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Retirement Living In Chambers County - Alabama

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Area Description

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).
Chambers County provides the perfect balance between rural and urban life and its proximity, transportation options, access to outdoor activities and major sporting events makes it a perfect place to live, raise a family, do business or just visit.
Chambers County is currently experiencing a boom in the housing market, and numerous community events take place throughout the year, making it a great place to live. Valley is home to the famous Christmas Merry-Go-Round each winter, LaFayette hosts two Professional Cowboy Association rodeos each spring and fall at the state-of-the-art Chambers County Agricultural Park and the county schools offer some of the best high school sports action in the state.
Outdoor opportunities in Chambers County include the Chattahoochee River, the 27,000-acre West Point Lake, the Chambers County Lake, the Point University Golf Course and the Valley Community Center. Just a short drive away is Auburn University, home to some of the best Southeastern Conference (SEC) sporting events, and the world renowned Robert Trent Jones Championship Golf Course at Grand National. Other nearby attractions include, Penton Raceway, Lake Harding, Calloway Gardens, Talladega Superspeedway, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Chewacla State Park, Lake Martin and Atlanta Braves, Hawks and Falcons professional sports.

Includes Cities/Towns: Five Points, Lafayette, Lanett, Valley.

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Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   The recreational opportunities in and around Chambers County are wide reaching. In addition to plentiful opportunities for exceptional hunting, fishing and golf, the county’s location offers prime access to both major college and professional sporting events.
The Valley Community Center offers a senior center, indoor Olympic-size pool, gymnasium, tennis, softball and baseball fields. Valley is also home to a spectacular rails-to-trails bike path.
Water activities are ever prevalent in Chambers County and surrounding areas, including the Chattahoochee River, the 27,000-acre West Point Lake, the Chambers County Lake, Lake Harding, Calloway Gardens, Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, Chewacla State Park, and Lake Martin.
Chambers County has three approved birding sites along the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail: Alligator Creek Nature Trail and West Point Dam and its surrounding parks, all located on the Alabama side of West Point Lake and Chambers County Lake in LaFayette. Along with the actual birding sites, there are dozens of additional destination-sites in Chambers County to create a perfect birding adventure!

Cultural Activities

Chambers County hosts many cultural activities throughout the year, including concerts, plays and much more at the historic Langdale Auditorium. The Chambers County Library System is very active in the community, offering a wide variety of programs for children, youth and adults throughout the year.
Located in the former Central of Georgia railway depot, the Chambers County Museum contains a rich variety of exhibits reflecting life in the county as it was yesteryear. The museum contains an extensive collection of regional stoneware made in early Alabama history from clays mined in Chambers and Randolph counties. There is also a Joe Louis, who was born in LaFayette, exhibit of scrapbooks, photos, trophies and a pair of the famous boxer’s boxing gloves. Other interesting items include a spinning wheel collection, dress fashions of years ago, a hand woven and dyed pre-Civil Way coverlet and a mock up of a typical general store. The museum also grounds the Tallapoosa Queen river ferry. An annex to the museum is a cotton warehouse which shelters the first fire engine in LaFayette, a horse drawn buggy, a blacksmith shop, primitive carpenter shop and an extensive collection of horse and mule drawn farm equipment.
The Cobb Memorial Archives contains information full of rich history from Chambers County including a genealogy bank, America’s newspapers, paper projects from 1832-1915, the Chattahoochee Historical Society publications, LaFayette Sun abstracts, Chambers County church minutes, etc. It is located inside of Bradshaw Chambers County Library in Valley. In 2017, the City of Lanett began a film festival to promote local filmmakers. For more information go to www.lanettfilmfestival.com.

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Medical Facilities

Chambers County has one hospital located in the City of Valley, EAMC-LANIER. The hospital is a 115-bed facility with 45 active physicians on staff. There is a newly-renovated and modernized emergency room open 24/7, and a 103-bed skilled nursing home is adjacent the hospital. Lanier opened in 1950 and was the first U.S. hospital to be built under the Hill-Burton Hospital Survey and Construction Act. Like East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC), Lanier is accredited by The Joint Commission.
In 2011, Lanier Health Services (now EAMC-LANIER) added a new Urgent Care & Medical Pavilion located at 267 Fob James Drive in Valley, Alabama. Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday from 1:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and Sunday from 1:00 PM to 5 PM (all times Eastern).
Prior to the end of 2013, an agreement was signed between EAMC officials and Lanier Health Services to begin management of George H. Lanier Memorial Hospital (Lanier Health Services) in Valley. This affiliation will extend the reach of EAMC to all of Chambers County and will align EAMC with Lanier Health Services in continuing its long history of service to Chambers County and the Chattahoochee Valley. A combined operating philosophy should benefit the citizens of Chambers County greatly and continue to provide the quality of health care everyone has come to expect across a much broader base.
East Alabama Medical Center located in Opelika is approximately 30 minutes south of the City of Valley while West Georgia Medical Center is approximately 30 minutes north of the City of Valley. Additionally, The Medical Center, Doctors Hospital and St. Francis Hospital in Columbus, GA are approximately 45 minutes from the City of Valley.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Chambers County, Alabama?

For those of you that retire in Chambers County, you will have hotter temperatures than other areas of the USA.

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 40's and highs in the upper 50's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 30's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Chambers County such as a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Chambers County is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the upper 70's and highs in the upper 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the mid 60's. Expect a lot of days above 90°. Humidity may feel uncomfortable. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Chambers County, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the low 60's and highs in the mid 70's. Nights are cool with lows in the low 50's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  31  43  55
 Feb  34  47  59
 Mar  40  54  68
 Apr  47  61  75
 May  56  69  82
 Jun  64  76  88
 Jul  68  79  90
 Aug  67  78  89
 Sep  61  72  84
 Oct  49  62  75
 Nov  40  53  66
 Dec  33  45  57

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  18  0
 Feb  0  12  0
 Mar  0  6  0
 Apr  0  2  0
 May  2  0  0
 Jun  11  0  0
 Jul  16  0  0
 Aug  14  0  0
 Sep  5  0  0
 Oct  0  1  0
 Nov  0  7  0
 Dec  0  16  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  5 "  10  34 %
 Feb  5 "  9  36 %
 Mar  6 "  8  42 %
 Apr  4 "  8  48 %
 May  4 "  8  59 %
 Jun  4 "  9  66 %
 Jul  5 "  10  70 %
 Aug  4 "  8  69 %
 Sep  4 "  7  64 %
 Oct  3 "  6  53 %
 Nov  5 "  8  44 %
 Dec  5 "  9  37 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  0 "  0  0
 Feb  0 "  0  0
 Mar  0 "  0  0
 Apr  0 "  0  0
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Cost of Living for Chambers County, AL

Chambers County, Alabama cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

Chambers County offers a wide variety of housing options, including assisted living facilities, nursing homes, rental units and condos and much more. Beautiful historic southern homes as well as modern houses can be found in this area for very affordable prices and property taxes are some of the lowest in the United States.

Senior Assistance in Chambers County, AL

Chambers County, Alabama offers the following assistance for seniors:

Among the wide range of lifestyle amenities in the Greater Valley Area are several that are geared specifically toward our senior population.
Going for groceries, doctor appointments, library visits or entertainment events – all are easily local … no heavy traffic or long distances. In addition to the mainstream selection of housing and apartments, the Greater Valley Area offers several apartment complexes geared to senior living, as well as assisted living availability.
Our senior centers, libraries and the many organizations needing volunteers – like the Visitors Center at historic West Point Depot, the Chamber of Commerce, the Alabama-Georgia Hospital Auxiliary – enable our older population to showcase their "people skills" acquired through years of work and community service.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Chambers County Offer For Retirees?

Individuals and couples who retire here will find a relaxed pace balanced with an array of stimulating activities, opportunities for volunteering and employment opportunities for those who want to still "keep their hand in" via full- or part-time jobs.

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