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"Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up." ~Robert Frost

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Lanai City, Hawaii

In the central highlands of Lanai, Lanai City is a charming old plantation town with many of its 1920s building still standing.

Lawrence, Kansas

Leafy Lawrence is a quintessential college town and often lands on "best places to live" lists.

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Slidell, Louisiana

Nearby big city amenities, a reasonable cost of living, a cute "old town" and fun festivals draw people to Slidell. Is it a great place to retire?

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Doctor Phillips, Florida

Nestled amid lakes and named after an early citrus titan, Doctor Phillips is a comfortable town with a good reputation.

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Conroe, Texas

Conroe sits along the shores of Lake Conroe outside of Houston and has wooded neighborhoods, a nice downtown and a country feeling.

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

On a barrier island of the same name, wooded Hilton Head Island started out in the 1600s and today is a popular tourist destination.

Conway, Arkansas

One of Arkansas' largest cities, Conway has a collegiate vibe, reasonable prices and excellent nearby lake recreation.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado

At the base of Pike's Peak, pretty Colorado Springs boasts blue skies, an eclectic population, an excellent hospital, an award-winning senior center and plenty of ways to stay busy. It is a great retirement spot!

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Indialantic, Florida

Laid back and quiet, Indialantic sits on a barrier island on Florida's Space Coast and has a long stretch of beach with a fun boardwalk.

Hiawassee, Georgia

Nestled on the shores of pretty Lake Chatuge in northern Georgia, Hiawassee is a scenic place surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and two national forests.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia

Safe and suburban, Virginia Beach sits where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Chesapeake Bay and has miles of beaches, drawing thousands of sand, sun and surf lovers every year.

Swarthmore, Pennsylvania

Lovely Swarthmore, home to small, prestigious Swarthmore College, has a cute downtown and a low key collegiate vibe.

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Riverview, Florida

Along the shores of the Alafia River on Florida's southwestern coast, comfortable Riverview is near state parks and world class beaches.

Evans, Georgia

Just outside of Augusta in eastern Georgia, Evans sits in the middle of golf country and is quiet, safe and prosperous.

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Mountain Home, Arkansas

Tucked amid rolling hills and close to two large lakes, Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake, Mountain Home boasts outstanding water recreation, a slower pace and reasonably priced housing. Is it a great place to retire?

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Mauldin, South Carolina

Mauldin sits in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is a pleasant, well-managed place.

Horseshoe Bay, Texas

A scenic town on the shores of Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, Horseshoe Bay is home to the Horseshoe Bay Resort and boasts lovely homes.

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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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