#9. Columbus, GA

You may want to pack up and move immediately when you learn about Columbus, the western Georgia city with nearly 200,000 residents that sits along the Chattahoochee River (try saying that five times fast!). Columbus offers both diversity and affordability, with a median home value around $140,000.

If you plan on spending your newfound free time in retirement walking or biking, you’ll love the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, a 15-mile path that offers relaxing views of the river and downtown Columbus. Is golf on your retirement agenda? Columbus has you covered with courses like Bull Creek Golf Course, Callaway Gardens Golf Course and Oxbow Creek Golf Course. The city also has dozens of public parks and a tennis center with 30 clay courts.

You’ll have no trouble meeting people and forming new friendships in Columbus, which hosts regular community events like Uptown’s Friday Night Concert Series in the spring and Market Days every Saturday. Plus, you can keep your brain sharp by visiting informative Columbus sites like the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center, the Coca-Cola Space Science Center at Columbus State University and the National Civil War Naval Museum.

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