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Two of Alabama’s popular retirement communities include Eufaula and Fairhope. Seniors who wish to live close to the Gulf of Mexico will find assisted living centers in and around Mobile. Fairhope, on the eastern shore of Mobile Bay offers a popular seaport. With Mobile just a short drive of 20 miles away, it is a popular retirement spot. It offers a full view of the bay and is known for the moss covered live oak trees in the surrounding locations.
Eufaula offers a smaller town community southeast of Montgomery on the eastern boundary of Alabama. The town offers a waterfront to the western shore of Walter F. George Reservoir also. This section has Civil War era mansions and a fertile farm and timber region. The agriculture crops include cotton, peanuts, timber, and cattle. It also has gained a reputation as a popular fishing area for Lake Eufaula with the annual Bass Anglers Sportsman’s Society Trail.
Alabama has over 630,000 seniors age 65 or more. There are locations for seniors assisted living or nursing homes across Alabama. Assisted living rates average $33,800, while nursing homes cost average $59,000 or more. Both facilities cost will depend on location and degree of care needed. Controls for senior assisted housing services and licensing come under the Alabama Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Provider Standards.
The climate for this area brings hot summers with mild winters with plentiful moisture throughout the year. The general mild climate has influenced seniors looking for assisted living and retirement in this region. The larger cities do offer entertaining attractions with Birmingham as the largest. Montgomery also a large city and the state capitol, located in the central portion of the state.
The state's current income tax comes to 8.6% while sales taxes come to 4%. Costs of living run low to moderate depending on the location, with the highest along the coastal vacation areas to the South. Elderly retirees do enjoy the mild climate and added attractions of southern living across the state. With numerous parks and recreation locations to choose from for visiting and enjoyment, seniors will always have something to do.