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"I made wine out of raisins so I wouldn't have to wait for it to age." ~Steven Wright

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Today's In Depth Review:

Port Charlotte, Florida

Tucked along pretty Alligator Bay and Port Charlotte Harbor on the southwestern Florida coast, Port Charlotte is a low key, reasonably priced town popular with boaters, fishermen and more. It is, in fact, a great retirement spot!

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Rockledge, Florida

Rockledge borders the Indian River on Florida's Space Coast and was a winter resort before making room for Kennedy Space Center employees.

Louisville, Colorado  

On a high grassy plain in north central Colorado, Louisville is an casual, affluent city that boasts sweeping views of the majestic Rocky Mountains.

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Ocean Springs, Mississippi  

Peaceful Ocean Springs sits on Mississippi's east Gulf Coast and began as the first permanent settlement in French Louisiana in 1699.

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Suwanee, Georgia

A wholesome, fast-growing town, Suwanee is in northern Georgia and has an inviting downtown, a large community garden, plenty of recreation venues and more. Is it a great place to retire?

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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea is a laid back barrier island town, home to coral reefs and strips of sunny, sparkling sand.

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Chandler, Arizona

A comfortable bedroom community, Chandler is fast-growing and brimming with planned communities and golf courses.

Sun Lakes: a Large 55+ Community in Chandler, Arizona

This expansive, established 55+ community has a variety of housing, seven golf courses, stocked lakes and more.

Athens, Ohio

Set in a valley in pretty southeastern Ohio, Athens is surrounded by rolling hills and is home to lively Ohio University.

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St. James City, Florida

Tucked on the southern half of southwestern Florida's Pine Island, St. James City is undeveloped, agricultural and rife with wildlife.

Concord, North Carolina

Comfortable Concord boasts three historic districts and is less than an hour from sprawling Lake Norman, the "island sea" of North Carolina.

Jacksonville, Oregon

Jacksonville, a quirky little town stuck in time, is nestled amid lakes, rivers and forests between the Cascade Mountains and the Klamath Mountains in rugged southwestern Oregon.

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Surprise, Arizona

Next to the White Tank Mountains outside of Phoenix, Surprise is a well kept, fast growing town with new housing, new infrastructure and happy residents. Is it a great place to retire?

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Belle Isle, Florida

Leafy 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.

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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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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