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Leafy Statesboro is Home to Georgia Southen University and Has a Beautiful Arts Center, a Fun Shopping District, a Botanic Gardens, College Athletics and Reasonable Prices
Leafy, leisurely Statesboro is in eastern Georgia, about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta and about an hour from the coast (Savannah and Tybee Island). It started out as a trading hub for cotton plantations in the early-1800s and today is home to Georgia Southern University (GSU), which has about 20,000 students.
The downtown is undergoing a renovation and is home to the beautiful Averitt Center for the Arts and some excellent pubs and restaurants, including the Roundabout Cafe and the Eagle Creek Brewing Company. The Market District is filled with fun shops and boutiques. GSU has a variety of cultural events and organizations, including the Georgia Southern Symphony, the Georgia Southern Planetarium, the Georgia Southern Museum, the Botanic Gardens at Bland Cottage and the Garden of the Coastal Plains. Twenty-five thousand fans pack Paulson Stadium each autumn Saturday afternoon to watch the Georgia Southern Eagles play football. The GSU basketball and baseball teams also have loyal fans.
Neighborhoods are generally low density with a rural quality and have everything from modest ranch ramblers to beautiful custom homes on acreage. Both the North College Street Residential Historic District and the South Main Street Residential Historic District, however, have bungalows, Queen Anne cottages and American foursquare residences from the 1910s and 1920s.
Population: 32,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 29%
Cost of Living: 34% below the national average
Median Home Price: $210,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 70s, 80s and 90s with high humidity. Winter temperatures are usually in the 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 47 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients: Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission: Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Nearly split down the middle
College Educated: 29%
Is Georgia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Statesboro has grown 12% during the last decade and home prices have increased 19% since last year. GSU is not known as a big party school, but it has a Greek system and parties do occur.
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.
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