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This page lists towns from the last couple of weeks. The most current towns are always at the top, so if you just opened an email that was sent a few days ago or or clicked through from a previous article or social media post, please scroll down to see the towns referenced in that email, article or post!

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February 23, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Key West, Florida

Originally a Spanish fishing village, today Key West's tropical vibe, famous Duval Street and unique architecture draw tourists from around the world.

Watkinsville, Georgia

Quiet, comfortable and leafy, Watkinsville is close to the University of Georgia, has a nice downtown and is reaonably priced.

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February 22, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Nags Head, North Carolina

An established, touristy beach resort, Nags Head boasts colorful eateries, art galleries and stilt homes.

Powell, Wyoming

Set amid gently rolling hills, yellow buttes and waving prairie grass in scenic northwestern Wyoming, Powell is the authentic American West.

February 21, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Panama City Beach, Florida

On the Florida Panhandle's Emerald Coast, Panama City Beach is famous for its 27 miles of mezmurizing white powdery beaches and emerald waters.

Nacogdoches, Texas

Originally the gateway between the U.S. and the Texas frontier, Nacogdoches is in leafy East Texas and is the home of Stephen F. Austin State University.

February 20, 2020

Short Review:

Flagstaff, Arizona

This mountain metropolis is nestled in beautiful scenery and boasts Old West character. Is it a great place to retire?

February 19, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Bandon, Oregon

Bandon is a cute town on the rugged southern Oregon coast and is a place where water views invigorate the soul.

Smithfield, Virginia

Incorporated in 1752, charming Smithfield is known for its beautiful 18th-century Colonial, Federal, Georgian and Victorian architecture.

February 18, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Highland Beach, Florida

Highland Beach is a balmy, affluent beach community along State Road A1A in southeastern Florida and is framed by lush vegetation, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

Norman, Oklahoma

Home to the University of Oklahoma, Norman is a comfortable, leafy Midwestern city and has landed on numerous "best places to live" lists.

February 17, 2020

In Depth Review:

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

Once a pirates' lair, today Murrells Inlet is a little fishing village known as the "Seafood Capital of South Carolina." Although it is not far from lively Myrtle Beach, it is still a quiet place and a great retirement spot!

February 16, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Largo, Florida

Pleasant Largo, sandwiched betweeen Old Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico on Florida's west central coast, is dotted with lakes and has a bustling downtown.

Red Lodge, Montana

On the way to Yellowstone National Park, Red Lodge is cute, touristy and an outdoor adventure hub in rugged terrain.

February 15, 2020

Town Snapshots:

Coupeville, Washington

Rural Whidbey Island is home to Coupeville, a weathered waterfront village that began in 1852 and in many ways feels as though it never left the mid-19th century.

Charlotte, North Carolina

Charlotte is in southwestern North Carolina and boasts nearly 200 neighborhoods, a symphony, an opera company, a dance company, two professional theater companies and more.

February 14, 2020

Town Snapshots:

North Port, Florida

Straddling the Myakka River and adjacent to the Myakka State Forest in southwestern Florida, North Port is leafy, residential and reasonably priced.

Carmel, California

With a history dating back to Spanish missionaries, a stunning setting and a rich artistic tradition, beautiful Carmel is hard to resist.

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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.

Where Are All the Plain Old Cheap Towns?

In general, prices have been rising across the U.S. during the past few years. For example, in 2015, the median home sales price was $223,000. In 2019, it was $274,000. The U.S. has its share of cheap towns with relatively inexpensive real estate, but with cheap prices come high crime rates, high poverty rates, low education levels, population loss and failing infrastructure. These are not towns we can recommend for retirement. We also don't review many very expensive towns because many retirees cannot afford them.

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, educational amenities, 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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