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Relocating Retirees: Picture Yourself Here

Welcome to one of THE MOST beautiful areas in the state  – Cherokee County and Northeast Alabama, home to Weiss Lake, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Cherokee Rock Village, and more. Municipalities include our county seat, Centre, and the towns of Cedar Bluff, Gaylesville, Leesburg, and Sand Rock.

Our natural environment, stunning views, friendly people, and abundant opportunities to enjoy it all are the biggest reasons why many people choose to retire to Cherokee County.

See our Living Here section for an overview of all the aspects that positively impact our excellent quality of life.

Attractive Fast Facts for Retirees and Second-Home Buyers


Low Cost of Living
Lower Cost of Living Than the U.S. Average


Beautiful Seasons
Moderate Climate
37 F January Low
92 F July High
Mild winters & warm summers


Median Home Value
Mountain and brow lots, farm, lakefront, condos, subdivisions & gated communities, 55 & up communities, single-family homes

Cherokee County’s Advantages for Retirement Living

Low Taxes

In Alabama, you will probably pay lower taxes than most other states of the nation. Social Security retirement benefits and public and private pensions are exempt from income tax. We also have low property taxes compared to most other states. For more about taxes, visit the
Cherokee County Revenue Commission and the Alabama Department of Revenue.

Access to Quality Healthcare

Cherokee County is home to a 60-bed hospital, Floyd Cherokee Medical Center, part of the Atrium Health Floyd healthcare system. We also have numerous clinics, general practitioners, specialists, and other providers throughout the county, plus convenient proximity to urban markets should specialty care by referral be necessary. Read more about our health care providers.

Diverse Faith Community

Finding a new church is a big part of the relocation decision for many people, perhaps especially for people of retirement age who have established many years of membership and service to a home church. Centre and Cherokee County are home to more than 125 churches representing most denominations and within a short drive to larger cities with additional options.

Fantastic Fishing

Weiss Lake offers plenty just in its beautiful views, yet it’s also a premier fishing destination for catching crappie, bass, bream, and catfish. Weiss Lake is among 13 lake members of the prestigious Alabama Bass Trail and hosts tournaments, while residents can enjoy the bounty anytime the weather allows! Learn more about fishing on Weiss Lake.

Great Golf

Our location offers easy access to some of North Alabama’s best golf. The Cherokee Country Club’s 18-hole course provides year-round play for golfers. The challenging course will test each player’s shot-making ability with a balanced mix of tight fairways and enough water to create some intimidating tee shots.

So Many Fun Things to Do

Weiss Lake is a big draw, and we have many other attractions that also appeal to those who love activities in nature, such as hunting, birdwatching, and geocaching, plus continuing education opportunities and exploring arts and history.

Learn More About Living Here

Use the links below for an overview and specific information about the various aspects of life in Cherokee County: