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Today's Town Snapshots:

Oriental, North Carolina

A quaint harbor town on the Neuse River, Oriental is the self-proclaimed "Sailing Capital of North Carolina," and its picturesque marina is stocked with tall masted sloops, schooners and powerboats.

Laramie, Wyoming

East of the Snowy Mountains in southwestern Wyoming, Laramie sits under a looming sky on a grassy, windswept plain and is home to the University of Wyoming.

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Carson City, Nevada

Not far from stunning Lake Tahoe, Carson City boasts frontier character and a dry, sunny climate. Is it a great place to retire?

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Beverly Beach, Florida

A little more than a mile long, laid back Beverly Beach sits on a barrier island between the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean and has a beautiful strip of sand.

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Signal Mountain, Tennessee

Signal Mountain sits on a ridge at the end of the Cumberland Plateau overlooking the Tennessee River and has a suburban, country vibe.

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Flat Rock, North Carolina

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."

Petoskey, Michigan

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

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Cedar Key, Florida

Tiny Cedar Key sits on a small barrier island off Florida's Big Bend coast and has a seductive "ends of the earth" feeling about it. T-shirts and flip flops are standard attire.

Parker, Colorado

Growing Parker sits under a towering blue sky in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains and is home to large properties and educated residents.

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Tubac, Arizona

Artsy, dusty and understated, Tubac boasts galleries, excellent restaurants, cobbled streets, interesting home styles and an unhurried pace. It is a great retirement spot!

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Bluffton, South Carolina

Bluffton sits on a bluff overlooking the May River and was built by wealthy plantation owners seeking a place to escape the summer heat.

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Pullman, Washington

Situated on the Palouse, a stunning agricultural region in southeastern Washington, Pullman is home to Washington State University.

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Boca Raton, Florida

Sometimes called the Sixth Borough, stylish Boca Raton is known for its shopping venues, gated neighborhoods, pastel-colored buildings and verdant parks.

Abingdon, Virginia

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western Virginia, attractive Abingdon dates from the mid-1700s and has an active arts scene.

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Navarre, Florida

An unassuming place just across from the white sands of Navarre Beach, Navarre has a small but quaint downtown, with ice cream shops, cafes, bookstores and other retailers. Is it a great place to retire?

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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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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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