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"The only reason I would take up jogging is so that I could hear heavy breathing again." ~Erma Bombeck

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Today's 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?

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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.

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Fairfield, California  

About an hour northeast of San Francisco and 20 miles from the Napa Valley in northern California, Fairfield is a comfortable city and home to the famous Jelly Belly jellybean factory.

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Missoula, Montana

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

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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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Flagstaff, Arizona

Set amid forest, mountains and desert, Flagstaff is a touristy, beautiful place. Outdoor activities are a way of life, but the city also has a symphony orchestra, theatre groups, dance companies, an opera and more. Is it a great place to retire?

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Beverly Beach, Florida

A little more than a mile long, Beverly Beach sits on a barrier island between the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean and has a beautiful strip of sand.

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Surfside Estates: a Waterfront 55+ Community in Beverly Beach, Florida

With pastel-colored, low maintenance homes, Surfside Estates has a waterfront park, a new clubhouse with a rooftop deck, a heated swimming pool and more.

Salem, Oregon  

This pretty city is in Oregon's lush Willamette Valley, just one hour away from the coast and an hour away from the Cascade Mountains. Residents enjoy wineries, microbreweries, community theaters, a symphony and more.

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Clemson, South Carolina

Surrounded by rolling countryside brimming with sparkling lakes, Clemson is known for its collegiate vibe, lively football culture and active cultural community. It also has a reasonable cost of living and safe neighborhoods.

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Oriental, North Carolina

A quaint harbor town on the Neuse River, Oriental is the self-proclaimed "Sailing Capital of North Carolina." Its picturesque marina is stocked with tall masted sloops, schooners and a few powerboats.

River Dunes: a Waterfront Cottage Community in Oriental, North Carolina

With a 28-acre deepwater harbor and a 124-slip marina, River Dunes is a boaters' haven. Properties are cottage-style, and amenities include a large clubhouse, a restuarant, a spa and more.

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Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

A resort community on a barrier island east of North Miami Beach, Sunny Isles Beach is a place where sand, surf and sun are never ending.

Cedar Key, Florida

A quirky little fishing village, Cedar Key is off the beaten path and has a seductively tropical, "ends of the earth" feeling about it.

Wenatchee, Washington

East of the Cascades, picturesque Wenatchee is surrounded by mountains, rivers and apple orchards. While outdoor recreation abounds, cultural amenities are in good supply, too.

Starkville, Mississippi

A college town, Starkville is a somewhat liberal place in an otherwise very conservative state and boasts a reasonable cost of living.

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Fairhope, Alabama

Overlooking Mobile Bay, picturesque Fairhope started out as a utopian settlement with a unique tax structure, one that continues today. The community also boasts friendly folks, waterfront charm and a gentle spirit. It is a great retirement spot!

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Bluffton, South Carolina

Overlooking the May River on South Carolina's southern coast, Bluffton began as a summer retreat and today is growing thanks to its proximity to Hilton Head Island.

Sun City Hilton Head: an Amenity-Rich 55+ Community in Bluffton, South Carolina

This active adult developments boasts a wide range of prices, a town square, a performance hall, a large social hall and more.

Lady Lake, Florida

Home to part of The Villages, a large 55+ community, Lady Lake is a quiet place with lakes, safe neighborhoods and leafy lanes.

Temple, Texas

In central Texas, Temple is a regional medical center with an award-winning library, an orchestra, affordable housing and more.

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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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