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March 20, 2018
In Depth Review:
Swaddled by lush rolling hills in west central Arkansas, Russellville sits along the Arkansas River between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains. It is an unpretentious, amiable place with affordable housing, safe neighborhoods and outstanding outdoor recreation. It is a great retirement spot!
March 19, 2018
On the Panhandle's Emerald Coast, Panama City Beach is famous for its 27 miles of mezmurizing white powdery beaches and emerald green waters.
Compact, colorful and tucked into Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye, mellow San Pedro is rapidly becoming the country's top tourist destination and is popular with divers and snorkelers.
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Banner Elk is a vacation destination and has a cute downtown.
A booming bedroom community outside of Phoenix, Goodyear is often noted for its "livability" and year-round outdoor recreation.
March 17, 2018
Tucked between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains in scenic western North Carolina, Asheville, home to retirees, artists, farmers, affulent professionals, old hippies, New Agers, young families, spiritualists and outdoor types, is artsy and funky with a Southern sensibility and an emerging resort-like atmosphere. Is it a great place to retire?March 15, 2018
Situated along a series of bayous and the Gulf of Mexico, Tarpon Springs has a rich culture and boasts a charming tourist area with an eclectic collection of sponge shops, galleries and eateries.
Colorful buildings, a library, a fitness center and a swimming pool are highlights of this reasonably priced 55+ apartment community.
Many people want to retire next to the water, whether it be a river, a lake or the ocean. Here we look at a few of the pros and cons of such a move.
Tucked into beautiful rolling hills, secluded but lively Morgantown is home to West Virginia University and often lands on "best places to live" lists.
An active small city with an educated population, Davis is enviromentally-friendly, progressive and the site of the University at California- Davis campus.
March 13, 2018
In Depth Review::
Amid orchid farms and waterfalls, Hilo sits along the Big Island's cerulean Hilo Bay. It is very mellow, slightly rustic, breathtakingly green and home to a University of Hawaii campus. It is a great retirement spot!
March 12, 2018
Nestled amid lakes and palm trees in central Florida, peaceful Hunter's Creek is an unincorporated town and master-planned community all rolled into one.
With an idyllic coastal setting, the little working fishing village of Southport boasts marinas, salt-laden air and a well-worn waterfront dock.
Just south of the Wind River Indian Reservation in western Wyoming, Lander is near three designated wilderness areas, two national forests and more than 40 skyscraping mountain peaks.
Reasonably priced, quiet and safe, Pooler is not far from posh Hilton Head Island, sunny Florida beaches and bustling Atlanta.
March 10, 2018
Under sunny blue skies in southern Arizona, unincorporated Green Valley is a retirement oasis with reasonable costs and a large recreation non-profit organization, GVR, that manages a full range of services and amenities, including 16 or more recreation/social facilities, dozens of clubs, hobby shops, classes, trips, concerts and volunteer groups.
March 8, 2018
On the northeastern Florida coast, Atlantic Beach is a relaxed place where flip flops and shorts are standard attire.
A community that emphasizes six dimensions of healthy living, Fleet Landing also has an aquatic center, an art studio, tennis courts, croquet grounds, a serenity room, a library and more.
In the sleepy coastal village of Little River, the oldest town along the Grand Strand, life moves at a gentle pace, and playing in the water is a common activity.
Home to Oregon State University, Corvallis sits in a valley surrounded by forests and hills and boasts a vibrant atmosphere with a "granola" vibe.
March 6, 2018
In Depth Review:
On the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, quiet, reasonably priced Daphne is connected to busy Mobile via a causeway but boasts a charm and a Southern style that is all its own. Katydids serenade residents to sleep at night, and classic Gulf Coast beaches are about an hour away. It is a great retirement spot!
March 5, 2018
With inlets, islets and the Little Manatee River running nearby, Ruskin has a "country" way of life and is a quiet, mellow town.
Posh and prosperous, San Luis Obispo is one of California's oldest communities and is known for its beautiful climate, charming town center and lack of fast food drive-thru restaurants.
Steeped in history, pretty Gloucester is along Mobjack Bay on the southern Virginia coast is proud of its many stately homes.
In the middle of the Outer Banks, rustic Wanchese occupies the southern edge of Roanoke Island and boasts the island's busiest marina.
On the Great Plains of southeastern South Dakota, Sioux Falls, well-managed, clean and safe, has a nice downtown and plenty of amenities.
March 3, 2018
Nestled in the lush rolling hills of northeastern Tennessee, Norris is popular with second homeowners and retirees in search of lakeside living and country charm. Based on the English garden design movement of the 1890s, Norris boasts a pretty central square and homes at angles to each other. Is it a great place to retire?
March 1, 2018
A pretty town, Cape Coral boasts 400 miles of canals and a soothing ambiance. Bays and sounds are all around, and opportunities for boating and fishing abound.
Close to Myrtle Beach, Carolina Shores is popular with retirees and is a loose confederation of six well-manicured master planned communities, most of which have their own amenities.
Tucked in the verdant, sparsely populated North Kohala district on Hawaii's Big Island, cozy Hawi has a cute downtown with colorful, renovated plantation buildings.
Hugging the rugged outcroppings of the Blue Hill peninsula on Maine's central coast, this charming, weathered waterfront town has a history that reaches back to 1762.
A friendly town in a pretty but rugged valley, Spring Creek is a comfortable hamlet between Reno and Salt Lake City and started out as a planned community in the 1970s.
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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