Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!
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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.
Along the Florida Panhandle coast, Port St. Joe is a quiet deep water port with two traffic lights, a handful of waterfront restaurants, a farmers' market and more.
Nestled on the shores of pretty Lake Chatuge in northern Georgia, Hiawassee is a scenic place surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and two national forests.
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Lush, offbeat Eugene is about an hour from the rugged Oregon coast and draws retirees with its academic vibe, stimulating museums, great eateries, numerous wineries and green, lush cityscape. It also has an OLLI.
Sleepy Flagler Beach sits on the northeastern Florida coast and started out as a remote fishing village. Today it has a funky, mellow vibe and boasts six miles of gorgeous white oceanfront beaches.
South of Houston in southeastern Texas, little Surfside Beach is a mellow seaside village with a four mile long white sand beach, a boathouse as its city hall and somewhat reasonable prices.
Outside of Washington, D.C., Culpeper is a cute town with wineries, a historic, well-kept downtown and leafy neighborhoods with red brick sidewalks.
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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