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Today's Town Snapshots:

Altamonte Springs, Florida

Suburban Altamonte Springs boasts reasonably priced living, with the white sands of New Smyrna Beach, Port Orange and Daytona Beach just an hour away.

Castle Rock, Colorado

On grassy rolling hills under a massive, majestic sky in north central Colorado, Castle Rock is safe, prosperous and growing fast.

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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 leisurely pace. It is a great retirement spot!

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Tega Cay, South Carolina

Tega Cay sits on a densely forested peninsula on the eastern edge of 13,400-acre Lake Wylie and was built as a gated community in the 1970s.

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Easton, Maryland

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

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Lighthouse Point, Florida

A casual, pretty town, Lighthouse Point is on the southeastern Florida coast and laced with canals. Many homes have a pool and a boat.

Dawsonville, Georgia

Dawsonville, leafy and welcoming, is just 55 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta. The North Georgia Mountains loom in the distance.

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Surprise, Arizona

Next to the White Tank Mountains outside of Phoenix, Surprise is a well kept, 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 and comfortable, Belle Isle completely surrounds Lake Conway and boasts plenty of opportunities for water recreation.

Glendale, Arizona

Homesteaders first came to this desert region in the late-1800s and today it boasts a symphony, a desert botanic gardens, a wide selection of neighborhoods and more.

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Bend, Oregon

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

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St. James City, Florida

Tucked on the southern half of southwestern Florida's Pine Island, St. James City is rife with wildlife, boasts Old Florida charm and is sometimes called a "drinking town with a fishing problem."

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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Durango, Colorado

Deep in a mountain valley and swaddled by breathtaking scenery, Durango sits under cobalt blue skies and boasts excellent outdoor recreation, a fun downtown, a bohemian vibe and an eclectic mix of residents. Is it a great place to retire?

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Melbourne Beach, Florida

Unhurried and glistening, Melbourne Beach sits on a barrier island and is known for its beautiful stretches of white sand beaches.

Palisade, Colorado

Tucked along the Colorado River in rugged western Colorado, Palisade is surrounded by peach orchards, truck farms and a growing number of vineyards.

Latest In Depth Review:

Safety Harbor, Florida

Sleepy Safety Harbor is on Florida's Gulf Coast and is known for its quaint downtown, safe neighborhoods, pretty waterfront setting and friendly neighbors. It is 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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