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Retire in Pooler, Georgia?
Overview: Pooler started out as a railroad stop on the Central of Georgia Railroad in the 1830s. It is about 12 miles inland from the northern Georgia coast, and it has grown by 34% within the last decade.
Much of this growth has come from people who have discovered that Pooler is a reasonably priced, quiet and safe place to live. An extra benefit is that it is within a few miles of some desirable areas, including Hilton Head Island (30 minutes), Florida's beaches (75 minutes) and bustling Atlanta (three hours). Historic downtown Savannah is only 10 minutes away. Amenities are not overwhelming but include a couple of golf courses, a racetrack, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum and a Tanger Outlet Mall with Ralph Lauren, Ann Taylor and Bed, Bath and Beyond among others.
Older neighborhoods have bungalows and manufactured homes, while newer subdivisions have brick ranch ramblers and raised ranch ramblers. Overall, infrastructure seem to be keeping pace with the city's rapid growth.
Population: 23,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 7% below the national average
Median Home Price: $205,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. The area receives 48 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Savannah has three very good large hospitals, and they accept Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital is Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Savannah has three very good large hospitals, and they are accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
College Educated: 35%
Is Georgia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: The city is racially diverse and generally receives good reviews.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
The Peach State ratified the Constitution on January 2, 1788, becoming the fourth state to enter the Union. By the mid-19th century, Georgia was rich in plantations and deeply dependent on the slave economy. During the Civil War, General Sherman captured Atlanta and set about destroying much of the state's plantation culture.
The largest state east of the Mississippi River, Georgia has five major geographical regions that descend from the Appalachian Mountains in the north down to the Okefenokee Swamp in the southeast. The climate is surprisingly uniform. Most of the state experiences a mild winter and a hot summer.
Although Georgia is the nation's number one producer of peaches, peanuts, and pecans, agriculture is not its major employer. Trade, service industries, textile manufacturing, and federal organizations like the CDC and Fort Benning supply a larger number of jobs.
Georgia was the first state to lower the voting age to 18. Its Wesleyan College was the first chartered college in the world to grant degrees to women.
Population - 10,310,371
Persons 65 years old and over - 13%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 85%
Bachelor's degree or higher, persons age 25+ - 29%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 9%
White persons, not Hispanic - 53%
Median household income - $49,620
Median home value - $148,100
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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