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Most Popular Spots in Alabama to Retire

By    |   Saturday, 30 May 2015 11:52 AM

Alabama has become a popular place to retire in the United States thanks to a sunny and warm climate, friendly people and affordability. Nicknamed the "Heart of Dixie," Alabama features mild winters and a long coastline, just like neighboring Florida, but retirees will find prices here are much lower. Here are four of the most popular spots in Alabama to retire:

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  1. Gulf Shores - If you've always dreamed of retiring on the beach, but want to get the best value for money, consider Gulf Shores and the adjoining beach town of Orange over more popular spots in Florida. Here's how MarketWatch compares the retirement experience. "The beach towns of Orange Beach and its neighbor Gulf Shores offer 32 miles of white sugar-sand and emerald-green waters. But, these Alabama beaches are far more affordable than some Florida retiree hotspots just to the south. The cost of living in Gulf Shores is just 11.2 percent higher than average compared to 109 percent higher for Palm Beach and 36.4 percent higher for Boca Raton. Life here is more laid back than in those places, residents say."
  2. Eufaula - On the shores of the Chattahoochee River, Eufuala is a charming, historic small town to retire in. It has some 700 Victorian and Antebellum-style homes, constructed before the Civil War, still standing and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Because of its low cost of living and low crime index, along with its historic legacy, this rural town has become one of Alabama's most popular retirement communities.
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  4. Fairhope - The cooperative community of Fairhope, on the bluffs above Mobile Bay, is the choice for bohemian retirees. Dating back to 1894 when the tenements were created, the land is jointly owned by the residents and annual dues, not property taxes, are paid to live here. Fairhope is filled with galleries and antique shops and is excellent for artsy active adults.
  5. Auburn - Auburn is a college town famous for its sports teams, but it is also becoming increasingly popular with retirees, MarketWatch reports. "Residents don't need to be 19-year-old college students to enjoy life here. The presence of the university means that retirees have access to the school's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute as well as many cultural amenities."
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