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Short Review:

Orange Beach, Alabama

With sugar white sand, emerald waters and tall, gleaming beachside condos, Orange Beach looks like a picture postcard and is a favorite vacation destination.

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Town Snapshot:

Marble Falls, Texas

On the banks of the Colorado River, comfortable Marble Falls is in the middle of the pretty Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes Chain. Locals enjoy wineries, art shows and plenty of water recreation.

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Town Snapshot:

Grand Junction, Colorado

Next to two rivers on a high desert plateau in rugged western Colorado, unassuming Grand Junction is home to Mesa University and has a mix of outdoor types, families, college kids and retirees.

Short Review:

Englewood, Florida

Facing Lemon Bay on the southwestern Florida coast, mellow Englewood has an old fashioned Florida vibe, nearby barrier island beaches, a cute downtown, excellent fishing and more.

Short Review:

Exeter, New Hampshire

Along the Exeter River about an hour north of Boston and home to prestigious Phillip Exeter Academy, Exeter brims with Colonial history and Yankee practicality. Aliens have come to visit, too.

Town Snapshot:

Tavares, Florida

About 30 miles northwest of Orlando in north central Florida, mellow, semi-rural Tavares bills itself as "America's Seaplane City." It borders four large lakes and has several smaller ones within town limits.

Town Snapshot:

Show Low, Arizona

Show Low is a sunny high altitude hamlet tucked into one of the country's largest stands of Ponderosa Pines three hours outside of Phoenix and started out as the winnings in a poker game.

In Depth Review:

New Bern, North Carolina

Historic New Bern is in North Carolina's Inner Banks region where the Neuse River and Trent River converge. Often overlooked by tourists as they hurry on their way to the Outer Banks, it has a charming downtown, beautiful homes and reasonable prices.

Short Review:

Elkhorn, Wisconsin

Nestled amid rolling hills, fertile farmland and pretty lakes, Elkhorn is known as the "Christmas Card Town" and is low key, safe and reasonably priced.

In Depth Review:

Williamsburg, Virginia

With its understated elegance, safe, prim neighborhoods, slight collegiate vibe and rich history, Williamsburg beckons.

Town Snapshot:

Jacksonville, Oregon

A nice little town stuck in time, Jacksonville is nestled amid lakes, rivers and forests between the Cascade Mountains and the Klamath Mountains in rugged southwestern Oregon.

Short Review:

Tyler, Texas

A friendly town in Texas' lush Piney Woods, Tyler is known as the "Rose Capital of America" and boasts the largest municipal rose garden in the U.S. It also has a University of Texas campus, a ballet, a symphony orchestra and two lakes.

Short Review:

Durango, Colorado

Deep in a mountain valley and surrounded by breathtaking scenery, Durango sits under cobalt blue skies and boasts excellent outdoor recreation, a fun downtown, a bohemian vibe and an eclectic mix of residents.

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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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