25 Best Places to Retire

Athens, GA
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Athens' biggest draws: University of Georgia has great football and free classes for seniors.
Best if you're looking for: College town
Median home price: $142,000
Top state income tax: 6%

Athens is best known for football, but there's plenty more to love. This college town about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta has all the bells and whistles of a big city—great health care, live music, fine cuisine—minus the sprawl and expensive housing.

Retirees wanting to expand their minds can audit classes at the University of Georgia, sans tuition. And for older learners wanting to connect with folks their own age, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute offers a full menu of enrichment classes and special-interest groups, from bicycling to vegetable gardening.

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Source: OnBoard Informatics; NOAA; Zillow; Trulia; National Association of Realtors; Tax Foundation; MONEY research
Notes: Home cost is median sales price except for Bloomington, Aberdeen, Ottawa, Traverse City, Coeur d'Alene, Fredericksburg, and St. George, which had only median list price available. Security income excluded in all states listed except Utah; most states exclude some pension income.
  @Money - Last updated December 17 2012 10:24 AM ET
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