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"I love to smell the flowers and sniff the books sitting in gardens and library nooks." ~Terri Guillemets

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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.

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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.

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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.

In Depth Review:

Madison, Georgia

Madison, a picturesque showcase of an earlier place and time, boasts elegant historic homes, tree lined lanes, a cute downtown, nearby lake recreation and more.

Town Snapshot:

Billings, Montana

Built in a rimrock canyon carved by the Yellowstone River, friendly Billings was once a Wild West town but today boasts a symphony, craft breweries and other manifestations of sophistication.

Town Snapshot:

Ormond Beach, Florida

Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River on Florida's northeastern coast, Ormond Beach has orange sand lined by tall hotels with beachfront pools.

Town Snapshot:

Wenatchee, Washington

In rugged terrain east of the Cascade Mountain Range, low key Wenatchee is a riverfront town amid mountains and apple orchards. Outdoor recreation abounds, but locals also enjoy a symphony, a chorale, a botanic garden and more.

Short Review:

St. Augustine, Florida

Romantic and full of history, St. Augustine sits on the northeastern Florida coast and is known for its charming downtown, miles of beautiful beaches and scenic waterfront.

Town Snapshot:

Morganton, North Carolina

Surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Morganton has a nice downtown, fun events, nearby lake recreation and reasonable prices.

Town Snapshot:

Davis, California

Home to UC Davis, engaging Davis has an educated population, a lovely downtown, an OLLI, a beautiful arboretum, lots of wineries and tree-lined neighborhoods.

Town Snapshot:

Woodstock, Georgia

Outside of Atlanta and well manicured, Woodstock is fast-growing with a nice downtown, a farmers' market and nearby lake recreation.

Short Review:

Orange Beach, Alabama

With sugar white sand, emerald waters and tall, gleaming beachside condos, Orange Beach looks like a picture postcard and is a favorite vacation destination.

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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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