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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 an article or a previous social media post, please scroll down to see the towns referenced in that email or post.

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February 24, 2018

Short Review:

Buffalo, Wyoming

A quaint, high-altitude community, Buffalo is often called the "Mayberry of the West" and is tucked along Clear Creek at the foot of the rugged Big Horn Mountains. It is also not far from the "Hole in the Wall" where outlaws Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid hid out in the late-19th century. Is it a great place to retire?

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February 22, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida

A quiet barrier island community, Ormond-by-the-Sea has an often uncrowded red sand beach and reasonably priced housing.

Breckenridge, Colorado  

Swaddled by mountain peaks and national forest in spectacular northwestern Colorado, Breckenridge is cute, trendy and touristy.

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Socastee, South Carolina  

Mostly to the east of the Intracoastal Waterway and just west of lively Myrtle Beach, Socastee is growing quickly.

February 20, 2018

In Depth Review:

Danville, Kentucky

On the southern edge of the famed Bluegrass Region in lush central Kentucky, Danville is unassuming, relaxed and reasonably priced. It is also home to historic neighborhoods, two small colleges and just three miles from Herrington Lake, a popular recreation destination.

February 19, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Briny Breezes, Florida

Wedged between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, sleepy Briny Breezes is a mobile home park and an incorporated town with an oceanfront beach.

Yuma, Arizona  

Once a busy ferry stop on the Colorado River, today Yuma is a tourist and "snowbird" destination that comes alive during the winter months.

Solomons, Maryland  

Picturesque Solomons is a historic waterfront resort with a mature demographic, a lovely boardwalk, the Calvert Maritime Museum and more.

February 17, 2018

Short Review:

Port St. Lucie, Florida

Tucked between the St. Lucie River and the Indian River Lagoon, Port St. Lucie is a mellow city with safe neighborhoods, reasonably priced housing and plenty of water recreation. Is it a great place to retire?

February 15, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Jensen Beach, Florida

Unassuming Jensen Beach, once the "Pineapple Capital of the World," is today known for its peaceful way of life, sea turtles and excellent fishing.

Bandon, Oregon  

Located on the rugged southern Oregon coast, Bandon is a cute town burrowed near the Coquille River, a place where water views invigorate the soul.

Sewanee, Tennessee  

Home to the University of the South, cozy Sewanee sits atop the Cumberland Plateau in pretty south central Tennessee.

Feburary 13, 2018

In Depth Review:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Inviting Chapel Hill boasts a funky, academic vibe, leafy neighborhoods, good medical facilities, a fun foodie culture and more. It is a great retirement spot!

Feburary 12, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Sebastian, Florida

A sleepy town along the Indian River Lagoon, Sebastian is home to the country's first wildlife refuge and most biologically diverse estuary. People live here, too.

Granada, Nicaragua  

Founded on the shores of Lake Nicaragua in 1524, Granada boasts Colonial architecture, a beautiful town square and a bounty of parks, making it a favorite with tourists and expatriates alike.

Nacogdoches, Texas  

Located in leafy East Texas, Nacogdoches is the oldest town in the state and home to Stephen F. Austin State University.

Feburary 10, 2018

Short Review:

Mountain Home, Arkansas

Tucked amid rolling hills and close to two large lakes, Lake Norfork and Bull Shoals Lake, Mountain Home boasts outstanding water recreation, a slower pace and affordable housing. Is it a great place to retire?

Feburary 8, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Alachua, Florida

A quiet, rural town, Alachua has a cute, tree-lined main street and is close to fresh water springs.

Hiawassee, Georgia  

Nestled on the shores of tranquil, man-made Lake Chatuge in pretty northern Georgia, Hiawassee is surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and two national forests.

Feburary 6, 2018

In Depth Review:

Missoula, Montana

At the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains in western Montana, Missoula boasts beautiful scenery, a lively cultural scene, good hospitals and abundant outdoor recreation. It is a great retirement spot!

Feburary 5, 2018

Town Snapshots:

Estero, Florida

Originally begun as a religious colony, today Estero boasts abundant wildlife, plenty of recreational opportunities and pretty, nearby beaches.

Sierra Vista, Arizona  

Surrounded by rugged mountains, Sierra Vista is the "Hummingbird Capital of the World" and home to the U.S. Army's Fort Huachuca.

Columbia, Pennsylvania  

Known for its well-preserved Victorian buildings, Columbia is home to the popular National Watch and Clock Museum, one of the few museums in the country devoted to timekeeping science.

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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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