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Retire in Evans, Georgia?
Overview: Although unincorporated, attractive Evans is quickly becoming the de facto seat of Columbia County. It is a fast growing suburb of Augusta (population 200,000) in eastern Georgia, and its eastern edge borders the Savannah River, which is also the South Carolina state line.
This is golf country, and three courses have an Evans address. Bartram Trail Golf Club, which follows the Euchee Creek, is a favorite. Another nine courses are in Augusta, including the famed Augusta National Golf Club. The nearby Augusta Canal, built in 1845 to harness the Savannah River, is a designated heritage area with trails to hike and waterways to kayak and fish. The Jabez Sanford Performing Arts Center shares a space with the Columbia County Library and hosts national acts and the Columbia County Orchestra. The Evans Towne Center Park includes the Lady Antebellum Pavilion which hosts concerts and a summer beach blast.
The county maintains several parks within Evans, including Riverside Park, which has a boat ramp, fishing, floating docks and easy access to the Savannah River. Mullins Crossing has Marshalls, Target, Panera Bread, Starbucks and similar stores. Restaurants are mostly national chains. There are several planned, "cookie cutter" communities, and many homes are attractive, new and made from brick.
Population: 33,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 34%
Cost of Living: 3% above the national average
Median Home Price: $250,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 50 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Trinity Hospital of Augusta is eight miles away and accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Trinity Hospital of Augusta is eight miles away and is accredited.
Public Transit: The county provides a van service.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very, very conservative
Is Georgia Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 50% higher than the national average.
Notes: Evans is pleasant, quiet town. It has more than doubled in size during the last couple of decades.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, particularly if one enjoys golf.
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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