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"My resolution this year is to just wing it and see what happens." ~Bill Watterson

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Gulf Shores, Alabama

People come to Gulf Shores, tucked along the central shore of Alabama, for its relaxing atmosphere, beautiful beaches, nine outstanding golf courses and deep sea fishing.

Clarkdale, Arizona

This high country hamlet was built as a company town and lives on today as a gateway to the Tuzigoot National Monument and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.

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Lady Lake, Florida

Home to part of The Villages, the large, popular 55+ community, Lady Lake is a quiet place with lakes, safe neighborhoods and leafy lanes.

Jacksonville, Oregon

Jacksonville, a quirky little town stuck in time, is nestled amid lakes, rivers and forests between the Cascade Mountains and the Klamath Mountains in rugged southwestern Oregon.

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Swansboro, North Carolina

Homey, laid back Swansboro sits between the Intracoastal Waterway and the White Oak River on the North Carolina mid-coast. Its clean beaches, unspoiled boating areas, cute downtown and more make it a great retirement spot!

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Port Royal, South Carolina

Sleepy Port Royal sits next to Port Royal Sound and has had five countries, Spain, France, England, Scotland and the United States, as well as the Confederacy, hoist their flag over it.

Bar Harbor, Maine

Touristy Bar Harbor sits on a scenic, rock-bound coast and boasts breathtaking views, a darling downtown and a rich maritime culture.

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St. Pete Beach, Florida

Touristy, laid back St. Pete Beach is known for its beautiful beaches, unspoiled sand dunes and resort hotels.

Hot Springs, South Dakota

On the southern edge of the Black Hills National Forest, the pretty, unassuming hamlet of Hot Springs is known for its healing mineral waters.

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Houston, Texas

Bustling and diverse, Houston sits near the Gulf of Mexico in southeastern Texas and boasts reasonable living costs, eclectic neighborhoods, amenities galore, fun eateries, outstanding medical facilities and more. Is it a great place to retire?

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Leesburg, Virginia

Steeped in history, charming Leesburg makes its home in a beautiful landscape of rolling hills, horse farms and low slung stone walls.

Branson, Missouri

In the Ozark Mountains of southeastern Missouri, touristy Branson is a hugely popular entertainment hub with museums, outdoor shows, gospel groups, music acts, light shows, shopping venues, eateries and more.

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Madeira Beach, Florida

"Two miles long and a smile wide," compact Madeira Beach sits on an island between the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay and has a colorful mix of housing.

Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina

The quiet little town of Lake Waccamaw is on the northern edge of oval-shaped, 9,000-acre Lake Waccamaw and is popular with second home owners.

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Brandon, Mississippi

Not far from 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir, Brandon is a quiet place with safe neighborhoods, affordable living and a mellow way of life. It is a great retirement spot!

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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida

A laid back town on a barrier island, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is popular with snorklers and divers and maintains a prosperous, bohemian vibe.

Benson, Arizona

Once just a dusty desert outpost home to cattlemen, shopkeepers and scallywags, today Benson is the touristy gateway to Kartchner Caverns State Park, a network of 50,000 year old underground passageways.

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Seattle, Washington

Seattle sits on the shores of Puget Sound in west central Washington and boasts a beautiful cityscape, a bounty of eateries and pubs, theaters and museums, parks and trails, an educated populace and more. Is it a great place to retire?

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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 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.

How We Choose Great Places 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, educational amenities, shopping venues, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, housing options, the poverty rate and more. No one factor alone, except a high crime rate, a high poverty rate, population loss or crumbling infrastructure, will disqualify a town as a great retirement spot. 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.

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