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Town Snapshot:

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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Town Snapshot:

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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In Depth Review:

Athens, Georgia

Outside of Atlanta, leafy Athens is known as the "Classic City" and is home to the University of Georgia. The city boasts a vibrant atmosphere, a fun downtown, strong senior programs, an active cultural scene and stately architecture.

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Pocatello, Idaho

Home to Idaho State University, Pocatello is a peaceful city with a nice Old Town, a beautiful performing arts center, nearby outdoor recreation and reasonable prices.

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Floral City, Florida

Old fashioned Floral City is a quiet, country place at the edge of the Tsala Apopka Chain of Lakes and has tall oak trees, reasonable prices and a nice reputation.

Short Review:

Fort Collins, Colorado

Tucked at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and has an educated populace, a lively atmosphere and a casual, Western way of life.

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Fairfield Bay, Arkansas

On the shores of pretty Greers Ferry Lake in the Ozark Mountains of rural north central Arkansas, Fairfield Bay boasts wooded neighborhoods, lakefront homes, a bounty of amenities and very reasonable prices.

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Madeira Beach, Florida

"Two miles long and a smile wide," compact Madeira Beach sits on an island off Florida's Gulf Coast and has a colorful mix of housing, a suspended boardwalk and a narrow, white sand oceanfront beach.

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Henderson, Nevada

Outside of Las Vegas and not too far from the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, Henderson has a newish feeling and brims with master planned communities, shopping venues, golf courses and eateries.

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Santa Barbara, California

A mellow, upscale seaside city in a gorgeous setting, Santa Barbara is known as the "American Riviera" and still boasts much of the old California magic.

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Fletcher, North Carolina

Nestled in the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina, Fletcher has a suburban, country vibe, pretty views and a nice reputation.

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Rockledge, Florida

Once a winter resort, unassuming Rockledge borders the Indian River on Florida's Space Coast and is not far from the largest pelican rookery on the Atlantic Coast.

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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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