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Forbes names Fayetteville as one of Top 10 retirement cities

Fayetteville has earned a distinction awarded to few communities across America. The city has been named one of the Top 10 Suburbs for Retirement by

The website in its description of Fayetteville said, “Homes in this 15,000-person suburb 22 miles south of Atlanta average about $200,000, reflecting the lower-than-average cost of living. There’s a local hospital. Mass transit to Atlanta, however, is limited, although the Atlanta Airport is just 10 miles away.”

Fayetteville Mayor Ken Steele noted the city’s changing demographics that lends itself to an increasing senior population.

“I think it’s a reflection of what we have to offer the growing senior demographic in Fayetteville and Fayette County,” Steele said. “And I certainly think it’s a very nice recognition for our city.”

Fayette Main Street Director Brian Wismer in noting the city’s selection said it melded with statistical projections that have been generated some time now.

“It’s good to get that recognition,” Wismer said, adding that projections by the Atlanta Regional Commission continue to forecast a 450 percent increase in the aging population across Fayette County by 2040.

The Forbes website in its preview of the top retirement cities said some retirees who have spent decades living in suburbs choose to spend their retirement years in suburban locations in other parts of the country.



BHH's picture

But I'll bet the majority of cities on the list have no mass transit and that most retirees try to avoid places with mass transit in favor of smaller local privately operated systems.

I can't imagine why the majority of elderly retirees would even give a damn about mass transit.


RKS's picture

When you are old and can't drive anymore, transit would be very nice.

Robert W. Morgan's picture

Homeless people ride the buses. I'd rather stay home or call Fayette Senior Services. They'll take you anywhere in the county - even the pool room.

Live free or die!

Braveswin's picture

Dude, you should leave the house more.

When you get old and can't drive, are you able to lug groceries home on a bus? How would you get to the bus stop?

Did Forbes also recommend what kind of firearm seniors should buy to protect themselves from the roaming thugs,bandits and theives from the adjacent county??

Woody's picture

Fayetteville is a retirement community because the young people graduate and leave. There should be job creation and other incentives to encourage them to stay or return. Otherwise, as the retirees continue to dorp off, we'll ask:

Where have all the graveyards gone?
Covered with flowers every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

Why would young people with college degrees want to stay in Fayette County?

There is a big world out there and there are many more exciting places for young people to live and work than in Fayette County. Young people can get a good education here and then move on. You cannot spend your whole life just going to church and shopping at Walmart and Target which too often what life is like in Fayette County.


We may have problems but the schools still are much better than our neighboring counties..problem is those of us without kids don't feel like moving..I actually know lots of folks in the county who homeschool too...We moved here because Clayton County became a cesspool and the schools were subpar..I can move to Senoia but why??for a slightly smaller tax bill??? and fewer amenities...

Robert W. Morgan's picture

As I may have mentioned before, please grow some jobs PTC and Fayette County or else we will be the highest taxed retirement community in the country.

When will we ever learn? Carole King, I think. Are you freakin kidding me? Never. We will never learn. The evidence is overwhelming.

Live free or die!

written and sung by Pete Seeger long time ago--Kingston Trio did it and Peter, Paul and Mary did it as one of their war protests songs I think. I believe just about everyone has done a version of it-- even Trini Lopez--Dolly Parton sang it on her tv show also. I think it was originally taken from a German war song--may be mistaken--memory is kinda fading you know. LOL, Always thought it was a pretty tune.

deaconblue's picture

Retire here in Fayette county, are they kidding with all these taxes. Tax your car, tax your airplane, tax your trailer, tax your boat, max tax your house, tax your dog, splost and more splost, and yes of course the new upcoming transportation tax. Kids out of school I'm outta here, see ya.


elderly are looking for a convenient location to get robbed. Then, of course, the Pavilion is perfect! Two convenient escape routes to both Clayton and Fulton Counties; scores of roaming thieving youth to snatch and run with your purse or gold chain, with an empty police precinct to run to for assistance. Can't put much past those Forbes editors.

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