Georgia is rated as being one of the Top Ten Tax Friendly states for Retirees.
Social Security income is exempt from state taxes, and so is as much as $35,000 of most types of retirement income for people ages 62-64. For those 65 and older, the exemption is $65,000 per taxpayer, or $130,000 per couple.
Hartwell/ Hart County has one of the lowest property tax rates in the state. Lake Hartwell is a 56,000 acre lake and has over 962 miles of shoreline to explore.
Proximity: Located 90 minutes north of Atlanta, 42 miles from Athens and 60 minutes south of Greenville, SC. The University of Georgia and Clemson University are located less than 45 minutes away for you to enjoy football games and concerts. The beautiful Northeast Georgia mountains are 45 minutes away allowing you to take many day trips to explore waterfalls, wineries and charming small towns. Outlet mall shopping is only a 40 minute drive away.
Recreation: Active retirees can enjoy fishing, boating, golf, tennis , pickle-ball, theater, live music, art and a thriving shopping scene. The local YMCA is loaded with activities for retirees including a lap pool, indoor walking track, full weight rooms, Zumba ®, yoga, and strength and spinning classes. Hartwell also provides 3 walking trails and a dog park at the Hart County Sports and Recreation Center.
Nature: Hartwell's campgrounds provide many outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, boating and picnicking. You will never be far from nature with our surrounding farmlands and forests rich with picturesque views and hunting preserves.
Gardening: Gardening is one of our passions with 4 garden clubs, a community garden, and an outstanding 6 acre botanical garden. We are located in plant hardiness zone 7.
You can view our many clubs and organizations by clicking this pdf.