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"The greatest oak was once a little nut who held its ground." ~Author Unknown

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January 8, 2022

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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.

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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.

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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.

Town Snapshot:

Destin, Florida

Once a small fishing village, Destin sits on Florida's Panhandle and has grown into a major tourist destination known for its stunning oceanfront white sand beaches and translucent turquoise waters.

Town Snapshot:

Lake Waccamaw, North Carolina

The quiet little town of Lake Waccamaw is on the northern edge of oval-shaped, 9,000-acre Lake Waccamaw. Large residences, many of which are second homes or vacation homes, sit along the water.

Town Snapshot:

Pflugerville, Texas

On the edge of the Blackland Prairies outside of Austin, friendly Pflugerville was settled by a German immigrant and today is known as the town between a rock and a weird place (Round Rock and Austin, whose motto is Keep Austin Weird). Locals enjoy a historic Old Town, water recreation and more.

In Depth Review:

Traverse City, Michigan

With a dazzling waterfront setting, charming Traverse City boasts leafy neighborhoods, a lively cultural community, a growing wine scene and abundant outdoor recreation.

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Gig Harbor, Washington

Picturesque Gig Harbor is on northwestern Washington's breathtaking Puget Sound and is clean, quiet and green. Two nearby state parks offer maritime recreation and a saltwater shoreline.

Town Snapshot:

Geneva, Florida

Not far from Orlando, Geneva is a peaceful place surrounded by water and wilderness and is often called the "lost world" by locals.

Town Snapshot:

Abingdon, Virginia

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western Virginia, historic Abingdon has an active arts scene, an attractive downtown, reasonable prices and more.

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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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