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"Our truest life is when we are in dreams awake." ~Henry David Thoreau

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Town Snapshot:

Port Royal, South Carolina

On the southern South Carolina coast, sleepy Port Royal is a place where boating and fishing are a way of life, with quiet waterways twisting past cypress swamps, historic plantation homes, tidal marshes and estuaries.

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Town Snapshot:

Angel Fire, New Mexico

A little village at 8,553 feet above sea level, Angel Fire sits in a beautiful valley in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and is a peaceful, outdoor-oriented place.

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Murray, Kentucky

Surrounded by farmland and gently rolling hills, Murray is home to Murray State University and just 20 minutes from Land Between the Lakes, a huge national recreation area with two large lakes.

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Citrus Springs, Florida

This low key town/master planned community has a country quality, a couple of golf courses, planned events, lots of wildlife and nearby rivers and state parks perfect for outdoor adventure.

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Emerald Isle, North Carolina

On one end of a long barrier island, picturesque Emerald Isle boasts white sand beaches, nesting sea turtles, blue green waters and fun festivals.

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Moab, Utah

In the stark rugged beauty of southeastern Utah, laid back Moab was once a hole-in-the-wall desert outpost but today draws more than a million outdoor adventure seekers every year.

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Belleair Bluffs, Florida

Compact, coastal Belleair Bluffs rests on one of Florida's highest coastline elevations and is a gateway to beautiful Gulf Coast beaches, including breathtaking Clearwater Beach.

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Reston, Virginia

Outside of Washington, D.C., lovely Reston was influenced by the 19th-century garden city design movement and is dotted with streams, wildflower meadows, community gardens and lakes.

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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.

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.

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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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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.

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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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