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Living a Lakeside Lifestyle in Guntersville , Alabama

Guntersville is a sleepy small town of 8,600 along giant Lake Guntersville. This community is in a beautiful setting with a low cost of living and a cute downtown. Surrounded by water on three sides, Guntersville has plenty of historic homes, a senior center and state parks.  It is popular with retirees for many reasons including its 3 golf courses (and many more nearby), great bass fishing in this large lake, and active cultural life. The population grew 16% from 2000 to 2009.

Where to Retire in Guntersville and Home Prices

Guntersville is filled with many lovely historic homes.
According to, the median home value in early 2022 was $218,365.  .

What Is Special about Guntersville

Guntersville has a low cost of living, nice amenities and homes, and strong senior programs.  The city has received several accolades including Best Lake in Alabama (Southern Living) and a Top 10 Fishing Town in America (Field and Stream).

What Is Not Special about Guntersville

The property crime is very high, more than double the national average.

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is about 40 and the average July temperature is 80. Summers are hot and humid here in northeastern Alabama.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Guntersville has numerous wildlife areas, a public library with many lectures, pretty good restaurants, a Senior Center, and a strong parks and recreation department. There is an active arts council with many programs for art festivals and concerts. The Whole Backstage Theatre Group produces 6 productions  per year.


Crime is about double the national average.

Medical Facilities

Marshall Medical Center North is a 90-bed acute care facility.


There is a public bus system. The nearest International airport is in Birmingham, about 70 miles away.

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