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Town Snapshot:

Benson, Arizona

Once just a dusty desert outpost home to cattlemen, shopkeepers and scallywags, today Benson is the low key gateway to Kartchner Caverns State Park, an amazing network of 50,000 year old underground passageways.

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Short Review:

New Smyrna Beach, Florida

The mellow seaside town of New Smyrna Beach is on the northeastern Florida coast and boasts a long clean beach, excellent water recreation, an artsy vibe and a colorful downtown.

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Short Review:

Lewes, Delaware

One of several towns that make up Delaware's popular beach resort area, Lewes is quaint and touristy. The downtown is cute, and the beaches are clean. History abounds.

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Jamestown, North Carolina

Along the shores of High Point Lake in rolling north central North Carolina, quiet Jamestown was founded by Quakers in 1816 and today is known for its grand homes and historic sites. Two more lakes are within about six miles.

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Red Lodge, Montana

On the way to gorgeous Yellowstone National Park, Red Lodge is cute, touristy and an outdoor adventure hub in rugged terrain.

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Melbourne Beach, Florida

Unhurried Melbourne Beach sits on a barrier island along Florida's Space Coast and is known for its beautiful stretches of white sand oceanfront beaches.

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Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania

Beautiful Jim Thorpe is tucked in eastern Pennsylvania's lush Pocono Mountains and is known as the "Switzerland of America." It is safe, touristy and brimming with extraordinary Victorian architecture.

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Dundee, Oregon

A wine and foodie town, Dundee is nestled in the beautiful, fertile countryside of northwestern Oregon's Willamette Valley and has a walkable downtown, a farmers' market and more.

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida

On the northeastern Florida coast, touristy Jacksonville Beach has classic white sand oceanfront beaches, a beautiful golf course, a fun boardwalk and a long pier.

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Sneads Ferry, North Carolina

With deep roots and an easy way about it, this little coastal town is home to gentle breezes, a popular shrimp festival and somewhat reasonable prices. Oceanfront beaches are 10 minutes away.

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Bardstown, Kentucky

Beautiful Bardstown is nestled in the bluegrass pastures of north central Kentucky and is known as the "Bourbon Capital of the World."

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Idaho Falls, Idaho

A quiet, well-managed city, Idaho Falls sits along the Snake River in eastern Idaho and often lands on "best places to live" lists.

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St. James City, Florida

Tucked on the southern half of southwestern Florida's Pine Island, St. James City is rife with wildlife, boasts a laid back, tropical vibe and is sometimes called a "drinking town with a fishing problem."

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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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