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"I am mad with the sight of stars, and frenzied with the beauty of the silver, wanton moon." ~Muriel Strode

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Town Snapshot:

Billings, Montana

Built in a rimrock canyon carved by the Yellowstone River, friendly Billings sits beneath big blue skies. It was once a Wild West town but today boasts a symphony, craft breweries and other manifestations of sophistication.

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Ormond Beach, Florida

Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River on Florida's northeastern coast, Ormond Beach has orange sand lined by tall hotels with beachfront pools.

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Wenatchee, Washington

In rugged terrain east of the Cascade Mountain Range, low key Wenatchee is a riverfront town amid mountains and apple orchards. Outdoor recreation abounds, but locals also enjoy a symphony, a chorale, a botanic garden and more.

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St. Augustine, Florida

Romantic and full of history, St. Augustine sits on the northeastern Florida coast and is known for its charming downtown, miles of beautiful beaches and scenic waterfront.

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Morganton, North Carolina

Surrounded by the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains, Morganton has a nice downtown, fun events, nearby lake recreation and reasonable prices.

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Davis, California

Home to UC Davis, engaging Davis has an educated population, a lovely downtown, an OLLI, a beautiful arboretum, lots of wineries and tree-lined neighborhoods.

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Woodstock, Georgia

Outside of Atlanta and well manicured, Woodstock is fast-growing with a nice downtown, a farmers' market and nearby lake recreation.

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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