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Why Savannah is a Top Retirement Destination

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The charm of Savannah, Georgia is not lost on anyone lucky enough to walk her cobblestone streets. Teeming with historical significance at every turn, America’s first planned city attracts millions of visitors each year who come to experience her unique history and culture, sample her cuisine, or take part in Savannah’s many annual events like the Savannah Film Festival or the famous Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade.

Widely considered a vacation destination due to its historical and cultural significance, Savannah is also one of the best places to retire in the United States for the very same reasons, and more—making Forbes’ list of the 25 Best Places to Retire in 2021.


Downtown Savannah is home to the Savannah Historic District and 22 distinct squares, which date back to the original town plan. Hundreds of 19 and 18th-century buildings line the streets, along with pristine fountains and stunning Live Oaks, providing you with endless hours of exploration and wonder in a place of timeless beauty.

Dating back to 1733, nearly every aspect of Savannah has historical significance. From the First Bryan Baptist Church— the oldest continuous African-American church in the country—to Bonaventure Cemetery, and Fort Pulaski National Monument, there is something “old” to discover every day!


Founded in 2002, as an extension of the Savannah College of Art and Design, the SCAD Museum of Art is a premier contemporary art museum, which showcases more than over 4,500 pieces that range from haute couture to drawings, painting, sculpture, photography, prints, and more.

The SCAD Museum showcases over 20 exhibits per year that feature highly acclaimed artists like Jane Alexander and Fred Wilson. The museum also houses a 250-seat theater, which hosts numerous film screenings, as well as academic lectures and master classes.

Savannah is a history buffs’ paradise with many of our museums being housed in historical buildings like the Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum. Enthusiasts will enjoy perusing the many Historical Homes and Museums within our city, including over 10,000 artifacts on display at the Savannah History Museum, or exploring the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum.


Savannah is home to a full calendar of annual events that put our unique culture on full display. While visitors to Savannah must settle for experiencing one of our annual events, residents of Savannah can enjoy a selection of year-round events for every interest.

No matter the season, you’re guaranteed to find an event just for you; from our Annual Savannah Tour of Homes and Gardens, to the Savannah Film Festival, and the iconic St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah celebration—which is the second largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the country.


Life in Savannah is more than art galleries, museums, and historic squares; those lucky enough to call Savannah home enjoy nearby opportunities for travel through the Savannah / Hilton Head International Airport, or for continuing education at one of the many higher learning institutions like Georgia Tech Savannah or Savannah Technical College.

Outdoor Enthusiasts can head to Skidaway Island State Park to hike, bike, or swim among stunning views of the beautiful marshes and estuaries, or pack up and head out for a relaxing day at one of our many area beaches.

Tax Friendliness

Thanks to some of the most retiree-friendly tax legislation in the country, the state of Georgia is also very attractive from a fiscal standpoint, making it a tax-friendly state according to Kiplinger. Social Security, as well as retirement income up to $35,000, is tax-exempt for individuals ages 62-64, while a $65,000 exemption is available to those 65 and older.

According to, Georgia also boasts one of the lowest sales taxes in the United States with a 4% state levy and an average combined rate (state and local) of 7.33%.

Seniors throughout the state of Georgia enjoy a deduction or in some cases, an exemption on property taxes depending on age, income, and property value. You can find more information here on the tax benefits of retiring in Georgia.

Why Retire Savannah

Savannah’s combination of historical significance with an expansive cultural scene and close proximity to opportunities for travel, outdoor exploration, and continuing education make Savannah an increasingly attractive destination for those looking toward retirement.

Combine the attractiveness of Savannah with the tax incentives available through the state of Georgia, and the only question you should be, “why not retire in Savannah?”

The AARP suggests that you should have at least $1 Million saved for retirement, and according to the personal finance website, GoBankingRates, your retirement savings will go farther in Georgia than 44 other states within the United States.

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A retiree in the state of Georgia can expect savings of $1 Million to last over 24 years, placing Georgia near the top states nationwide where your retirement savings will last the longest.

We encourage you to plan a Discovery Visit to The Landings, explore our community and discover how living at The Landings can put you within driving distance of the best that Savannah has to offer.

Come for Savannah, but stay for The Landings.

*All information within is accurate of December 2021*