Relocation and Retirement

Athens consistently ranks as among the nation's best places to live, making it a top spot for relocation and retirement. New residents are drawn to Athens by its moderate climate; convenience to Atlanta; median housing cost; top hospitals and medical care; plus the culture, opportunity, and excitement a college town provides.

National media attention for Athens as a Best Place to Live and to Retire includes:

  • Livability Top 100 2020"9 Best Places to Live in Georgia, According to Local Realtors" (Athens ranks #3), Travel + Leisure, October 24, 2023
  • "5 Places to Retire that are Just Like Florida but Way Cheaper" (Athens ranks #1), Yahoo! Finance, October 15, 2023
  • "In Less Than a Decade, You’ll Wish You Bought a Home in These 14 Metros," Microsoft Start, May, 2023
  • "Best Places To Retire In 2023: Pittsburgh And Other Affordable Hot Spots," Forbes, May, 2023
  • "Best Places To Retire In 2022" Forbes, May 2022
  • "Top 100 Best Places to Live," (#32 nationally, #1 in Georgia) Livability, October 2020
  • MORE!

The Athens Area Newcomers Club meets the second Thursday of each month from September through May. Club meetings and numerous activities promote friendships and ties to the community. For more information, please call 706.769.7401.

Athens Georgia Job Listings & Search Databases

Relocation Resources