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"In America there are two classes of travel - first class, and with children." ~Robert Benchley

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Belle Isle, Florida

Leafy and comfortable, Belle Isle completely surrounds Lake Conway and boasts plenty of opportunities for water recreation.

Ahwatukee, Arizona   

A Phoenix urban/suburban village, Ahwatukee has been called the "World's Largest Cul de Sac" and has a trendy vibe.

10 Worst States for Retirement   

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Hernando, Mississippi

Home to a sizeable musician population, Hernando has been landing on "best places to live" lists in the last few years.

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Ashland, Oregon  

Artsy, cozy and snuggled in a scenic valley, Ashland is home to the nationally known Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Residents enjoy a stimulating atmosphere, a bevy of theater events, top notch eateries, outstanding outdoor recreation and more, all of which make Ashland a great retirement spot!

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Palm Shores, Florida

Little Palm Shores is next to the Indian River Lagoon on Florida's Space Coast and is a quiet, residential place.

Highlands, North Carolina

A cozy Appalachian Mountain resort town, Highlands is within the boundaries of the Nantahala National Forest and brims with charm.

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

In July, 1863, Union and Confederate soldiers fought a bloody battle in and around the little town of Gettysburg in bucolic southcentral Pennsylvania. The battle became the turning point of the Civil War, and Gettysburg forever became linked to it.

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Mount Dora, Florida

With a lakeside setting, picturesque Mount Dora is reminiscent of a quaint New England village and is known as Florida's friendliest small town. Is it a great place to retire?

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Highland Beach, Florida

A balmy, affluent beach community along State Road A1A in southeastern Florida, Highland Beach is framed by lush vegetation, the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean.

Holly Springs, North Carolina  

Not far from the largest research park in the country, Holly Springs is a fast growing town with an educated population.

Marble Falls, Texas  

On the banks of the Colorado River, comfortable Marble Falls is in the middle of the Texas Hill Country and the Highland Lakes Chain.

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Aiken, South Carolina

In lush western South Carolina, charming Aiken is known for its thriving equestrian culture, bounty of golf courses, stately homes and lanquid pace. It is a great retirement spot!

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Edgewater, Florida

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

Morro Bay, California  

Mellow, "beachy" Morro Bay became a summer vacation destination at the turn of the 20th century. After World War II, it also became a fishing village and is still one today.

Irmo, South Carolina  

In the heart of South Carolina's Midlands, Irmo boasts small town charm and is a gateway to 50,000-acre Lake Murray, a popular boating and fishing destination.

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Ventura, California

Along the Southern California coast, Ventura is a seductive city known for its clean beaches, nearly perfect climate and wide array of things to do. It also has a funky downtown, eclectic architecture and a lively boardwalk. Is it a great place to retire?

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Brandon, Mississippi

Not far from 33,000-acre Ross Barnett Reservoir, Brandon is a quiet place with safe neighborhoods, affordable living and a mellow way of life. 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 affluent.

McClellanville, South Carolina

Home to artists and writers, McClellanville is nestled against tidal creeks and saltwater marshes and is a beautiful, secluded place.

Canyon, Texas

Canyon, the setting for West Texas A&M University, is also the gateway to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, a dramatic canyon system second only in size to the Grand Canyon.

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Cadiz, Kentucky

Just east of sprawling Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area and Lake Barkley State Resort Park in southwestern Kentucky, Cadiz is a quiet country town nestled in a landscape of wooded hills, farmland and low stone walls. Is it a great place to retire?

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Lakeland, Florida

Peaceful Lakeland has a nice downtown, 38 named lakes and a way of life that revolves around the water.

Lake James: a Comfortable 55+ Community in Lakeland, Florida

Gated Lake James has a clubhouse, walking paths and single family homes clustered around a lake.

Easton, Maryland

On the eastern banks of the Chesapeake Bay, historic Easton has a quaint town center and an established feeling.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Cosmopolitan and lively, Scottsdale is outside of Phoenix and boasts a rich quality of life.

Villa Monterey: a Quiet 55+ Community in Scottsdale, Arizona

Established and gated, Villa Monterey has low maintenance homes, a Southwestern theme and grounds dotted with palm trees and pine trees.

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Bend, Oregon

In a beautiful setting, artsy Bend is a cosmopolitan hamlet with a fun downtown, a rich cultural menu and a bounty of outdoor recreation. It is a great retirement spot!

Pilot Butte Village: a Wooded 55+ Community in Bend, Oregon

Pilot Butte Village is a cozy, gated 55+ community nestled amid tall pine trees in east central Bend, Oregon. It sits on seven acres and has 40 duplexes and fourplexes for lease.

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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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