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Retire in Woodstock, Georgia?
Overview: Just 30 miles north of Atlanta, suburban, well-manicured Woodstock grew up as a railroad town. In just the last decade, it has grown by nearly 35%.
This is a wholesome, family-oriented town. Named subdivisions boast lovely new homes, and the Cottages of Woodstock is one such neighborhood just for people age 55+ or better. Downtown Woodstock is pleasant with shops, eateries and events that include summer concerts, a Scarecrow Parade and a scavenger hunt. A farmers' market is held every Saturday. The local bookstore sponsors readings and signings, and Woodstock's Elm Street Cultural Arts Village is the home of an improv troupe, a theater and visual arts classes. Woodstock's core streets link to the town's developing Greenprints Trailways, which are meant to connect joggers, walkers, and paddlers to the natural areas surrounding the city.
Old Rope Mill Park, built on the banks of Little River, has a fishing platform, and Dobs Road Park has a walking trail and community garden. The nearby Dixie Speedway holds stock car races from May through October. Lake Allatoona is northwest of town and permits swimming and boating.
Population: 30,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 28%
Cost of Living: 9% above the national average
Median Home Price: $260,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Marietta, nine miles away, has a hospital that accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Marietta, nine miles away, has a hospital that is accredited.
Public Transit: Xpress Georgia (GRTA) has a bus into Atlanta.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very, very conservative
Is Georgia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Long-time locals complain about traffic congestion and too many new people moving to town.
Notes: Baptist churches are particularly plentiful. Some people say that Woodstock is a pretentious. Others disagree.
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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