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This page lists towns from the last couple of weeks. The most current towns are always at the top, so if you just opened an email that was sent a few days ago or or clicked through from an article or a previous social media post, please scroll down to see the towns referenced in that email or post.

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February 19, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Briny Breezes, Florida

Wedged between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, sleepy Briny Breezes is a mobile home park and an incorporated town with an oceanfront beach.

Yuma, Arizona  

Once a busy ferry stop on the Colorado River, today Yuma is a tourist and "snowbird" destination that comes alive during the winter months.

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Solomons, Maryland  

Picturesque Solomons is a historic waterfront resort with a mature demographic, a lovely boardwalk, the Calvert Maritime Museum and more.

February 17, 2018

Short Review:

Port St. Lucie, Florida

Tucked between the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon, Port St. Lucie is a mellow city with safe neighborhoods, reasonably priced housing and plenty of water recreation. Is it a great place to retire?

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February 15, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Jensen Beach, Florida

Unassuming Jensen Beach, once the "Pineapple Capital of the World," is today known for its peaceful way of life, sea turtles and excellent fishing.

Bandon, Oregon  

Located on the rugged southern Oregon coast, Bandon is a cute town burrowed near the Coquille River, a place where water views invigorate the soul.

Sewanee, Tennessee  

Home to the University of the South, cozy Sewanee sits atop the Cumberland Plateau in pretty south central Tennessee.

Feburary 13, 2018

In Depth Review:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Inviting Chapel Hill boasts a funky, academic vibe, leafy neighborhoods, good medical facilities, a fun foodie culture and more. It is a great retirement spot!

Feburary 12, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Sebastian, Florida

A sleepy town along the Indian River Lagoon, Sebastian is home to the country's first wildlife refuge and most biologically diverse estuary. People live here, too.

Granada, Nicaragua  

Founded on the shores of Lake Nicaragua in 1524, Granada boasts Colonial architecture, a beautiful town square and a bounty of parks, making it a favorite with tourists and expatriates alike.

Nacogdoches, Texas  

Located in leafy East Texas, Nacogdoches is the oldest town in the state and home to Stephen F. Austin State University.

Feburary 10, 2018

Short Review:

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Tucked amid rolling hills and close to two large lakes, Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake, Mountain Home boasts outstanding water recreation, a slower pace and affordable housing. Is it a great place to retire?

Feburary 8, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Alachua, Florida

A quiet, rural town, Alachua has a cute, tree-lined main street and is close to fresh water springs.

Hiawassee, Georgia  

Nestled on the shores of tranquil, man-made Lake Chatuge in pretty northern Georgia, Hiawassee is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and two national forests.

Feburary 6, 2018

In Depth Review:

Missoula, Montana

At the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains in western Montana, Missoula boasts beautiful scenery, a lively cultural scene, good hospitals and abundant outdoor recreation. It is a great retirement spot!

Feburary 5, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Estero, Florida

Originally begun as a religious colony, today Estero boasts abundant wildlife, plenty of recreational opportunities and pretty, nearby beaches.

Sierra Vista, Arizona  

Surrounded by rugged mountains, Sierra Vista is the "Hummingbird Capital of the World" and home to the U.S. Army's Fort Huachuca.

Columbia, Pennsylvania  

Known for its well-preserved Victorian buildings, Columbia is home to the popular National Watch and Clock Museum, one of the few museums in the country devoted to timekeeping science.

Feburary 3, 2018

Short Review:

Flagstaff, Arizona

This welcoming metropolis started out in 1882 and retains much of its Old West character. Surrounded by forest, mountains and desert, it is a touristy, beautiful place and home to Northern Arizona University. Outdoor activities are a way of life, but the city also has a symphony orchestra, theatre groups, dance companies, an opera and more. Is it a great place to retire?

Feburary 1, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Beverly Beach, Florida

A little more than a mile long, Beverly Beach sits on a barrier island between the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean and has a beautiful strip of sand.

Surfside Estates: a Waterfront 55+ Community in Beverly Beach, Florida

With pastel-colored, low maintenance homes, Surfside Estates has a waterfront park, a new clubhouse with a rooftop deck, a heated swimming pool and more.

Salem, Oregon  

This pretty city is in Oregon's lush Willamette Valley, just one hour away from the coast and an hour away from the Cascade Mountains. Residents enjoy wineries, microbreweries, community theaters, a symphony and more.

In Depth Review:

Clemson, South Carolina

Surrounded by rolling countryside brimming with sparkling lakes, Clemson is known for its collegiate vibe, lively football culture and active cultural community. It also has a reasonable cost of living, safe neighborhoods and good senior support system. It is a great retirement spot!

January 29, 2018

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What is the Difference Between Average Home Price and Median Home Price?

When searching for a place to retire, housing costs are a top concern. So what is the difference between the average home price and the median home price in a particular area? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold and dividing that amount by the number of homes sold whereas the median home price is the middle sales price of all the homes sold. In other words, a median price means that half of the homes sold at a price below the median and half sold at a price above the median.

How We Choose Great Places to Retire

When looking for great places to retire, we consider a number of factors, including cost of living, medical facilities, climate, transportation, crime rates, cultural amenities, educational amenities, shopping venues, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, housing options, the poverty rate and more. No one factor alone, except a high crime rate, a high poverty rate, population loss or crumbling infrastructure, will disqualify a town as a great retirement spot. We weigh all of the evidence to decide if a town has enough going for it to make it a top place to retire.

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