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January 24, 2021

In Depth Review:

Swansboro, North Carolina

Homey, laid back Swansboro sits between the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River on the North Carolina mid-coast and has a cute downtown, clean beaches, unspoiled boating areas, reasonable costs and more.

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January 23, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Horseshoe Bay, Texas

A scenic town on the shores of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson in central Texas, Horseshoe Bay is home to the Horseshoe Bay Resort and boasts lovely homes.

January 22, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Estero, Florida

Estero is a mellow waterfront town in southwestern Florida and has abundant wildlife, plenty of recreational opportunities and nearby pretty beaches.

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January 21, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Petoskey, Michigan

Petoskey is an engaging little resort community on the banks of Lake Michigan's sparkling Little Traverse Bay and is bordered by deep forests and rushing rivers.

January 20, 2021

Short Review:

Cadiz, Kentucky

Just east of sprawling Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and Lake Barkley State Resort Park in southwestern Kentucky, Cadiz is a quiet country town nestled in a landscape of wooded hills, farmland and low stone walls.

January 19, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Historic and charming, Flat Rock started out in the early-1800s as a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians and today is known as "Little Charleston of the Mountains."

January 18, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Ocean Springs, Mississippi

The first permanent settlement in French Louisiana, charming Ocean Springs rests on Mississippi's Gulf Coast and has a cute downtown, a lively arts scene and a sugary white beach.

January 17, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Jupiter, Florida

Known for its beautiful beaches and tantalizing blue-green waters, Jupiter boasts swaying palm trees, glistening pastel-colored buildings and an abundance of golf courses.

January 16, 2021

In Depth Review:

Manitou Springs, Colorado

An authentic Victorian mountain town, Manitou Springs has a gentle soul, a funky vibe, interesting homes and a beautiful setting.

January 15, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Riverview, Florida

Situated along the Alafia River on Florida's southwestern coast, comfortable Riverview is close to state parks and not far from world class beaches.

January 14, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Snowflake, Arizona

In the sunny high desert of eastern Arizona, Snowflake has a performing arts center, a symphony, homes with white picket fences and reasonable prices.

January 13, 2021

Short Review:

Navarre, Florida

Across from the white sands of Navarre Beach on the Florida Panhandle, Navarre has a quaint downtown, a marine sanctuary, safe neighborhoods and an easygoing pace.

January 12, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Bluffton, South Carolina

Charming Bluffton overlooks the May River not far from the Atlantic and boasts a cute downtown, tree-lined streets, boat docks and historic homes.

January 11, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Pullman, Washington

Situated on the Palouse, a striking agricultural region in southeastern Washington, Pullman is a peaceful town and home to Washington State University.

January 10, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Jensen Beach, Florida

Peaceful, unassuming Jensen Beach, once the "Pineapple Capital of the World," is today known for its beautiful beach, sea turtles, excellent fishing and quaint, colorful downtown.

January 9, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Hiawassee, Georgia

Nestled on the shores of pretty Lake Chatuge in northern Georgia, Hiawassee is a scenic place surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and two national forests.

January 7, 2021

Short Review:

Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Tucked in a valley and surrounded by mushroom farms, Kennett Square is steeped in history. Its leafy neighborhoods are stocked with prim homes, and the downtown is cute and touristy. The annual Mushroom Festival is a must-attend event.

January 6, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Port St. Joe, Florida

Along the Florida Panhandle coast, Port St. Joe is a quiet, rural deep water port with two traffic lights, a handful of waterfront restaurants, a farmers' market and reasonable prices.

January 5, 2021

Town Snapshot:

Rock Hall, Maryland

An old fashioned fishing village on the Chesapeake Bay, Rock Hall dates from 1701 and has more than a dozen marinas with boats of all shapes and sizes.

January 4, 2021

In Depth Review:

Cody, Wyoming

A peaceful, pretty place, Cody is the eastern gateway to Yellowstone National Park and draws retirees looking for dry air, blue skies and a rich Western heritage.

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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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