Established in 1994 as an education-based organization focused on retiree attraction as an economic development strategy, The American Association of Retirement Communities is a not-for-profit professional association. The AARC is one of the few non-profit, cooperative organizations in the industry that does research on and for retirement communities.

The AARC Seal of Approval program was established to recognize communities and master-planned developments that possess the resources and amenities to attract today’s relocating retiree, evaluating such areas as Quality of Life (healthcare, retiree-appropriate housing, Adult Education, Services, Recreational and Cultural Opportunities, Crime Rate and more) and formal commitment to retiree attraction and programs (governmental and other retiree-focused organizations). Seal of Approval recipients have submitted their community and its programs to scrutiny by the volunteer board of the AARC.

With the goal of providing an unbiased perspective on retirement communities for potential buyers, the AARC Seal of Approval has gained growing prominence in the retiree buying process. We encourage feedback on ways to make the AARC a greater resource in your decision process – send an email to

Dublin-Laurens County, GA

Type: City-Region

Laurens County is centrally located in Middle Georgia halfway between Atlanta and
Savannah on Interstate 16 and less than two hours from the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport and Savannah Shipping Port. Our strategic positioning has helped attract several international companies and domestic companies such as YKK AP America, Inc., Best Buy Distribution Center, Fred’s SE Distribution Center; MAGE SOLAR, Dinex Emission, Inc., and Erdrich Umformtechnik, Inc. Dublin and Laurens County is a spirited community of people who celebrate with not only a “wee bit of Ireland in Georgia” in March, but also throughout the calendar year. Here you will find exceptional recreational facilities, cultural activities, a wide range of civic clubs, and a friendly community with lots of shopping opportunities.
Dublin has one of the highest concentrations of doctors (100+) and allied health services in Georgia, spearheaded by Fairview Park Hospital and the Carl Vinson VA Medical Center. Excellent assisted living and nursing homes are also available for the growing baby-boomer market. These are a few of the amenities that helped Dublin-Laurens County achieve the AARC’s Seal of Approval. The first community in the State of Georgia to obtain this designation. We extend a cordial welcome to you and your family to come and experience the true “Heart of Georgia!”


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