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May 31, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Gulfport, Florida

On the shores of Boca Ciega Bay west of St. Petersburg, Gulfport is known for its Old Florida waterfront district and bohemian vibe.

Short Review:

Asheville, North Carolina

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains in scenic western North Carolina, Asheville is an artsy, funky town with Southern sensibility and an emerging resort-like atmosphere.

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May 29, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Easley, South Carolina

Lush and low key, Easley is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern South Carolina and boasts a country ambiance.

May 28, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Ellenton, Florida

A mellow riverfront town, Ellenton has a rural quality, an interesting mix of neighborhoods, a historic plantation and nearby beaches.

May 27, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Evergreen, Colorado

Evergreen is a small, upscale mountain hamlet with a lively downtown, an established theater company and homes that meld into the hills.

Town Snapshot:

Jamestown, North Carolina

Along the shores of High Point Lake, quiet Jamestown was founded by Quakers in 1816 and today is known for its grand homes and historic sites.

May 26, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Sanibel, Florida

Prosperous, "beachy" Sanibel sits on the barrier island of the same name and is renowned for its 15 miles of beautiful white crushed seashell beaches and wildlife refuges.

May 25, 2020

In Depth Review:

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Picturesque Coeur d'Alene sits along Lake Coeur d'Alene in rugged northern Idaho and has a trendy vibe, outstanding outdoor recreation, a symphony, a ballet, gorgeous scenery and more.

Town Snapshot:

Carrabelle, Florida

A working fishing village and deep water seaport on the Florida Panhandle, Carrabelle has a nice beach and an Old Florida vibe.

May 24, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Dundee, Oregon

A wine and foodie town, Dundee is nestled in the fertile countryside of northwestern Oregon's pretty Willamette Valley and has a walkable downtown, a farmers' market and more.

May 22, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Irvine, California

Home to the University of California at Irvine, Irivine is a sunny, pretty place, known for its rich quality of life, often landing at the top of "best places to live" lists.

Concord, North Carolina

Comfortable Concord boasts three historic districts and is less than an hour from sprawling Lake Norman, the "island sea" of North Carolina.

May 21, 2020

Town Snapshot:

Port Salerno, Florida

Known for its fun seafood festival and recreational fishing, Port Salerno sits along the St. Lucie River Inlet and straddles the scenic Manatee Pocket on the southeastern Florida coast.

May 20, 2020

Short Review:

Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Nestled in rolling hills with fertile farmland and pretty lakes around every corner, Elkhorn is wholesome, unpretentious, safe and reasonably priced.

Town Snapshot:

Longboat Key, Florida

Spread over a barrier island, beautiful Longboat Key is heavily developed, mellow and known for its stunning white-sand beaches.

May 19, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Apache Junction, Arizona

Tucked into a corner of the Superstition Mountains outside of Phoenix, sun-soaked Apache Junction is a gateway to the massive Tonto National Forest, within easy reach of Lost Dutchman State Park and a "snowbird" magnet.

Seabrook, Texas

Along Galveston Bay on Texas' Gulf Coast, Seabrook is a bird sanctuary with a suburban quality and a large boating community.

May 18, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Thayne, Wyoming

Thayne, once called "Little Switzerland," is on the northern edge of Wyoming's Star Valley, a scenic area within 100 miles of Yellowstone National Park.

Ruskin, Florida

Nestled along inlets, islets and the Little Manatee River, Ruskin has a "country" way of life and is a quiet, mellow town.

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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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