You found one of the best places to retire cheap in Alabama when you get to Muscle Shoals along the Tennessee River. Great for music lovers and more.
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MUSCLE SHOALS ALABAMA
Located along the melodic Tennessee River in northwest Alabama, pleasant Muscle Shoals has a long and distinguished history as a music capital.
It is home to FAME Studios where such legends as Aretha Franklin, Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Etta James, Andy Williams and Jimmy Buffet have recorded their music.
Several studios from the past are still active and offer tours, although the music scene has quieted down from its 1960s and 1970s heyday.
The cost of living in Shoals is 8% below the national average and the median price of a home here is $130,000.
Crime meets the national average so it is a safer place to live than many cities and medical care includes a hospital accredited by Joint Commission that accepts Medicare patients.
There is a Wal-Mart, a public library, a public transit system and a great senior center.
Muscle Shoals is one of four towns that make up The Shoals region, and it has been growing. Most neighborhoods are leafy and tidy, and three neighboring lakes that are part of the river provide fishing, boating and swimming.
The Northwest Shoals Community College has classes for all ages. Live music can still be found around town. More amenities are found in neighboring Florence.
Muscle Shoals has hot summers and mild winters. Average summer temperatures are in the 80s and low 90s and it is humid. Winters temperatures here are in the 30’s to the 50’s which are mild by comparison to places in Minnesota and Michigan. The area receives nearly 52 inches of rain per year with little to no snowfall but a high tornado risk, in fact it is 235% above the national average.
Anyone looking for great places to retire cheap should wander on down to Alabama where retirement life is good