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Today's Short Review:

Florence, Oregon

On the rugged Oregon coast, Florence is a weathered, touristy hamlet with a cute downtown, uncrowded beaches and a magical hobbit trail. Is it a great place to retire?

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St. Pete Beach, Florida

Touristy, laid back St. Pete Beach is known for its beautiful beaches, unspoiled sand dunes and resort hotels.

Greer, South Carolina

In the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Greer is growing and has a revitalized town core, historic neighborhoods and an award-winning parks and recreation department.

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Salado, Texas

Along dusty Interstate 35 in central Texas, the charming village of Salado is a diamond in the rough, a hip artists' colony and a weekend getaway.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado

At the base of Pike's Peak, pretty Colorado Springs boasts blue skies, an eclectic population, an excellent hospital, an award-winning senior center and plenty of things to do. It is a great retirement spot!

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Doctor Phillips, Florida

Nestled amid lakes and named after a citrus titan, Doctor Phillips is a comfortable town with a good reputation.

Hawaiian Ocean View Estates, Hawaii

This sprawling, rural subdivision is bordered by water, a forest preserve and is mostly off the grid.

Elizabethtown, Kentucky

A friendly, well-tended community, Elizabethtown is close to Fort Knox and popular with military families.

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Slidell, Louisiana

Nearby big city amenities, a reasonable cost of living, a cute "old town" and fun festivals draw people to Slidell. Is it a great place to retire?

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Auburn, Alabama

A friendly college town, Auburn has a lively atmosphere, a deep football tradition, safe neighborhoods and an OLLI, all of which make it a great retirement spot!

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Boca Raton, Florida

Sometimes called the Sixth Borough, stylish Boca Raton is known for its shopping venues, gated neighborhoods, pastel-colored buildings and lush parks.

Cannon Beach, Oregon   

When William Clark of the Lewis and Clark Expedition first saw the Cannon Beach area, he wrote that it was "the grandest and most pleasing prospects which my eyes ever surveyed, in front of a boundless ocean."

Edwardsville, Illinois

Friendly Edwardsville is home to a university, tree-lined neighborhoods and a nice historic downtown.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan

Verdant and vibrant, Ann Arbor boasts excellent cultural amenities, a youthful vibe, safe neighborhoods and more. Is it a great place to retire?

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North Redington Beach, Florida

A low key oceanfront town, North Redington Beach is packed with condos, hotels and single family waterfront homes. The mile-long, sugar white beach is the town highlight.

Gull Harbor: a 55+ Condo Community in North Redington Beach, Florida

This established low maintenance community is half way between the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay and boasts water views.

Northfield, Minnesota

Outside of Minneapolis, Northfield is a cute college town with a bounty of festivals and fairs.

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Cody, Wyoming

In the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains, peaceful, touristy Cody has a definite "Old West" feeling about it and is a gateway to Yellowstone National Park. It is also home to the extraordinary Buffalo Bill Center of the West and a great retirement spot!

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Centre, Alabama

Nestled along tranquil Lake Weiss in northeastern Alabama, Centre is quiet, affordable and down to earth. Is it a great place to retire?

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Floral City, Florida

Platted in 1883, old fashioned Floral City was once the center of Florida's phosphate mining industry and today is a quiet, country place with a nice reputation.

Fredericksburg, Texas  

When German elites fled oppressive political and social conditions in the mid-1800s, some of them came to the pretty Texas Hill Country and founded the popular little town called Fredericksburg.

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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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