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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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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.  Today, it is a fast growing place, nearly doubling in size during the last 10 years.  

 

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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.   

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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:  26,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better:  28%

Cost of Living:  Meets the national average

Median Home Price: $175,000

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, 9 miles away, has a hospital that accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?   No, but Marietta, 9 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:   None

Notes:   Baptist churches are particularly plentiful.   While living costs are reasonable, the median household income is above the national median.    Some people say that Woodstock is a little snobby. Others disagree.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?    Yes

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