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January 14, 2019
On Florida's Gulf Coast, prosperous, "beachy" Sanibel sits on the barrier island and is one of Florida's top vacation destinations, thanks to its 15 miles of stunning, white crushed seashell beaches.
Charming Flat Rock started out in the early-1800s as a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians and today is known as "Little Charleston of the Mountains."
In central Texas, Temple is a regional medical center with an award-winning library, an orchestra, reasonably priced housing and more.
January 12, 2019
Adjacent to stunning Lake Tahoe in western Nevada, Carson City is a casual, comfortable metropolis with an independent streak, a few casinos and a pretty locale. Is it a great place to retire?
January 10, 2019
Tiny Cedar Key sits on a small barrier island and has a seductively tropical, "ends of the earth" feeling about it.
A pleasant town with a casual Old West flavor, Golden is tucked between two table mountains and a canyon just west of Denver.
Adjacent to Mississippi State University, Starkville is a somewhat liberal place in an othewise very conservative state.
January 8, 2019
In Depth Review:
With a small town charm, amiable San Marcos boasts a riverfront locale, friendly folks and a diverse culture. It is a great retirement spot!
January 7, 2019
People come to Gulf Shores, tucked along the central shore of Alabama, for its relaxing atmosphere, beautiful beaches, nine outstanding golf courses and deep sea fishing.
Youngsville got its start as a French Acadian farming settlement in the early-1800s and retains a country quality even today.
This high country hamlet was built as a company town and survives today as a gateway to the Tuzigoot National Monument and the Sycamore Canyon Wilderness.
January 5, 2019
An unassuming place just across from the white sands of Navarre Beach, Navarre has a small but quaint downtown, with ice cream shops, cafes, bookstores and other retailers. Is it a great place to retire?
January 3, 2019
Home to part of The Villages, the large, popular 55+ community, Lady Lake is a quiet place with lakes, safe neighborhoods and leafy lanes.
At 8,900 feet above sea level and surrounded by national forest, Crested Butte sits next to Crested Butte Mountain Ski Resort and is popular with skiiers and vacationing families.
This casual, affluent Outer Banks town has both a traditional village and a newer beachfront community.
January 1, 2019
In Depth Review:
Outside of Nashville, Murfreesboro exudes a quiet country charm. It is also a shopping hub, full of friendly folks and home to Middle Tennessee State University. It is, in fact, a great retirement spot!
December 31, 2018
Tiny and remote, Everglades City is across from the northern end of the Ten Thousand Islands and is surrounded by old growth cypress stands.
Quiet little Lake Waccamaw is on the northern edge of oval-shaped, 9,000-acre Lake Waccamaw and has a reasonable cost of living.
Tucked amid rolling farmland in southeastern Pennsylvania's Dutch Country, Mount Joy was founded by Scots-Irish immigrants and boasts a rich agricultural history.
December 29, 2018
On the rugged Oregon coast, Florence is a weathered, touristy hamlet with a cute downtown, uncrowded beaches and a magical hobbit trail. Is it a great place to retire?
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 in a particular area? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold and dividing that amount by the number of homes sold whereas 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.
How We Choose Great Places 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. No one factor alone, except a high crime rate, a high poverty rate, population loss or crumbling infrastructure, will disqualify a town as a great retirement spot. 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.
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