Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!
"I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." ~Michelangelo
Ormond-by-the-Sea is a soothing barrier island residential community on the northeastern Florida coast and has a rarely crowded oceanfront beach, three nearby state parks and somewhat reasonable prices for a beach destination.
Originally the gateway between the U.S. and the Texas frontier, inviting, historic Nacogdoches is in leafy East Texas and boasts a university, the state's largest azalea garden, nearby lake recreation and reasonable prices.
Just across the Sound from beautiful Santa Rosa Island and a national seashore on the western Florida Panhandle, friendly, suburban Mary Esther is close to mesmerizing white sand beaches perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and beachcombing.
Greenville sits in South Carolina's lush Upcountry and has an inviting, slightly European-feeling downtown, leafy neighborhoods, outstanding restaurants, a lively cultural scene, reasonable prices and more.
In the heart of the Uwharrie Mountains in the middle of North Carolina, Asheboro is a nice little town with a popular zoo, a touristy vibe and very reasonable prices.
A little more than a mile long, laid back Beverly Beach sits on a barrier island between the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean on the northeastern Florida coast and has a beautiful strip of oceanfront sand.
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.
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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