Indialantic, Florida

Clean, pretty Indialantic sits on a barrier island along the southern tip of Florida's Space Coast.  The town's name, as might be guessed, comes from its location between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean.  It is connected to the mainland via a causeway.

Lewisville, Texas

About 25 miles northwest of downtown Dallas in north central Texas, comfortable, friendly Lewisville has mushroomed by 25% in the last decade.   It started out in the 1840s and began to grow once the railroad arrived in the 1880s.  Then when 29,000-acre Lewisville Lake was created by the completion of Lewisville Dam in 1954, Lewisville began attracting families, white collar workers and retirees.

Dahlonega, Georgia  

Tucked in the rolling foothills of northern Georgia, Dahlonega entinces with its scenic locale, numerous festivals and gentle pace. It is a great retirement spot!

Woodstock, Georgia

Just 30 miles north of Atlanta, suburban, well-manicured Woodstock grew up as a railroad town.  Today, it is a fast growing place, nearly doubling in size during the last 10 years.  

Kerrville, Texas   

Nestled in the colorful Texas Hill Country, beckons with its river Culture, lively cultural scene, casual way of life and friendly residents. It is a great retirement spot!

Lexington, South Carolina  

Tucked in central South Carolina, Lexington is growing and boasts affordable living, a good hospital and nearby lake recreation. Is it a great place to retire?

Abingdon, Virginia

Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western Virginia, attractive, artsy Abingdon is the Washington County seat and dates from the mid-1700s. It has an active arts scene and is proud of its heritage.

Stowe, VT  

Naples, Florida

Retirement on North Carolina's Outer Banks  

If your goal is to retire to a temperate climate with endless vistas, then the Outer Banks might be for you. This scenic 200-mile string of barrier islands and peninsulas stretches from Virginia Beach to the southern edge of North Carolina.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

Calabash, North Carolina

Calabash is a quaint fishing village with a long history and a large reputation. It sits near the mouth of the quiet, crook-necked Calabash River where it joins the Intracoastal Waterway in southeastern North Carolina and is known as the "Seafood Capital of the World."

Six Taxes to Consider When Choosing a Retirement State  

Most people are concerned about how much in taxes they will owe on their retirement income, but those are not the only taxes to consider. Here are six types of taxes to factor into your retirement destination search.

Cudjoe Key, Florida

Big Pine Key, Florida

Belleair Bluffs, Florida

Apollo Beach, Florida  

Southshore Falls: a Tropical 55+ Community in Apollo Beach, Florida   

Santa Rosa, California  

In Sonoma County, only 55 miles north of San Francisco and about 25 miles from the Pacific Ocean, pretty Santa Rosa has been named as one of the happiest places in the United States. It sits amid vineyards and farmland and started with a simple adobe house in the 1830s.

Oakmont Village: a Beautiful 55+ Commnity in Santa Rosa, California

In the heart of Northern California's wine country, Santa Rosa is the setting for Oakmont Village, a beautiful 55+ community with 3,000 single family homes, patio homes and town homes. It spreads across 1,200 rolling acres and started out in the mid-1960s. Building continues today.

Port Charlotte, Florida

Maggie Valley, North Carolina

Nestled between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Pisgah National Forest in lush western North Carolina, this cute, old fashioned resort town is in one of the highest valleys on the East Coast. It dates from the late-1800s and is named for the daughter of the original postmaster.

Morganton, North Carolina

Burrowed in the lush foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in western North Carolina, Morganton's history dates to Spanish Conquistadors and the mound-building Mississipeans.   It has a hometown feeling and prides itself on its clean, safe streets, quaint downtown and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. 

Bonita Springs, Florida  

Sandpoint, ID  

Prescott, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona 

Located in the East Valley of the sprawling Phoenix metropolitan area, Tempe's history stretches back to the 1500s when Native Americans built canals through the area to aid with trade. Today, the city is the home of Arizona State University (which has a whopping 83,000 students) and the headquarters of two Fortune 500 companies, U.S. Airways and Insight Enterprises.

Eugene, Oregon

Offbeat and mellow, Eugene, Oregon draws retirees With its leafy neighborhoods, rich cultural scene, University vibe and liberal outlook. It is a great retirement spot!

Palm Shores, FL  

Little Palm Shores sits along the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's Space Coast. It is a quiet, reasonably priced place where many people know each other and is primarily residential.

Louisville, CO  

On a high grassy plain about 25 miles north west of Denver, Colorado, Louisville is an attractive city that boasts sweeping views of the majestic Rocky Mountains. It is a casual, affluent place with educated residents and has been named by several national publications as one of the places to live in the United States.

Carolina Shores, North Carolina

This Brunswick County town split from its nearest neighbor, Calabash, after battles over city services and ordinances. Despite its name, it sits about five miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean and does not have a shore or beach. It was incorporated in 1998.

Cape Carteret, NC  

The sleepy hamlet of Cape Carteret sits next to the Intracoastal Waterway at the foot of the Emerald Isle Bridge on North Carolina's mid-coast. It is known for its good schools and easy way of life.

Hillsville, Virginia

Hillsville is in lush, rural southwestern Virginia, less than 20 minutes from the North Carolina border and about 90 minutes from Roanoke. It has long been supported by agriculture and is the Carroll County seat.

Little River, South Carolina

Along the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, near the North Carolina border, the sleepy village of Little River, South Carolina makes its home. Life here moves at a gentle pace, and playing in the water is a way of life.

 Bluffton, South Carolina

Located on a bluff above the May River on South Carolina's southern coast, Bluffton was built by wealthy plantation owners seeking a place to escape the summer heat.  It became a booming steamboat port but then suffered after both the Civil War and the Great Depression.  

Easley, South Carolina

Lush, leafy and low key, Easley is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Upstate (northwestern) South Carolina.   It is growing but still has a country ambiance and is perhaps best known for hosting the annual Big League World Series, the championship for Little Leaguers.   

Rapid City, South Dakota

Queen Creek, Arizona

Rapidly growing Queen Creek sits in the desert of south central Arizona and is considered a Phoenix exurb, about 45 minutes from that city's downtown.  It began as a farming community and is named after the creek that runs down from the old Silver Queen Mine in the neighboring San Tan Mountains.

Grants Pass, Oregon

Just an hour north of the California border in rugged, scenic southwestern Oregon, Grants Pass sits on the banks of the Rogue River and is known for its down to earth people and outdoor way of life. It dates from 1865 and was named after Ulysses S. Grant.

Gainesville, Florida

Gainesville is in northcentral Florida and is the largest city in Alachua County. It is the home of the University of Florida (52,000 students), Santa Fe College and City College. In recent years, Gainesville has landed on several "best places to live" lists, and it has a youthful energy.

5 Reasons to Retire in a Hotel  

Ever considered retiring in a hotel? It is possible. What are the benefits? Chef prepared meals, free housekeeping, free cable TV, free wi-fi and a front desk staff at your beck and call.

10 Worst States for Retirement

Cedar Bluff, Alabama

Cedar Bluff sits directly on the shore of pretty Weiss Lake in the quiet countryside of northeastern Alabama. Started as a roadway crossing and close to two of Civil War sites, the town has been growing, increasing its population by 15% within the last decade.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Longwood, Florida

Longwood is situated in east central Florida, just 15 miles from downtown Orlando. It is primarily a bedroom community, leafy, pleasant and suburban.

Valencia Bonita: 55+ Homes in a Resort Ambiance in Bonita Springs, Florida   

Georgetown, Texas

Dunedin, Florida  

Morehead, Kentucky

Concord, North Carolina

Only 20 miles northeast of Charlotte in south central North Carolina, comfortable Concord is the Cabarrus County seat and one of the oldest cities in the Charlotte metro area. It started out in 1750 and has boomed by 220% within the last 10 or 15 years.

Lexington, Virginia

Merritt Island, Florida

Merritt Island, about 55 miles east of Orlando, is part of the "Space Coast" and is an unincorporated community located on the southern end of a peninsula (once an island) of the same name. The northern part of the peninsula is home to the Kennedy Space Center and the Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Miramar Beach, Florida

Mesmerizing turquoise waters and miles of sugar white sand are what lure people to sun-drenched Miramar Beach. This classic beach community is nestled along Florida's Panhandle and has grown by 300% during the last 10 to 20 years.

Seascape: Resort Homes from $100,000s in Miramar Beach, Florida

Seascape is a large, gated golf, tennis and beach resort in Miramar Beach. It has a wide range of rental and vacation accommodations, from beach houses to highrise condos. It also has properties for sale.

Edgewater Arms: a 55+ Community with Waterfront Views in Dunedin, Florida   

Powell, WY  

Bar Harbor, ME  

Blowing Rock, NC  

Chetola: a Lakeside Resort in Blowing Rock, NC   

5 Tax Friendly States for Retirement

The tax bite varies from state to state, and the taxes paid during retirement can make or break a budget. Here are five of the best states when it comes to taxes and retirement.

Ellenton, Florida  

North River Estates: a 55+ Community in Ellenton, FL   

Easton, MD  



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