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"True terror is to wake up one morning and discover that your high school class is running the country." ~Kurt Vonnegut

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Town Snapshot:

Sebastopol, California

Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards about an hour north of San Francisco, sleepy Sebastopol has a bohemian vibe and a "live and let live" outlook.

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In Depth Review:

Daphne, Alabama

Along Mobile Bay in southern Alabama, Daphne is a peaceful town with leafy neighborhoods, gentle breezes, a languid pace, the famous Jubilee Festival and nearby white sand beaches.

Town Snapshot:

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Altamonte Springs is outside of Orlando in north central Florida and boasts reasonably priced living, with the orange and white sands of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and Daytona Beach just an hour away.

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Town Snapshot:

Thayne, Wyoming

Tiny, peaceful Thayne, once called "Little Switzerland," is on the northern edge of Wyoming's Star Valley, a scenic area within 100 miles of Yellowstone National Park and half an hour from Jackson Hole.

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Easton, Maryland

At the top of the Tred Avon River on the eastern banks of the Chesapeake Bay, sleepy Easton is known for its well-kept downtown, dozen or more art galleries, fun festivals and rich history.

Town Snapshot:

Highland Beach, Florida

Along the southeastern Florida coast, balmy Highland Beach boasts beautiful homes, a soft, white oceanfront beach and a lack of stoplights.

Short Review:

Tucson, Arizona

A sun drenched college town with a pretty mountain desert setting, Tucson has a rich heritage, a lively cultural scene, an OLLI, interesting architecture and more.

Town Snapshot:

Etowah, North Carolina

In the Blue Ridge Mountains of southwestern North Carolina, little Etowah is tucked in a scenic valley and popular with people who would like to live in trendy, neighboring Asheville but find it too expensive.

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Lake Mary, Florida

This pretty city of lakes started out as a citrus farming center and today is a semi-rural bedroom community known for its high quality of life.

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Goose Creek, South Carolina

Pleasant Goose Creek is outside of romantic Charleston on the southern South Carolina coast and has a U.S. Navy presence. Neighborhoods are safe, and prices are reasonable. Oceanfront beaches are down the road on Sullivan Island.

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Boerne, Texas

Not far from San Antonio and Austin in the pretty Texas Hill Country, Boerne has a rich German heritage and a touristy creekside downtown.

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Newport, Oregon

On Oregon's beautiful, rugged central coast, Newport boasts a picturesque marina, art deco architecture, five miles of beaches and plenty of nautical character.

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Big Pine Key, Florida

Part of Florida's Lower Keys, Big Pine Key is a seductive, remote place with an underwater mermaid festival, sandy, overgrown neighborhoods, nearby beaches and an ends-of-the-world feeling.

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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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