Retire in Athens

Logo: Certified Retirement Community

Athens is the perfect place to plan for your retirement.  Why?

When you’re stranded in bumper to bumper traffic, you’ll wish you were here. When you’re writing a big check for property taxes, you’ll wish you were here.

Folks visit Athens for the Old Fiddler’s Reunion, the Texas Gospel Music Hall, the rodeo, and to shop at nearby Canton. They stay for the clean air and quality of life. They leave behind the crowds, the crime, the noise, and the high cost of living.

Live in Athens and do what you love; fish, golf, shop, or ride – year around.  Join the master gardener’s club, bridge club or the country club. Enjoy a sip of local Texas wine, and dinner with live music under the stars. Or try something new; take dance classes or a gourmet cooking class. Buy produce at the local farmer’s market. Go blueberry picking or watch a rodeo. Come see some really big fish – cash and release some small ones. Have a picnic at the arboretum or relax at a local eatery.

Enjoy special savings when you shop with various Athens merchants on the 1st Tuesday of each month. Participating merchants in the Club Tuesday program reward frequent shoppers over age 55 with substantial discounts – some up to 50%!

Following a rigorous application process including a retiree desirability assessment, in 2006 Athens received a stamp of approval by the GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community Program.  This designation ensures each certified community has demonstrated that it can meet the living, employment, volunteer, health, entertainment, education, and safety needs of its citizens and visitors – all the things that make Texas a great place to retire.  Each application is scored and reviewed by an independent advisory committee comprised of volunteers who are experienced in various aspects of community and economic development.  We passed their tests with flying colors. Come for a visit and let us show you why retiring in Athens makes perfect sense for YOU.

For more information about retiring in Athens, Texas, please contact the Department of Tourism at 903-677-0775 or send us an email at

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