Dawsonville, leafy and welcoming, is just 55 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. The North Georgia Mountains loom in the distance.
About two hours north of Atlanta along Highway 23, the little Blue Ridge Mountain town of Dillard makes its home. It started out in the early-1800s and has grown by 65% within the last decade or two.
In the lush Appalachian foothills of northern Georgia, Ellijay is a growing country town known as the "Apple Capital of Georgia."
Just outside of Augusta in eastern Georgia, Evans sits in the middle of golf country and is quiet and safe.
Nestled on the shores of tranquil, man-made Lake Chatuge in pretty northern Georgia, Hiawassee is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and two national forests.
Well planned and well managed, award-winning Peachtree City is outside of Atlanta. It is serene, suburban and comfortable, boasting quiet, safe neighborhoods, plentiful amenities and a rich quality of life. It is a great retirement spot!
Reasonably priced, quiet and safe, Pooler is not far from posh Hilton Head Island, sunny Florida beaches and bustling Atlanta.
Tucked on a barrier island off Georgia's southern coast, seductive St. Simons is known for its canopied lanes, understated elegance, rich history, long beaches and beautiful homes. It captivates nearly everyone, but is it a great place to retire?
Both a barrier island and a beach town, Georgia's Tybee Island, referred to as Savannah Beach by the locals, is an idyllic, casual vacation destination. It is the easternmost point in Georgia, with the historic city of Savannah only 15 to 20 minutes away.
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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