25 Best Places to Retire

Your post-work years are a time to improve your golf game, take up a new hobby, or just enjoy a well-deserved break. In these great college towns, you can expand your intellectual horizons too.

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20. Athens, GA
Athens, GA
Population: 113,824
% over 50: 20%
Median home price: $137,098*
State income tax: 6%**
Where to take classes: University of Georgia

This picturesque city about 70 miles northeast of Atlanta seems to have it all: a strong health-care system, affordable home prices, pedestrian-friendly downtown, and no shortage of things to do, from wine tasting and live music, to golf and garden hopping. You know, all the bells and whistles of a big city -- minus the sprawl.

Athens is also home to the University of Georgia, which offers activities and amenities for people of all ages. And we're not just talking about Bulldog football. When there's space, residents age 62 and older can audit UGA classes for free. Plus, there is a special lifelong-learning program that organizes luncheons, day trips and clubs -- in everything from bicycling to quilting -- for older learners. 

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Last updated October 06 2010: 4:55 PM ET
* As of 2009

** top bracket

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