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"You're never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child." ~Dr. Seuss

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January 14, 2022

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Town Snapshot:

Edgewater, Florida

Peaceful, safe Edgewater is a waterfront town just west of the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve on Florida's northeastern coast and has a country quality. Oceanfront beaches are five minutes away.

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Town Snapshot:

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Historic, touristy Gettysburg is a cute town with a bucolic setting and is full of fun eateries, wine shops, candy stores, pubs, galleries and more.

Town Snapshot:

Surfside Beach, South Carolina

An easygoing oceanfront town, Surfside Beach is on South Carolina's lively Grand Stand and has two miles of sparkling white sand beaches with 36 access points.

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In Depth Review:

Brevard, North Carolina

Tucked in beautiful western North Carolina, Brevard beckons with its musical soul, cute downtown, many waterfalls and reasonable cost of living.

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 has lovely homes, open spaces and beach access.

Town Snapshot:

Tequesta, Florida

Beautiful, balmy Tequesta is tucked between the Atlantic Ocean and two waterways on Florida's southeastern coast. It has a life-guarded oceanfront beach, with another 2,000 feet of primitive beach to the south. Both strips of sand are full of seashells but often empty of humans.

Town Snapshot:

Ocean View, Delaware

Quiet and safe, Ocean View touches Indian River Bay in southern Delaware and is adjacent to popular seaside resort Bethany Beach. Oceanfront beaches are about a mile to the east.

Town Snapshot:

Castle Rock, Colorado

On grassy rolling hills under a massive, majestic blue sky 15 miles east of the Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado, Castle Rock has a charming downtown, sleek, safe neighborhoods and vestiges of its frontier past.

Town Snapshot:

Riverview, Florida

Along the shores of the Alafia River on Florida's southwestern coast, mellow Riverview is dotted with new neighborhoods and is near state parks and world class white sand beaches.

In Depth Review:

Hilo, Hawaii

Next to sparkling Hilo Bay on Hawaii's Big Island, sleepy Hilo boasts a verdant landscape, beautiful ocean views, an old fashioned cityscape and a very mellow way of life.

Town Snapshot:

Pine Mountain, Georgia

Outside of Atlanta in western Georgia, cute little Pine Mountain has a small, touristy downtown, reasonable costs and is close to beautiful Callway Gardens, FDR's Little White House and sprawling F.D. Roosevelt State Park.

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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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