"One can never consent to creep when one feels an impulse to soar." ~Helen Keller
Charming Bluffton overlooks the May River not far from the Atlantic Ocean and boasts a cute downtown, canopy streets, boat docks and historic homes.
Home to prestigious Smith College, leafy Northampton is at the base of the Berkshires and has a collegiate vibe, a lively downtown and a bounty of amenities, everything from plays and workshops to botanic gardens and farmers' markets.
Started as a Utopian religious colony, today Estero boasts abundant wildlife, plenty of recreational opportunities and beautiful nearby oceanfront beaches.
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Beneath towering blue skies, Cody is a peaceful, pretty place and is the eastern gateway to gorgeous Yellowstone National Park. Locals enjoy a rich Western heritage and a casual way of life.
Tucked in a scenic valley in north central Arkansas' lush, rural Ozark Mountains, homey Mountain View is known as the "Folk Music Capital of the World." Festivals are many, and the nearby Ozark National Forest is perfect for fishing, kayaking and camping.
Trendy and touristy, Steamboat Springs is tucked in Colorado's rugged northwestern mountains and is a magnet for elite skiers and vacationing families. All kinds of outdoor recreation abounds, from rafting whitewater rapids to mastering a mountain covered in champagne powder.
Navarre is a leisurely place on the western Florida Panhandle and is home to a marine sanctuary, a long pier and miles of soft, exceptionally white Gulf Coast beaches caressed by warm emerald waters.
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. Locals enjoy an arts center, a marina, the Historic Gaslight District and a bounty of outdoor adventure.
In the pretty Santa Catalina Mountain foothills north of Tucson in southern Arizona, sun soaked Oro Valley is home to safe neighborhoods and master planned communities, high tech and biotech companies, golf courses and plenty of other opportunities for outdoor recreation.
A picturesque harbor town on the Neuse River, Oriental is the self-proclaimed "Sailing Capital of North Carolina," and its pretty marina is stocked with tall masted sloops and schooners. Locals enjoy a couple of beaches, fun events and more.
Leafy and quiet, Belle Isle completely surrounds Lake Conway outside of Orlando and has more surface water than land within town limits. Homes sit along the shoreline, and water recreation opportunities abound.
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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