Independent Living in Georgia

Georgia is nicknamed the “Peach State” because the warm, sunny climate is an ideal place to grow its namesake fruit. The combination of pleasant weather and southern hospitality make Georgia an excellent place for you or your loved one to retire.

Currently, A Place for Mom partners with more than 200 senior living communities in Georgia that offer independent living. The median monthly cost of independent living in Georgia is about $2,600.

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Georgia Independent Living Regulations

Each state regulates senior living communities differently. Because independent living is often provided by assisted living communities, states may regulate independent living within their guidelines for assisted living. You can use APFM’s guide to assisted living regulations to learn more about access to facility records in Georgia.

In Georgia, independent living communities — also known simply as retirement communities — are geared towards seniors who are able to live on their own, without daily assistance, and prefer to live among people their age. This usually means residents are self-sufficient and do not require hands-on care. Think of independent living communities as age-restricted (typically 55+) complexes, which provide organized activities, meal services, and transportation.

Cost of Living

Overall, the cost of living in Georgia is considered to be more affordable than the national average. The cost ratings are well below average in every category and the housing cost in particular is one of the lowest in the country. All index scores are based on a scale with the national average set at 100.

Price Indexes

  • Cost of Living: 91
  • Groceries: 97
  • Housing: 74
  • Utilities: 92
  • Transportation: 98

Demographics

Nearly one-fifth of Georgia’s population are seniors. In the 2016 presidential election, Georgia leaned conservative. However, many of its counties with larger cities, like the Atlanta area, tend to be more progressive.

2016 Presidential Election

  • 46% voted Democratic
  • 51% voted Republican
  • 4% voted third party

Population

  • Median age: 37
  • Over the age of 55: 26%
  • 2018 population: 10,519,475
  • 2020 population: 10,735,589
  • Estimated 2025 population: 11,295,498

Miscellaneous

  • 42% regularly attend a religious service
  • 26% consider themselves atheist, agnostic, or a non-believer
  • The state has a total of 12,292 congregations
  • There are 622 Masonic lodges in the state

Climate and Weather

Georgia’s climate is classified as humid subtropical, which means the state has hot and muggy summers and short, mild winters. The average humidity level is 70%, and humidity levels are often highest during August at about 75%. The state receives some of the most rainfall in the entire United States. The mountainous regions in the northeast receive upwards of 80” of rain per year, and the city of Atltanta receives on average 50” of rain.

Humidity and Precipitation

  • Average humidity level: 71%
  • Average monthly precipitation: 4”
  • Average maximum monthly precipitation: 8” (August)

Air Quality

  • Average air quality index rating: 38 (Good)
  • Peak air quality rating: 44 in March (Good)

Seasonal Temperatures

  • Average temperature: 63°F
  • Average summer temperature: 79°F
  • Typical summer high: 95°F (July)
  • Typical summer low: 57°F (June)
  • Average winter temperature: 47°F
  • Typical winter high: 70°F (February)
  • Typical winter low: 24°F (January)

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