Top 5 reasons to retire to Cherokee County
There comes a time in each person’s life when dreaming about the next vacation is no longer enough. It’s time to start thinking about that permanent vacation: retirement. And that’s when the questions start.
When can you afford to retire? Where do you want to end up? Who would you like to live near? Will you continue to work or volunteer? What kind of weather would you like?
These are all great questions, and they can be a bit overwhelming. In fact, that may be one of the reasons that just under half of all retired Americans choose to stay in their homes after retirement. But if you’re a part of that other half – looking for someplace where the grass is just a little bit greener – you may want to consider a place that offers all the conveniences of home plus the benefits of retirement life: Cherokee County, Alabama.
Here are the top 5 reasons to consider this northeast Alabama county that sits on the Georgia state line:
1. Your money will go further… and last longer. One of the hardest parts about planning for retirement is knowing how much money you’ll need. Knowing that you’re conserving what money you have through lower taxes and a lower cost of living can be a serious stress-saver. Cherokee County cost of living index is 84.7, making it lower than the average American county. And the county’s slightly above-average grocery cost is more than offset by its dramatically lower home prices (the average cost of a home in Cherokee County is just $113,000).
2. You get all four seasons. While some folks head for North Carolina or Virginia to take advantage of a nice brisk winter to complement the warm, sunny summers, it’s really not necessary to go that far north. Cherokee County sits in the foothills of the Appalachians and has everything from swimming-weather summers to sweet flurries of snow just in time for Christmas!
3. You’ll have easy access to great healthcare. Healthcare may not be an issue now, but it’s certainly something to think about in the long term. Located within a couple hours’ drive of three major cities, Cherokee County provides easy access to top quality healthcare in Atlanta, Birmingham, and Chattanooga. And with so many hospitals and medical centers nearby, you’ll find specialists in almost every field close at hand.
4. There’s plenty to keep you busy. There is absolutely nothing wrong with spending your retirement in a rocking chair on the front porch. But if you start to get a little twitchy for something to do, you’ll find plenty of activity nearby. Both the Little River Canyon National Preserve and Talladega National Forest are partly within Cherokee County’s borders, so there are endless trails to hike, bike, or even just stroll. You’ll also find a wealth of historic sites, including the Cornwall Furnace and the historical museum. Weiss Lake and local rivers offer plenty of opportunity for boating and fishing. And if you get a hankering for the hustle and bustle of city life, you won’t be too far away (remember, Birmingham, Huntsville, Atlanta, and Chattanooga are all nearby. And it’s not too much further to Nashville and Knoxville).
5. Don’t forget the small-town charm. Small towns everywhere have a well-deserved reputation for friendliness and charm. But a small town in the South? There’s no way to top that. Cherokee County is home to plenty of cities, towns, unincorporated communities, and even a ghost town. With friendly folks and gorgeous scenery everywhere you go, you’re sure to feel like a local in no time!
Perhaps the best part of retiring to Cherokee County is that you can get away from it all without really going too far afield. Still not convinced? Book a weekend –or even a week – to check out the breathtaking scenery and friendly Southern charm. You won’t want to leave!