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May 11, 2021

In Depth Review:

Russellville, Arkansas

Swaddled by lush rolling hills in west central Arkansas, Russellville sits along the Arkansas River between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains. It is an unpretentious, amiable place with safe neighborhoods and outstanding outdoor recreation.

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May 9, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Holden Beach, North Carolina

Idyllic Holden Beach is tucked on an island on the southern North Carolina coast and is known for its oceanfront beaches and dramatic bridge that rises over the Intracoastal Waterway.

May 7, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Groveland, Florida

A mellow lakeside town, Groveland has a country quality and is peppered with weeping willows and palm trees.

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May 6, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Louisville, Colorado

On a high grassy plain in north central Colorado, Louisville is an casual, affluent city that boasts a cute downtown and sweeping views of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

May 5, 2021

Short Review:

Colonial Beach, Virginia

Colonial Beach is a safe but slightly faded waterfront town with reasonable living costs and Virginia's second longest beachfront.

May 4, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Socastee, South Carolina

Just west of entertainment-hub Myrtle Beach, Socastee is reasonably priced with neatly laid out neighborhoods and classic beaches just down the road.

May 2, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Cocoa Beach, Florida

Touristy Cocoa Beach sits on a barrier island on Florida's "Space Coast" and has six miles of beautiful, sugar white beaches, a long fishing pier, surfing festivals, art festivals and more.

May 1, 2021

In Depth Review:

New Braunfels, Texas

Not far from San Antonio in south central Texas, New Braunfels beckons with its lush riverfront locale, welcoming spirit and unique heritage.

April 30, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Rockaway Beach, Oregon

A peaceful, casual place with mountains on its east side and seven miles of often empty beach on its west side, Rockaway Beach is a world unto itself.

April 28, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Palm Harbor, Florida

Bounded by the Gulf Coast and Lake Tarpon, Palm Harbor is home to the world class Innisbrook Golf and Resort Club and has a cute downtown.

April 27, 2021

Short Review:

Flagstaff, Arizona

Surrounded by forests, mountains and deserts, friendly Flagstaff boasts Old West character, a fun downtown and a touristy vibe.

April 25, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Clearwater, Florida

Popular with tourists and "snowbirds," beautiful Clearwater spans the Pinellas Peninsula on Florida's mid-Gulf Coast and is famous for its breathtaking beaches and turquoise waters.

April 24, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the scenic rolling hills of eastern Tennessee, lively Gatlinburg is a tourist magnet with a never-ending list of fun things to do.

April 22, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Deerfield Beach, Florida

Named for the deer that once grazed nearby, Deerfield Beach has a long white beach, a busy downtown, a boardwalk and reasonable costs.

April 21, 2021

In Depth Review:

Sequim, Washington

Tucked amid lavender farms, strawberry farms and raspberry farms on the scenic Olympic Peninsula in western Washington, cozy Sequim is quiet and relaxed. The downtown is cute; the scenery is beautiful, and outdoor recreation abounds.

April 20, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Galveston, Texas

Spread across two barrier islands on Texas' eastern Gulf Coast, Galveston is a quirky, friendly and slightly worn town with miles of beaches and plenty of things to do.

April 19, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Banner Elk, North Carolina

In the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Banner Elk is a vacation destination with a cute downtown.

April 18, 2021

Short Review:

Naples, Florida

On Florida's southwestern coast, beautiful Naples is known for its "beachy" resort ambiance, high-end shopping venues, golf courses and sugar white beaches.

April 17, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Arcata, California

On the edge of beautiful Arcata Bay in rugged northern California, Arcata is a very laid back, "granola" kind of place and home to Humboldt State University.

April 16, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Blue Hill, Maine

On Maine's scenic central coast, charming, weathered Blue Hill dates from 1762 and is a hub for artists, craftsmen and chamber musicians.

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Where Are All the Inexpensive U.S. Beach Towns That Don't Have Hurricanes?

Not all U.S. beach towns experience hurricanes or tropical storms, but inexpensive U.S. beach towns are hard to find. Some are somewhat reasonably priced with prices below the national average, but few are cheap - most have costs above the national average. So a cheap beach town with no hurricanes exists primarily in the imagination.

Choosing a Great Place 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, education levels, shopping venues, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, housing options, the poverty rate and more. We weigh all of the evidence to decide if a town has enough going for it to make it a top place to retire. We are not affiliated with any of the places that we review.

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? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold during a specific timeframe and then dividing that amount by the number of homes sold. On the other hand, 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.

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