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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 a previous article or social media post, please scroll down to see the towns referenced in that email, article or post!

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September 25, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Woodstock, Georgia

Outside of Atlanta and well manicured, Woodstock is fast-growing with a nice downtown, a farmers' market and nearby lake recreation.

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Altamonte Springs is outside of Orlando and boasts reasonably priced living, with the white sands of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and Daytona Beach just an hour away.

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September 24, 2020

Short Review:

Tyler, Texas

A friendly town in Texas' lush Piney Woods, Tyler is known as the "Rose Capital of America" and boasts the largest municipal rose garden in the U.S. It also has a University of Texas campus, a ballet, a symphony orchestra and two lakes.

September 23, 2020

Town Snapshot:

St. Cloud, Florida

A quiet town on the shores of East Lake Tohopekaliga, St. Cloud has nicely tended neighborhoods and a cute downtown with brick streets.

September 22, 2020

Town Snapshots:

San Luis Obispo, California

Posh and prosperous, San Luis Obispo is not far from the coast and known for its beautiful climate, charming town center and lack of fast food drive-thru restaurants.

Beaufort, North Carolina

Once home to pirates, rum runners and sea captains, this waterfront hamlet is now popular with history lovers, romantics, water aficionados and retirees.

September 21, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Wenatchee, Washington

In rugged terrain east of the Cascade Mountain Range, picturesque Wenatchee sits amid rivers, mountains and apple orchards.

In Depth Review:

Athens, Georgia

Outside of Atlanta, leafy Athens is known as the "Classic City" and is home to the University of Georgia and has a lively atmosphere, a fun downtown, strong senior programs, a rich cultural scene and stately architecture.

September 20, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Easton, Maryland

On the eastern banks of the Chesapeake Bay, historic, artsy Easton has a quaint town center and an established feeling.

Melbourne Beach, Florida

Unhurried and glistening, Melbourne Beach sits on a barrier island and is known for its beautiful stretches of white sand beaches.

September 19, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Canyon, Texas

Canyon, the setting for West Texas A&M University, is also the gateway to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, a dramatic canyon system second only in size to the Grand Canyon.

Winchester, Virginia

Surrounded by apple orchards deep in northern Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, Winchester is a quaint place rich in history.

September 18, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Trendy and touristy, Steamboat Springs is tucked in Colorado's rugged northwestern mountains and is a magnet for elite skiers and vacationing families.

San Pedro, Belize

Compact, colorful and tucked into Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye, mellow San Pedro is a tourist destination and is popular with divers and snorkelers.

September 17, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Lighthouse Point, Florida

A casual, pretty town laced with canals, Lighthouse Point has a nautical flea market, plenty of parks and homes that back to water.

September 16, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania

Snuggled around Eagles Mere Lake in the unspoiled mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania, the cute little village of Eagles Mere started as a family resort.

Short Review:

Maryville, Tennessee

In the wooded foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, Maryville boasts affordable living, safe neighborhoods, a beautiful library and outstanding outdoor recreation just down the road.

September 15, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Scottsdale, Arizona

Just east of Phoenix in southern Arizona, cosmopolitan Scottsdale bustles with activity and is known for its richly textured quality of life.

Floral City, Florida

Old fashioned Floral City is a quiet, country place at the edge of the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes and has tall oaks, reasonable prices and a nice reputation.

September 14, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Whitefish, Montana

Once a logging hub, today cozy Whitefish is a touristy year round resort with a spectacular mountain scenery backdrop.

In Depth Review:

Brevard, North Carolina

Tucked in scenic western North Carolina, Brevard beckons with its musical soul, cute downtown, many waterfalls and reasonable cost of living.

September 13, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Tempe, Arizona

Outside of Phoenix in sunny southern Arizona, Tempe is home to the University of Arizona, plenty of golf courses, a popular arts festival and more.

St. James City, Florida

Tucked on the southern half of southwestern Florida's Pine Island, St. James City is rife with wildlife, boasts Old Florida charm and is sometimes called a "drinking town with a fishing problem."

September 11, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Dawsonville, Georgia

Welcoming Dawsonville is outside of Atlanta, not far from the North Georgia mountains, and is the site of the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

Longwood, Florida

Outside of Orlando in northeastern Florida, Longwood is quiet, leafy and suburban.

September 10, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Marble Falls, Texas

On the banks of the Colorado River, comfortable Marble Falls is in the middle of the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes Chain.

Tega Cay, South Carolina

Tega Cay sits on a densely forested peninsula on the eastern edge of 13,400-acre Lake Wylie and was built as a gated community in the 1970s.

September 9, 2020

Short Review:

St. Augustine, Florida

Romantic and full of history, St. Augustine sits on the northeastern Florida coast and is known for its charming downtown, miles of beautiful beaches and scenic waterfront.

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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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