Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!
"We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give." ~Winston Churchill
Outside of Phoenix in sunny southern Arizona, lively Tempe is home to the University of Arizona and has a trendy downtown district, a bounty of events, a destination shopping center, plentiful golf courses and more.
On the southern end of a two pronged peninsula of the same name, mellow Merritt Island sits along the Florida Space Coast and is near 140,000-Acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, the Stunning Canaveral National Seashore and six miles of sparkling oceanfront beaches.
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Charming St. Mary's sits on the southern Georgia coast and beckons with its rich history, pretty waterfront setting, easygoing way of life and reasonably priced housing.
Lovely Swarthmore is home to small, prestigious Swarthmore College in southeastern Pennsylvania and has a cute downtown, leafy neighborhoods, a popular co op and an understated collegiate vibe.
Buffalo is a quaint, authentic, high-altitude town tucked along Clear Creek at the foot of the rugged Big Horn Mountains in north central Wyoming and is often called "Mayberry of the West."
Half way between Kansas City and St. Louis, Fulton has been named one of America's coolest small towns and has a charming downtown with brick streets, two small colleges and very reasonable prices.
Tucked on a barrier island along the southeastern Florida coast, Juno Beach is a tranquil residential place with a top rated golf course and a long, clean oceanfront beach snuggled against warm blue waters.
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Sophisticated, artsy and understated, wonderful Santa Fe is known for its unique architecture, rich heritage, top notch restaurants, abundant galleries and hint of mysticism.
Tiny Cedar Key sits on a small barrier island off Florida's Big Bend coast and has a fun downtown, a beach, pelicans on the pier and a seductive "ends of the earth" feeling about it. T-shirts and flip flops are standard attire.
Quiet Arkadelphia sits along the Ouachita River in southwestern Arkansas is a friendly place with reasonable prices, two small universities and nearby lake and mountain recreation.
Compact, colorful and tucked into Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye, mellow San Pedro is a tourist destination with the longest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere, long white beaches and swaying palm trees.
An established beach resort on North Carolina's Outer Banks, touristy Nags Head boasts colorful eateries, art galleries, stilt homes and a long, beautiful strip of sand.
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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