Buford, GA 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

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Overview

Buford is a quaint city located in Northern Georgia. The city offers a bustling mall, a local art center, and serene natural areas for residents to enjoy. In addition, Buford is less than an hour away from Atlanta, providing residents with easy access to entertainment options and travel.

Climate & Geography

Buford is located on hilly land northeast of Atlanta and south of Lake Lanier. Suwanee Creek and Ivy Creek run through the city.

Buford has a humid subtropical climate with hot summers and cool winters. Residents experience higher-than-average rainfall, little snowfall, and a high number of sunny days.

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment

Buford features a diverse selection of recreation and entertainment options for its residents. Nature lovers can visit the Buford Dam Park, which offers views of the water and lush green grass and Mill Creek Nature Center, which features nature trails and bridges that overlook Ivy Creek.

The Mall of Georgia, located within Buford, provides locals with a conveniently located shopping destination. The mall has over 200 stores as well as dining and entertainment options. For art, residents can visit the local Tannery Row Artist Colony. This artistic hub hosts seasonal events and allows visitors to purchase locally-produced artwork.

Besides that, residents that want to experience more extensive shopping and entertainment options can visit Atlanta, located less than an hour away from Buford.

Cost of Living & Taxes

The overall cost of living in Buford is higher than the state and national averages. This is mainly due to the higher cost of housing in Buford as grocery, health care, utility, and transportation costs are all below the state and national average.

Georgia does not tax Social Security, and property taxes in the state are generally lower than average. The combined sales tax in Buford is lower than average at 6 percent. 

Health Care

The Atlanta metro area ranks in the top 60 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.

There are no hospitals in Buford, but there are several nearby that are rated high performing by U.S. News. Northside Hospital Forsyth, located in Cumming, is ranked the No. 9 hospital in the state and rated high performing in five procedures and conditions. Northeast Georgia Medical Center, located in Braselton, is the No. 4 hospital and is high performing in eight procedures and conditions. Northside Hospital Gwinnett, located in Lawrenceville, is ranked No. 8 and rated high performing in six procedures and conditions.