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"Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana." ~Groucho Marx

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October 13, 2021

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Town Snapshot:

Breckenridge, Colorado

Swaddled by tall mountain peaks and thick national forest in spectacular northwestern Colorado, Breckenridge sits beneath cobalt blue skies and is cute, trendy and touristy.

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Town Snapshot:

Irmo, South Carolina

Next to sprawling 50,000-acre Lake Murray in the heart of South Carolina's Midlands, Irmo has waterfront homes, a longstanding festival tradition, a nice reputation and reasonable prices.

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Town Snapshot:

Amherst, Massachusetts

Home to three colleges/universities in a region known as Happy Valley, Amherst is a stimulating place with plenty to do, everything from attending a poetry reading to fishing and camping.

In Depth Review:

Punta Gorda, Florida

Considered by many to be the prettiest town in Florida, Punta Gorda charms with its coastal locale, inviting cityscape, safe, canal laced neighborhoods and abundant boat recreation.

Short Review:

Rockport, Texas

Along Aransas Bay on the Texas Gulf Coast, Rockport is a funky, low key tourist destination known for its clean beaches and outstanding fishing waters.

Town Snapshot:

Wickenburg, Arizona

Popular with retirees and tourists, friendly Wickenburg sits on the banks of the Hassayampa River outside of Phoenix and boasts Old West character.

Town Snapshot:

DeBary, Florida

Bordered by Lake Monroe, the St. John's River and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park, DeBary is dotted with thousands of live oaks, cypress trees and southern magnolias. It is also a bird sanctuary.

Town Snapshot:

Columbus, North Carolina

Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of scenic western North Carolina, Columbus is nice little town in a growing wine and equestrian region.

Town Snapshot:

Bosque Farms, New Mexico

Not far from Albuquerque in north central New Mexico, Bosque Farms started out as part of a Spanish land grant and remains rustic and rural today. The Rio Grande flows nearby, and wildlife is abundant.

Town Snapshot:

Tega Cay, South Carolina

Tega Cay sits on a densely forested peninsula on the eastern edge of 13,400-acre Lake Wylie and started as a gated community in the 1970s.

Town Snapshot:

Hobe Sound, Florida

A quiet town on the southeastern Florida coast, Hobe Sound boasts a cute downtown and a nearby secret beach with nearly empty sand.

Short Review:

Ventura, California

Ventura is a seductive seaside city known for its lively cultural scene, classic beaches, fun downtown, eclectic architecture and lively boardwalk. The climate's not bad, either.

Town Snapshot:

Dolores, Colorado

In a canyon along a river deep in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, little Dolores is an outdoor adventure hub popular with rafters, cyclists, fishermen, skiers, campers and others.

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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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