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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 a previous article or social media post, please scroll down to see the towns referenced in that email, article or post!
May 26, 2018
A friendly town in Texas' lush Piney Woods, Tyler is known as the "Rose Capital of America" and boasts the largest municipal rose garden in the U.S. The city also has a University of Texas campus, a ballet, a symphony orchestra and two lakes. Is it a great place to retire?
May 22, 2018
In Depth Review:
Just outside of Charleston in South Carolina, Summerville charms with its elegant homes, leisurely pace and bounty of colorful flower gardens. Neighbhorhoods are safe. The cost of living is reasonable and the town is growing. It is a great retirement spot!
May 21, 2018
Once a pirates' lair, today Stuart has a thriving boating and charter fishing industry and is known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World."
On the banks of the St. Lucie River, this gated, settled 55+ community has condominiums, a yacht club and a good menu of activities.
Surrounded by mountains and once just a dusty cow town, Bozeman is home to Montana State University and is a gateway to stunning Yellowstone National Park.
Situated in the rolling hills of western Kentucky, Bowling Green was once the capital of Confederate Kentucky and today is home to Western Kentucky University.
May 19, 2018
Tucked at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and has an educated populace, a lively atmosphere and a casual, Western way of life. Is it a great place to retire?
Low maintenance homes, a clubhouse, neighborhood events and distant mountain views are Sunflower highlights.
May 17, 2018
Home to tall condos, marinas, swaying palms and amazing water views, Aventura is what many people think of when they picture Florida.
Reasonably priced homes, five swimming pools, a bowling alley and a waterfront walkway are Point East highlights.
Tucked in the mountains of northern Georgia, Blue Ridge is a tourist destination and is becoming popular as a retirement spot.
Rural Mechicsburg has a quaint downtown, a long-running street fair and tidy neighborhoods with a variety of architectural styles.
May 15, 2018
In Depth Review:
A literary town, Oxford is home to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and boasts a creative vibe, intellectual stimulation, Southern charm and an intense football culture. It is a great retirement spot!
May 14, 2018
South of the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area, and not far from the Gulf, Weeki Wachee is home to famous mermaids and has a reasonable cost of living.
Divided into villages, Glen Lakes features single family homes, lush landscaping and 18 holes of championship golf.
A fast growing lakeside town, Davidson boasts a small liberal arts college, a quaint downtown and leafy neighborhoods.
In the heart of the Texas Hill Country, Boerne was settled by German free thinkers and has a nice downtown with galleries, wine bars and eateries.
This 55+ apartment community has cottage-style units, a swimming pool and is pet-friendly.
May 12, 2018
Once a sleepy fishing village, Venice is on the southwestern Florida coast and is known for its palm-lined streets, Italian Renaissance architecture, calm waters and dark sand beaches. Is it a great place to retire?
May 10, 2018
A quite town on the Florida coast, Hobe Sound boasts a cute downtown and a secret beach with nearly empty sand.
A waterfront town popular with tourists, Northlake has well-tended, leafy neighborhoods and a reasonable cost of living.
In rugged southwestern Oregon, Grants Pass is known for its outdoor way of life and down to earth residents.
May 8, 2018
In Depth Review:
Set amid mystical red rock formations in central Arizona, Sedona is known as a spiritual vortex and beckons with its unusual light, dozens of rejuvenating spas, beautiful homes and more. It is a great retirement spot!
May 5, 2018
Short Town Review:
Nestled in the Ozark Mountains, small but lively Eureka Springs is known for its elegant Victorian architecture, festivals, healing waters and spas. Is it a great place to retire?
On the shores of Table Rock Lake, Holiday Island has a sizeable retiree population, not to mention swimming pools, golf courses and a wide range of home styles.
May 3, 2018
Once a sleepy riverfront hamlet, today Palm City is known for its golf courses, master planned communities and waterfront homes.
Whispering Sound features Mediterranean-style town homes, a clubhouse, a swimming pool and regularly scheduled neighborhood events.
In one of Tucson's oldest neighborhoods, Casas Adobes has mountains all around and boasts a regional shopping venue.
On a secluded barrier island of the same name, Callawassie Island has lagoons, a butterfly garden, rookeries and more.May 1, 2018
In Depth Review:
Once the stomping grounds of Daniel Boone and now home to the University of Missouri, Columbia is leafy, lively and reasonably priced. It has good medical facilities, an OLLI, an active downtown and is a great retirement spot!
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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