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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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April 2, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Kihei, Hawaii

Nestled along beautiful Maalaea Bay on Maui's dry southwestern coast, Kihei is a mellow resort city with a rugged tan sand beach and mountains in the distance. (Virus Cases: 0)

Banner Elk, North Carolina

In the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Banner Elk is a vacation destination with a cute downtown. (Virus Cases: 0)

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April 1, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Goodyear, Arizona

An attractive bedroom community outside of Phoenix, Goodyear is often noted for its "livability" and year-round outdoor recreation. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 1)

Merritt Island, Florida

On the southern end of a peninsula of the same name, Merritt Island is near 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the stunning Canaveral National Seashore. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 1)

March 31, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Blue Hill, Maine

Hugging the rugged outcroppings of the Blue Hill peninsula on Maine's central coast, this charming, weathered waterfront town has a history that reaches back to 1762. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

In Depth Review:

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Outside of Nashville, amiable Murfreesboro exudes a quiet country charm. It is also a shopping hub, full of friendly folks and home to Middle Tennessee State University. It is, in fact, a great retirement spot! (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

March 30, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Louisville, Colorado

On a high grassy plain in north central Colorado, Louisville is an casual, affluent city that boasts sweeping views of the majestic Rocky Mountains. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

Pensacola, Florida

Pensacola, reasonably priced, is a deep water seaport on the Panhandle and is famous for its wide, white sand beaches. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 20)

March 29, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Madison, Wisconsin

Situated along the banks of two large lakes, Madison is a progressive college town with festivals, museums, a ballet, an opera, a fun pedestrian mall and much more. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: "Several," according to local officials. Most new cases are college students; others are from neighboring towns because Madison has three large hospitals).

Bayonet Point, Florida

In an area dotted with primitive wetlands and woodlands, peaceful Bayonet Point sits next to Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, a place where dolphins, gray foxes and tortoises make their home.(Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

March 28, 2020

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Sandy Springs, Georgia

A well-to-do city outside of Atlanta, Sandy Springs sits along the Chattahoochie River and is peppered with leafy, well-manicured neighborhoods and elegant homes. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

Placencia Village, Belize

Laid back Placencia Village sits on the southern tip of a long peninsula and is best known for its 16 miles of powder white beaches and crystal clear blue waters. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

March 27, 2020

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Highlands, North Carolina

A cozy Appalachian Mountain resort getaway, Highlands is within the boundaries of the Nantahala National Forest and brims with charm. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

Green Valley, Arizona

Green Valley is outside of Tucson in southern Arizona and boasts a mature demographic, reasonable living costs and a bounty of recreational opportunities. Is it a great place to retire? (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

March 26, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Abilene, Texas

Once a primary cattle shipping hub in West Central Texas, today Abilene is a quiet, friendly place home to families, military personnel, college students and retirees. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

Tarpon Springs, Florida

Situated along a series of bayous and the Gulf of Mexico, Tarpon Springs has a rich culture and boasts a charming tourist area with an eclectic collection of sponge shops, galleries and eateries. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

March 25, 2020

Town Snapshots:

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. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

Strasburg, Pennsylvania

In scenic Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Strasburg was settled by Huguenots and Mennonites and today is known as "Train Town, USA." (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

March 24, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Lincoln, Nebraska

Set amid gently rolling hills, Lincoln is a pleasant, relaxed place with two major hospitals, a large university and reasonable costs. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 2)

North Redington Beach, Florida

A low key oceanfront town, North Redington Beach is packed with condos, hotels and single family waterfront homes. The mile-long, sugar white beach is the town highlight. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

March 23, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Little River, South Carolina

In the sleepy coastal village of Little River, the oldest town along the Grand Strand, life moves at a gentle pace, and playing in the water is a common activity. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 1)

March 22, 2020

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Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida

This tranquil barrier island community is located on the northeastern Florida coast and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Halifax River on the west. (Number of Covid-19 Cases: 0)

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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.

Where Are All the Plain Old Cheap Towns?

In general, prices have been rising across the U.S. during the past few years. For example, in 2015, the median home sales price was $223,000. In 2019, it was $274,000. The U.S. has its share of cheap towns with relatively inexpensive real estate, but with cheap prices come high crime rates, high poverty rates, low education levels, population loss and failing infrastructure. These are not towns we can recommend for retirement. We also don't review many very expensive towns because many retirees cannot afford them.

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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