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Today's In Depth Review:

Hilo, Hawaii

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!

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Juno Beach, Florida

Tucked on a barrier island and known for its white/gray sand beach, Juno Beach is tranquil, casual and well-to-do.

Dillard, Georgia

The little town of Dillard is buried in northern Georgia's Blue Ridge Mountains and is popular with tourists and "weekenders" from Atlanta.

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Brevard, North Carolina

Tucked in scenic western North Carolina, Brevard beckons with its musical soul, cute downtown and many waterfalls. It also has a reasonable cost of living, making it a great retirement spot!

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Edgewater, Florida

Quiet Edgewater is a waterfront town just west of the Mosquito Lagoon Aquatic Preserve and has a country quality.

Grand Junction, Colorado

On a high desert plateau in western Colorado, unassuming Grand Junction has a mix of outdoor types, families, college kids and retirees.

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Lewes, Delaware

One of several towns that make up Delaware's popular beach resort area, Lewes is quaint and touristy. The downtown is cute, and the beaches are clean. History abounds. Is Lewes a great place to retire?

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida

On Florida's Emerald Coast, Fort Walton Beach is a fishing and beach resort town famous for its relaxed ambiance and powdery, white sand beaches.

Reno, Nevada

Reno sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in western Nevada and is about an hour north of stunning Lake Tahoe.

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Easygoing Surfside Beach, an oceanfront town along South Carolina's Grand Strand, has two miles of white sand beach.

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Wickenburg, Arizona

Outside of Phoenix in southern Arizona, dusty, friendly Wickenburg sits on the banks of the Hassayampa River and was founded by gold miners.

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Debary, Florida

Bordered by Lake Monroe, the St. John's River and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park, DeBary is dotted with thousands of live oaks, cypress trees and southern magnolias.

Billings, Montana

Billings, once an actual Wild West town, sits in a rimrock canyon carved by the Yellowstone River and boasts leafy neighborhoods.

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Vero Beach, Florida

On Florida's "Treasure Coast," laid back Vero Beach boasts a quiet ambiance with gentle trade winds, miles of white sand beaches, colorful shops and peaceful neighborhoods. All of which make it a great retirement spot!

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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? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold during a specific timeframe and dividing that amount by the number of homes sold. On the other hand, 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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