Has Georgia made your short list of retirement locations? If not, it should. Kiplinger rated it the #3 Best State to Retire in 2018. It’s understandable, as it has got a lot going for it besides peanuts and Coca-Cola (though both of those are fantastic.) We’ve created a two-part series to share the top 10 things you should know about when retiring to Georgia. Find the first five below and be sure stay tuned for part two where we list the best of the rest.
1- Tax policies that favor retirees
Are you already at retirement age? If so, Georgia won’t tax your Social Security retirement benefits. What’s more, for those 65 and older, Georgia offers a deduction of $65,000 per person on all types of retirement income. Also, the state’s sales tax and property tax rates are both relatively moderate. Many seniors qualify for certain exemptions, like school tax. What’s more, Georgia has no state inheritance or estate tax.
2 – An excellent airport
Atlanta is home to Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, which makes it convenient for both short and long-distance travel. It’s an asset for anyone who likes to fly, as it offers service to over 150 U.S. destinations and more than 75 international destinations in 50 countries. No matter where you want to go, you can easily begin your journey at ATL.
3 – Warm weather
If you love the South but want to avoid the icy, cold winters of Virginia and the blistering, summer heat of Florida, Georgia is an ideal place between the two. We have four distinct seasons with a climate classified as humid subtropical. Summers are usually hot, with afternoon temperatures around 90 F and overnight lows around 70 F. The average high temperature in January is 49 F, which cold enough to feel like winter, yet well above the freezing mark.
4 – Big city benefits
At only 40 miles away from Soleil, our state capital of Atlanta is a popular destination. It offers tons of attractions including Centennial Olympic Park, Georgia Aquarium, Margaret Mitchell House and Museum, Stone Mountain Park, Falcons football, Atlanta United soccer (both at the new Mercedes-Benz Stadium,) Braves baseball, the Fox Theater, The World of Coca-Cola, the Atlanta Symphony, and so much more.
5 – Country solitude
If you’re not a “city mouse” you can enjoy Georgia’s beautiful countryside instead. Here in Canton, we like to call our location “country quiet, city close.” It’s ideal in that you can take in the serenity of nature and still be close to all the entertainment and energy that Atlanta has to offer. Our bustling town has plenty of shopping, dining, and recreational options too — such as Heritage Park, Boling Park, Canton Theatre, Lake Altoona Beach, Kennesaw Mountain Battlefield, and Merchant’s Walk Library, to name a few.
Why not take a trip out to Canton to see it for yourself? You can even arrange to stay in one of our beautiful model homes for a few days. Experiencing the Soleil lifestyle is one of the best ways to see if its the right one for you. Schedule your Sneak-a-Peek today and don’t forget to stay tuned for part two of this blog post series.