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"Electricity is really just organized lightning." ~George Carlin

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Town Snapshot:

Irvine, California

Home to the University of California at Irvine, Irivine is a sunny, pretty place, known for its rich quality of life, often landing at the top of "best places to live" lists.

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Town Snapshot:

Concord, North Carolina

Comfortable Concord boasts three historic districts and is less than an hour from sprawling Lake Norman, the "island sea" of North Carolina.

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Port Salerno, Florida

Known for its fun seafood festival and recreational fishing, Port Salerno sits along the St. Lucie River Inlet and straddles the scenic Manatee Pocket on the southeastern Florida coast.

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Short Review:

Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Nestled in rolling hills with fertile farmland and pretty lakes around every corner, Elkhorn is wholesome, unpretentious, safe and reasonably priced.

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Longboat Key, Florida

Spread over a barrier island, beautiful Longboat Key is heavily developed, mellow and known for its stunning white-sand beaches.

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Apache Junction, Arizona

In the mountains outside of Phoenix, sun-soaked Apache Junction is a gateway to the massive Tonto National Forest, within easy reach of Lost Dutchman State Park and a "snowbird" magnet.

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Seabrook, Texas

Along Galveston Bay on Texas' Gulf Coast, Seabrook is a bird sanctuary with a suburban quality and a large boating community.

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Thayne, Wyoming

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.

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Ruskin, Florida

Nestled along inlets, islets and the Little Manatee River, Ruskin has a "country" way of life and is a quiet, mellow town.

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Oak Harbor, Washington

Tucked on the northern end of northwestern Washington's scenic Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor boasts pretty views, a nice downtown, an often empty beach and more.

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Southern Pines, North Carolina

Soothing Southern Pines started out as a resort and today boasts a rich golfing tradition, a strong equestrian heritage, a cute downtown and wooded neighborhoods.

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Lewisville, Texas

Lewisville is a friendly city along the shores of 29,000-acre Lewisville Lake outside of Dallas and has an active Old Town, a large marina, numerous shopping centers and much more.

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Beaufort, South Carolina

Beautiful Beaufort sits on a barrier island and boasts Lowcountry charm, a leisurely pace, stately antebellum architecture, canopy lanes and more.

In Depth Review:

Prescott, Arizona

Once a hardscrabble mining camp, today Prescott is a vacation getaway with historic neighborhoods, a fun downtown, a gentle climate, excellent outdoor recreation and frontier character and more.

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

Dotted with open space, lakes and canals, pretty Palm Beach Gardens is on the southeastern Florida coast and is known for its many golf courses and gated communities.

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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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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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