 in July 2012, making it the 45th fastest growing U.S. county. Census estimates put Columbia County’s median household income at about $66,500. That’s about 34 percent higher that the statewide median household income.

retire in BirminghamBirmingham, Alabama - Something we hear time and again from first time visitors to Birmingham is that they never realized the beauty of the area. With the foothills of the Appalachians as a dramatic backdrop, the city is laid out on a series of lush rolling hills, with woodland-covered neighborhoods just minutes from downtown.

retire in Martin CountyMartin County, Florida - Martin County, FL enjoys an international reputation for its natural beauty and environmental stewardship. Here you will find miles of white sand beaches, breathtaking outdoor venues, world-class fishing, water sports, and eco-adventure.

retire in Miami LakesMiami Lakes, Florida - Founded by the Graham Companies in the 1960's, The Town of Miami Lakes was developed as a master planned community. Out growing its farm town roots, the Town of Miami Lakes eventually incorporated as its own city, on December 9, 2000. Miami Lakes is located in Southeast Florida, in the Northwest section of Miami Dade County.

retire in Lafayette, Cajun CountryLafayette, Cajun Country, Louisiana - Lafayette, the heart of Louisiana's Cajun Country, lies at the crossroads of I-10 and I-49 only two hours from New Orleans.

retire in Northeast Georgia MountainsNortheast Georgia Mountains, Georgia - Blairsville-Union County, in the heart of North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, is one of the state’s best kept secrets. Only a two- to three-hour drive from cities like Atlanta, Ga., and Greenville, S.C., it is worlds apart – an authentic pre-Civil War mountain community located deep in the heart of the Chattahoochee National Forest and enveloped in North Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains.

retire in Simpsonville AreaSimpsonville Area, South Carolina - Simpsonville is a city in Greenville County, South Carolina. It is part of the Greenville–Mauldin–Easley Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 18,244 at the 2010 census, and estimated at 19,056 in 2012.

retire in Anderson CountyAnderson County, Tennessee - Anderson County is the place to call home if you want to explore the outdoors, discover American heritage and history or just relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery! From the beautiful rural countryside to picturesque mountain settings, from eclectic cosmopolitan cities to small “Mayberry” like living, Anderson County’s diversity is appealing to anyone who visits and is enticed to stay.

retire in Anna Maria IslandAnna Maria Island, Florida - Anna Maria Island is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico just off the coast of Bradenton, Florida. With our laid back culture, and toes in the sand lifestyle, this is a great place to vacation and to live. Anna Maria Island still has an "old Florida" feel, with 7 miles of pristine white sand beaches.

retire in JacksonJackson, Mississippi - Why do they call us the "City with Soul"? Well, for one thing, the people here are just about the friendliest you’ll ever meet. And there are so many fun things to do in Jackson, the largest city in Mississippi. So many family-friendly places to discover in the metro area -- not to mention a hundred events, from heritage festivals to antique shows and symphony concerts to sports classics.

retire in Moore CountyMoore County, North Carolina - While it’s impossible to accurately rank all of Moore County’s incredible assets, its location has to be near the top of the list. Located on the eastern seaboard, halfway between New York and Miami, Moore County sits just south of one the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States—Raleigh-Durham, NC.

retire in Cocke CountyCocke County, Tennessee - Cocke County, Tennessee is one of the three contiguous Tennessee counties of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Four state and national forests (GSMNP, Cherokee National Forest, Appalachian Trail and Martha Sundquist Forest) and three rivers ( Pigeon, Nolichucky and French Broad) offer an abundance of natural activities.

retire in Historic Smithfield/Isle of Wight CountyHistoric Smithfield/Isle of Wight County, Virginia - Smithfield has many of the charms associated with Hampton Roads communities, including 18th & 19th Century architecture, a revitalized historic downtown, and all the character of a former colonial seaport. According to the Virginia Landmarks Register, Smithfield is “perhaps the best preserved of Virginia’s Colonial seaports.

retire in Chester CountyChester County, Tennessee - Chester County, TN is conveniently located in the central, southwest area of the state and is situated about 85 miles northeast of Memphis, 135 miles southwest of Nashville, and is located just 15 miles south of Jackson, TN. Henderson is the County Seat of Chester County and is also the home of Freed-Hardeman University.

retire in Mt. SterlingMt. Sterling, Kentucky - Mt. Sterling downtown is full of beautifully restored buildings, churches, and homes. It's a small rural community with big city amenities and only 29 miles east of Lexington, KY on Interstate 64.

retire in Baton Rouge AreaBaton Rouge Area, Louisiana - Baton Rouge is Louisiana's capital city and home to the state's flagship university, Louisiana State University. The Baton Rouge Area, comprised of nine parishes, is a vibrant community characterized by a citizenry that works hard and plays hard. The area is nationally recognized as a leader in economic development.

retire in Pass ChristianPass Christian, Mississippi - Pass Christian is just minutes away from Beachfront Casinos, Luxurious Hotels, Boutique Shopping, Great Local Restaurants, Multiple Golf Courses, Boating, Fishing, and Beachfront relaxation as far as the eye can see.

retire in Southern Middle Tennessee/ Tennessee ValleySouthern Middle Tennessee/ Tennessee Valley, Tennessee - Quiet with a multitude of natural resources providing outdoor recreation for all ages, especially the young retireee. Enjoy boating and fishing on the Tennessee River in our city of Clifton, hiking, bird-watching, RV-ing, campinig and nature walks along the Natches Trace National Pkwy in our city of Collingwood.

retire in SavannahSavannah, Georgia - Established in 1733, Savannah is chic and sophisticated with plenty of stories to tell. Known for its rich history, natural beauty, eclectic architecture and romantic ambiance, Savannah tells the tale of past generations with an added modern punch of high-style boutiques, galleries and restaurants.

retire in Southeast LouisianaSoutheast Louisiana, Louisiana - Houma, Louisiana is just 55 miles from New Orleans and contains over 2500 sq. miles of mysterious swamps and vast wetlands. Houma offers unique attractions, affordable lodging and delicious dining that’s influenced by our Cajun culture and hospitality. Come experience all the exotic, the mysterious and flavorful excitement that’s found only in Houma Louisiana.

retire in Lake NormanLake Norman, North Carolina - Nestled on the banks of beautiful Lake Norman are the Towns of Cornelius, Davidson and Huntersville. These unique towns present a wide array of leisure amenities for visitors and guests including shopping, golfing, NASCAR, fishing and other water activities.

retire in Piedmont-TriadPiedmont-Triad, North Carolina - The City of Asheboro, named an All-America City by the National Civic League, is conveniently located in the Heart of North Carolina approximately 70 miles from the capital Raleigh, and Charlotte.

retire in McNairy CountyMcNairy County, Tennessee - McNairy County is a rural county that boasts a wide variety of historical, cultural and tourist interests. Unique foods, diverse and traditional music offerings, as well as an established arts community. McNairy County is beautiful, relaxing and peaceful in all seasons. Whether a family is looking to relocate or retire, McNairy County is a wonderful place to call home.

retire in White County GeorgiaWhite County Georgia, Georgia - About White County White County, the 123rd county formed in Georgia, was created in 1857 from a part of the original land lot county of Habersham. In early times, the area of White County formed a transitional boundary between the Cherokee and Creek Native-American nations. The county was named for Newton County Rep. David T.

retire in City of GermantownCity of Germantown, Tennessee - Established in 1841, Germantown is in southeast Shelby County between Memphis and Collierville. Serving a population of just over 40,000. the City of Germantown has one defining goal: Excellence; every day. It is embedded in every dimension of city governance, guiding staff toward optimum performance in its pursuit of social, economic and environmental sustainability.

retire in Harrisburg - Poinsett County - Northeast ArkansasHarrisburg - Poinsett County - Northeast Arkansas, Arkansas - Harrisburg/Poinsett County is located in Northeast Arkansas and Harrisburg is the county seat. The County has a rich history and several local spots are listed on the National Registery of Historic Places. Harrisburg is located in the center of Poinsett County situated on the western slopes of beautiful Crowley's Ridge. We also have some of the best and richest farmland in the state of Arkansas.

retire in Stuart/Martin CountyStuart/Martin County, Florida - Stuart/Martin County has an area of natural beauty with no high-rise buildings and no crowds, and a residential paradise that exudes charm and authenticity. We have taken care to preserve our natural beauty while offering many wonderful recreational activities.

retire in Coastal Georgia - Camden CountyCoastal Georgia - Camden County, Georgia - Camden County is “Georgia’s Coastal Community of Choice”. The county’s prime location along the Atlantic gives its citizens the attraction of a small, quaint coastal town. Camden County is best known for its rich history, natural scenic beauty and Southern hospitality. Work and leisure depend on the sea, the forests and the mild climate, which averages seventy degrees year round.

retire in Pickens CountyPickens County, Georgia - Pickens County offers a unique mix of Economic Development and residential Privacy. We are located between Chattanooga and Atlanta. Just an hour away from the hustle & bustle of the city but still close enough to enjoy the downtown atmosphere from time to time. Food Here in Pickens is something to get excited about. From farm to table restaurant to world renowned Chefs, Pickens has it all.

retire in Winston CountyWinston County, Mississippi - We are centrally located in the rolling hills of Mississippi,just an hour from Jackson the state capital,two hours from Memphis Tennessee,three hours from Mobile,Alabama or New Orleans,Louisiana. We are also thirty minutes from Starkville, Mississippi with SEC sports.Our community boast a healthy and beautiful downtown with unique shops and fine dinning.

retire in Knightdale, Eastern Wake CountyKnightdale, Eastern Wake County, North Carolina - Knightdale is a great place for new beginnings. Our research for a comprehensive branding campaign that included input from hundreds of engaged Knightdale residents. Knightdale has a lot going for it: *We're one of the fastest-growing communities in the Triangle metro region. *Our median age (30.8) is the youngest in Wake County.

retire in Bell Buckle CountyBell Buckle County, Tennessee - We are in the southern portion of Middle Tennessee, 45 minutes from downtown Nashville.We are a rural town located off the beaten path that enjoys rolling hills, winding roads and small town charm. Bell Buckle was once a depot town and the training that still runs through reminds you of days past.

retire in LowcountryLowcountry, South Carolina - The South Carolina LowCountry is one of the largest growth areas in the country. Uniquely located in the coastal region between Charleston, SC and Savannah, SC. This area isn't big city but boasts as one of the top areas for retirement. There are plenty of communities to choose from whether gated, retirement, river lines or on the beach the LowCountry has earned many destination titles.

retire in Emerald CoastEmerald Coast, Florida - Located in Northwest Florida, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Okaloosa Island is one of America’s most favored coastal destinations.

retire in South AtlanticSouth Atlantic, North Carolina - Nestled among Apex, Cary and Fuquay-Varina, all towns experiencing growth from the heavily populated Raleigh and Research Triangle Park areas, Holly Springs is rapidly growing. The Town of less than 1,000 just two decades ago in 1990 has grown to more than 30,000.

retire in Upstate South CarolinaUpstate South Carolina, South Carolina - We are surrounded by mountains, lakes, and rivers. Natural beauty with small town charm. Best of both worlds as we are 45 minutes from Greenville SC, and 90 minutes from Atlanta GA. Clemson University, a top twenty ranked university is in our back yard.

retire in Thomson-McDuffie CountyThomson-McDuffie County, Georgia - Retirees looking for a slower pace of life will find their dream community in McDuffie County; away from the crowds, traffic, and excessive development often associated with life in major cities. Living here is a step back into history and southern hospitality.

retire in Capital City/Lake Murray CountryCapital City/Lake Murray Country, South Carolina - The Capital City/Lake Murray Country Region is a must on your travels through or relocation to South Carolina. Located in the center of the state, this region boasts exciting attractions offering entertaining and unique experiences. Historical sites and recreational facilities including golf and water related activities are all a part of this Jewel of the South.

retire in St. Lucie CountySt. Lucie County, Florida - Since its incorporation in 1905, St. Lucie County has always been an attractive place to live. Located on Florida’s east coast between Orlando and Miami, St. Lucie County features 21 miles of unspoiled beaches and has more than 11,000 acres of parks and preserves. St. Lucie County (pop. 280,000) includes the cities of Fort Piece, Port St. Lucie and Hutchinson Island.

retire in Carroll CountyCarroll County, Georgia - Located an hour from Atlanta, we have the big city life when we want it including entertainment, sports, travel, and more. But right here in Carroll County, it is possible to be born, grow up, go to school, get a PHD, get a good job, raise a family, enjoy many cultural and recreational activities, and never even leave Carroll County. And many people don’t leave.

retire in Cobb CountyCobb County, Georgia - Cobb County, GA is culturally vibrant, refreshingly diverse, easily accessible and effortlessly hospitable, it's everything you love about being close to a world-class city, with the warmth and history of your favorite neighborhood.

retire in Winston-Salem RegionWinston-Salem Region, North Carolina - We are in the foothills of NC. We have a historic area and a city area and a countryside area in our community. We are called the Triad area of North Carolina. We are between the mountains of Asheville (about 3 hours away and the beach which is about 4 hours away from us). We have lots of retirement communities scattered throughout different parts of the Triad area.

retire in BuckhannonBuckhannon, West Virginia - Buckhannon and Upshur County, WV is what small town charm is all about. The Downtown Buckhannon Historic District offers locally owned restaurants, Civil War history, specialty shops, parks & lodging facilities--and everything is within walking distance! You'll love strolling up & down the historic streets of Buckhannon.

retire in Clearwater BeachClearwater Beach, Florida - Clearwater Beach is a beautiful Beach Town located on the Gulf of Mexico. We are small beach community where everything is with in a short walking distance! Clearwater is a top year-round destination, offering an endless supply of entertainment, natural beauty, and outdoor activities both on land and at sea.

retire in Cocoa Beach AreaCocoa Beach Area, Florida - Discover a place where adventures are made, pristine shores are abundant and nature is close at hand. Lose the traffic, the city noise and the crowd, and discover the perfect vacation or new place to call home. Witness nesting sea turtles, beautiful sunrises, and warm, breezy weather.

retire in Meriwether CountyMeriwether County, Georgia - Beautiful, rural countryside with lots of rolling hills and farmland. Seven small communities make up the county, each with its own distinctive characteristics and history.

retire in FayettevilleFayetteville, North Carolina - The population of the Fayetteville area, which includes Fort Bragg and Pope Field, is just over 300,000. Fayetteville, with over 203,000 residents, is Cumberland County's county seat and its largest municipality. Fayetteville is the 6th largest city and the 5th largest metropolitan area in North Carolina. It is among the fastest-growing areas in the state.

retire in Elizabethton/Carter CountyElizabethton/Carter County, Tennessee - As a gateway to the Southern Highlands, Carter County is known for its beautiful natural sites. From the Watauga River, a trophy trout stream, to the peaceful waters of Watauga Lake, along the winding Appalachian Trail to the mile high Rhododendron Gardens on Roan Mountain, there's something for everyone.

retire in Paris & Henry CountyParis & Henry County, Tennessee - When folks who have found Paris and Henry County tell their friends about us, one word come into the conversation - "Charmed." We couldn't agree more. Rich in history and Southern culture, our community is just the right size to know your neighbors yet large enough for retired individuals to maintain an active lifestyle. It's truly a charmed existence.

retire in Tazewell CountyTazewell County, Virginia - Located in the heart of the Appalachians, this Blue Ridge Mountain county is breathtakingly beautiful, with clean air, low light pollution, low cost of living and the friendliest people on earth!

retire in Cordele Crisp CountyCordele Crisp County, Georgia - Cordele-Crisp County offers the best of all worlds. Cordele has all of the "small town" charm you hope to find in a South Georgia community. Comfortable neighborhoods with shade-covered drive, Victorian and Federal style homes, and an active downtown district are only a few of the amenities that make Cordele an ideal place to live.

retire in MadisonMadison, Georgia - A magical southern city just an hour east of Atlanta, Madison is the town Sherman refused to burn on his infamous March to the Sea. Its National Register Historic District is one of the state’s largest collection of 19th century architecture, earning it a place on Budget Travel’s 2012 “16 Most Picturesque Villages in the World” and Travel Holiday’s 2001 “#1 Small Town in America.

retire in NatchitochesNatchitoches, Louisiana - Natchitoches, (Nack-a-tish) the original French colony in Louisiana, is the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase. Established in 1714, Natchitoches (Nack-a-tish) retains its European flavor through its architecture, heritage and lifestyle. Natchitoches is the Bed & Breakfast Capital of Louisiana.

retire in BentonvilleBentonville, Arkansas - Fueled by an amazing entrepreneurial spirit, Northwest Arkansas emerged from modest beginnings to become one of the nation's most dynamic economic regions. A unique confluence of business and education power the area. Industry leaders such as Walmart, Tyson Foods and J.B. Hunt started here, and their presence continues to drive growth here.

retire in Winter HavenWinter Haven, Florida - Winter Haven offers a authentic, hometown, small community feel with the amenities of a larger urban area - arts, culture, music, fine and diverse dining options etc. With over 1,400 lake front properties and 55 lakes, you can enjoy the lakeside lifestyle with all the conveniences for a carefree retirement.

retire in Washington ParishWashington Parish, Louisiana - Washington Parish is one of the most scenic rural parishes in Louisiana. Enjoy rolling hills, piney woods, farms and small towns. Come fish, hunt, canoe, tube and drive the parish’s back roads. Fun, food, festivals and the largest Free Fair are just some of the offerings in Washington Parish’s corner of the state, the toe of the boot.

retire in Yancey CountyYancey County, North Carolina - Beautiful mountain area located in the Black Mountain Range of Western North Carolina

retire in SumterSumter, South Carolina - Located in the midlands about 40 minutes from the State's capitol

retire in IslamoradaIslamorada, Florida - Islamorada is known as the "Sportfishing Capital of the World", and we also host a larger fishing fleet per square mile than anywhere else in the world. This perfect retirement destination offers something to do in, under, above or near the water 24 hours a day.

retire in Northwest Georgia- Whitfield CountyNorthwest Georgia- Whitfield County, Georgia - Northwest Georgia is a beautiful region full of beautiful landscapes. The tourist region is The Historic High Country, with tremendous amounts of fascinating historical areas from The Civil War, railways, and home of the Carpet Capital of the World.

retire in Hilton Head IslandHilton Head Island, South Carolina - Sometimes referred to as simply Hilton Head, is a Lowcountry resort town located on an island of the same name in Beaufort County, South Carolina. It is 20 miles (32 km) northeast of Savannah, Georgia, and 95 miles (153 km) southwest of Charleston. The island gets its name from Captain William Hilton.

retire in Sparta, White County in the Upper Cumberland region of Middle TennesseeSparta, White County in the Upper Cumberland region of Middle Tennessee, Tennessee - Sparta is a great place to retire. Watch our video on "retiring to Sparta" and you'll see why. Quaint, small towns dot the landscape between wide scenic vistas of rural America, with rolling hills and flowing rivers in Sparta, White County, Tennessee.

retire in Corinth and Alcorn CountyCorinth and Alcorn County, Mississippi - Whether raising a family or retiring to the "good life", Corinth is a great place to call home. It is a peaceful city with friendly people and a vigorous economy. Corinth's citizens are proud of their history and heritage, and the community spirit is unlike any other. Step within the doors of any of Corinth's 100 plus community churches, and you will meet smiling faces ready to welcome you.

retire in Islands Of Marathon Florida KeysIslands Of Marathon Florida Keys, Florida - Enjoy spectacular sunsets, world class diving, snorkeling, fishing, four-star destination resorts, beachfront rooms, vacation rental homes, cozy inns, a protected deep-water harbor and convenient marina with all the services and amenities boaters need.

retire in SwainsboroSwainsboro, Georgia - Swainsboro has been known for years as the “Crossroads of the Great South.” This crossroads is more than just the intersection of North/South Main Street and East/West Main Street, it is the crossroads of two of the most historically relevant cross-country routes in America. U.S. Route 80 intersects with U.S.

retire in Southeast KentuckySoutheast Kentucky, Kentucky - Laurel County is located about halfway between Lexington, Kentucky and Knoxville, Tennessee at the junction of Interstate I-75 and the Cumberland Falls Highway and Hal Rogers Parkway (formerly Daniel Boone Parkway). This is a unique and beautiful area with a rich history.

retire in Smith CountySmith County, Tennessee - Smith County is located at the base of the Cumberland Plateau in Middle Tennessee and is geographically blessed with some of the most scenic vistas to be found in Tennessee. A comfortable drive from Nashville, Knoxville, or Chattanooga, the county hosts a panoramic view of the Cumberland River from the historic Cordell Hull Bridge.

retire in NorfolkNorfolk, Virginia - Nor-fok, or Naw-fok, no matter how you pronounce it, the experience will always be the same: fun, vibrant entertainment and culture, delicious cuisine and 144 miles of shoreline waiting to be explored! With the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic ocean and countless rivers in our backyard, you are never far from the water; you can experience intense watersports, leisurely sails, or simply enjoy the view from your hotel room. Take a tour of the Elizabeth River harbor on a majestic tall ship, sip on some of the best wines around at Mermaid Winery, Virginia’s very first urban winery, or watch world-renowned artists blow glass at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio. If history is your thing, sign up for a boat or land tour of the world’s largest Naval Base, stop by the MacArthur Memorial, or walk the Cannonball Trail.

retire in SandhillsSandhills, North Carolina - Very rural area.

retire in Transylvania CountyTransylvania County, North Carolina - Transylvania County is known best for its over 250 waterfalls. People have visited this area for decades seeking out that most beautiful of cascades. Many have stayed after falling in love with the natural beauty of this area. After all, Transylvania County is about 50% protected public land. Brevard is the county seat of Transylvania County and is a vibrant, charming, Main Street town.

retire in Metro AtlantaMetro Atlanta, Georgia - Metro Atlanta is a premier destination for business professionals, families and retirees. The area is home to 5.6 million people and more than 150,000 businesses. Metro Atlanta’s diverse economy, global access, abundant talent, low costs of business and living, and vibrant quality of life are reasons to choose metro Atlanta.

retire in Shenandoah CountyShenandoah County, Virginia - Shenandoah County is home to six historic towns all located like a string of pearls along U.S. Route 11, a scenic Virginia Byway. It offers hospitality, beautiful Mountain views, and the best of Main Street America. You'll find unique shops and diverse dining options in Strasburg, Toms Brook, Woodstock, Edinburg, Mount Jackson and New Market.

retire in Cedar KeyCedar Key, Florida - Cedar Key is a Working Waterfront Community with a year round population of about 700. In the winter, snowbirds cause that number to swell to a couple thousand. This unique village, rich in history, is among the last of its kind in Florida. Many residents work in aquaculture harvesting clams, oyster, stone crabs and other seafood from the nutrient rich waters of Gulf of Mexico.

retire in Tennessee OverhillTennessee Overhill, Tennessee - The Tennessee Overhill, named in honor of the Overhill Cherokee settlements that once sat alongside the rivers that wind through this region. The land here is diverse. The high country offers rugged mountains, shady forest coves and mysterious mountaintop balds. Small towns and farms dot the foothills and river valleys. You won't find high rises here.

retire in Greater CharlottesvilleGreater Charlottesville, Virginia - Greater Charlottesville consistently ranks among the top communities in the nation. Among numerous accolades, Charlottesville was selected by Frommer's "Cities Ranked & Rated" as "The Best Place to Live" in America; "Best Place to Live" -- Money; "Best Place to Relocate" -- Relocate America; "Top Places to Retire" -- Kiplinger; and many more.

retire in WillistonWilliston, Florida - Williston is a small town with old fashioned beliefs. God, country and children come first. We are surrounded by many farms. Peanuts and watermelon are large crops from this area. Horses and cattle farms are also plentiful in the area.

retire in Greene CountyGreene County, Georgia - Located in Greene County, Georgia, halfway between Atlanta and Augusta, Lake Oconee is an oasis of tranquility, rejuvenation and recreation. Lake Oconee’s 19,000 acres boast more fish per square foot than any other lake in Georgia, as well as swimming, boating and a plethora of water activities. For the avid golfer, Greene County is home to over 100 holes of championship golf.

retire in Shreveport-BossierShreveport-Bossier, Louisiana - Working has been rewarding, but retiring will be even better, especially when retiring in Shreveport-Bossier, Louisiana. The sister cities, located in the northwest corner of the state, are a mixture of Louisiana culture with a Texas twist. Shreveport-Bossier is the second most visited destination in the state.

retire in Smoky Mountains RegionSmoky Mountains Region, Tennessee - Pigeon Forge, in East Tennessee, is located six miles from the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park and features beautiful scenery for every season. Our town is made up of a delightful mix of life-long residents, young families attracted by nature’s beauty, and folks who have chosen to spend their retirement years in Pigeon Forge.

retire in Historic HeartlandHistoric Heartland, Georgia - Eatonton-Putnam County is nestled in the heart of Georgia's Lake Country between both lakes Oconee and Sinclair offering recreational activities for the whole family. www.visiteatonton.

retire in McDowell CountyMcDowell County, North Carolina - AREA: County - 442 sq. mi. Approx. 75% of land is forested, 67,000 acres of which is Pisgah National Forest lands. Lake James, the first lake on the Catawba River, was built in 1920’s and includes 150 miles of shoreline.

retire in Tarboro, Edgecombe CountyTarboro, Edgecombe County, North Carolina - Beautifully historic region. Agriculture abounds with fields of cotton, sage and sweet potatoes. the Tar River runs through the entirety of Edgecombe County. Tarboro is the county seat recognized for it's 45-block historic district and Colonial Town Common (as Boston).

retire in BristolBristol, Tennessee - Bristol is filled with things to do including NASCAR racetrack, music, outdoor recreation, restaurants, shopping... more.

retire in New River ValleyNew River Valley, Virginia - Bordered on three sides by the New River, and neatly tucked into the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Radford features an achingly picturesque setting for a diverse and charming array of activities.

retire in Ascension ParishAscension Parish, Louisiana - Lying on both banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Ascension Parish is your stopping place between Baton Rouge and New Orleans. We offer a gumbo of all the cultures unique to South Louisiana French, Acadian, Italian, Spanish, German, African-American, English, and more.

retire in Lake Chatuge-Clay CountyLake Chatuge-Clay County, North Carolina - 132 miles of lake shoreline, hiking trails, bicycle trails. Also mountain trails for hiking, camping and horse-back riding. Trout and Bass fishing in our lake and Hiawassee river and various other streams. Camping along the lake side. Cabins to rent and 2 motels and large retreat to stay in. Home of the famous "NC Punkin Chunkin" event every 3rd weekend in October.

retire in Smith Mountain LakeSmith Mountain Lake, Virginia - Located in central Virginia along the Blue Ridge Mountains, Smith Mountain Lake is considered to be the Jewel of the Blue Ridge. It is equidistant from Roanoke and Lynchburg. Only a 4-hour drive southwest of Washington D.C. and two hours north of Raleigh, NC, at Smith Mountain Lake you'll find wonderful places and people.

retire in ColumbusColumbus, Georgia - Under the radar and over the top, Columbus, GA blends a vibrant artsy energy with unique local history and a killer food scene. It’s also the perfect place to enjoy the outdoors, listen to local bands and taste finely brewed beer. In short, we’ve got world-class experiences without the world-class ego (you can thank us later).

retire in Meigs County-DecaturMeigs County-Decatur, Tennessee - Meigs County-Decatur is located 50 miles from Knoxville and 50 miles from Chattanooga. The main highway is State Highway 58 going North to South and Interstate 75 is accessed by State Highway 30 which runs East to West. Meigs County is a small county population wise having approximately 7,000 residents.

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