"Weeds are flowers too, once you get to know them." ~A A Milne
Charming and touristy, Flat Rock started out in the early-1800s as a summer retreat for wealthy Charlestonians and today is known as "Little Charleston of the Mountains."
A pretty town, Cape Coral boasts 400 miles of canals and a soothing ambiance. Bays, rivers and sounds are all around, and opportunities for boating and fishing abound. Oceanfront beaches are just down the road.
On the shores of sparkling Lake Conroe outside of Houston in southeastern Texas, Conroe is a fast growing place with wooded neighborhoods, a nice downtown, a country vibe and reasonable prices.
Both a barrier island and a beach town, Tybee Island is an idyllic vacation destination with an iconic lighthouse, dramatic sand dunes and three miles of white oceanfront sand.
In gently rolling northeastern Kansas, leafy Manhattan is home to Kansas State University and often lands on "best places to live" lists, thanks to its lively ambiance and reasonably priced housing.
Unassuming Jensen Beach, once the "Pineapple Capital of the World," is today known for its beautiful oceanside beaches, sea turtles, colorful downtown and easygoing way of life.
On the beautiful, rugged Maine coast, Boothbay is a salty old fishing village with a working class sensibility, a touristy boardwalk and lovely homes in wooded neighborhoods.
Surrounded by towering peaks in scenic central Colorado, hip, historic Salida is a colorful town with abundant outdoor recreation, a creative arts district, all sorts of fun events, soothing hot springs and more.
Wedged between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Atlantic Ocean, little Briny Breezes is a mobile home park and an incorporated town with a beautiful, uncrowded oceanfront beach.
A tourist and "snowbird" destination, sun drenched Yuma sits along the Colorado River in southern Arizona and has a nice historic downtown, water recreation, fun festivals and reasonable prices.
Peaceful Newport sits near Bogue Sound on North Carolina's Crystal Coast and has a country seaside vibe with reasonable housing costs. Oceanfront beaches are just across the Sound.
In Depth Review:
Home to the University of Virginia, leafy Charlottesville is a lively city with a rich history and academic stimulation. Locals enjoy festivals and fairs, galleries and museums, wine tasting tours, college athletics, an OLLI and more.
Where Are All the Inexpensive U.S. Beach Towns That Don't Have Hurricanes?
Not all U.S. beach towns experience hurricanes or tropical storms, but inexpensive U.S. beach towns are hard to find. Some are somewhat reasonably priced with prices below the national average, but few are cheap - most have costs above the national average. So a cheap beach town with no hurricanes exists primarily in the imagination.
Choosing a Great Place 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, education levels, shopping venues, infrastructure, recreational opportunities, housing options, the poverty rate and more. 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.
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 then 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.
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