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"The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left." ~Jerry M. Wright

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Today's Short Review:

Flagler Beach, Florida

Flagler Beach started out as a sleepy fishing village. Today, it has a funky, mellow vibe and is often overlooked by tourists and vacationers as they head to Daytona and points farther south. Is it a great place to retire?

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Beverly Beach, Florida

A little more than a mile long, Beverly Beach sits on a barrier island between the Matanzas River and the Atlantic Ocean and has a beautiful strip of sand.

Gearhart, Oregon

Weathered and romantic, Gearhart is on the northern Oregon coast and has a long pristine beach with breathtaking ocean vistas.

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Bluffton, South Carolina

On a bluff above the May River on South Carolina's southern coast, Bluffton was built by wealthy plantation owners seeking a place to escape the summer heat.

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

Popular with artists, historians, musicians, writers, opera lovers and the occasional celebrity, Santa Fe is sophisticated, understated and rustic. It is known for its unique architecture, rich heritage, great restaurants, art galleries and hint of mysticism, all of which make it a great retirement spot!

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Jensen Beach, Florida

Unassuming Jensen Beach, once the "Pineapple Capital of the World," is today known for its peaceful way of life, sea turtles and excellent fishing.

Queen Creek, Arizona   

Rapidly growing Queen Creek sits in the desert of south central Arizona and is considered a Phoenix exurb, about 45 minutes from that sprawling city's downtown.

Petoskey, Michigan

Petoskey is a charming resort community on the banks of Lake Michigan's sparkling Little Traverse Bay and is bordered by deep forests and rushing rivers.

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Flagstaff, Arizona

Nestled amid forests, mountains and desert in north central Arizona, Flagstaff is a touristy, beautiful metropolis with much of its original Old West character intact. Is it a great place to retire?

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Goodland, Florida

Almost completely surrounded by water and wilderness, Goodland sits on the outlying eastern edge of Marco Island in southwestern Florida.

Mount Vernon, Iowa

One of America's "coolest small towns," friendly Mount Vernon is perched atop a wooded hill and is home to Cornell College, a small liberal arts college.

Sonoma, California

Beautiful, upscale Sonoma is the center of California's wine country and is tucked in a landscape of rolling farmland and fertile vineyards.

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Charlottesville, Virginia

Home to the University of Virginia, Charlottesville is a lively city known for its academic stimulation, rich history, excellent hospitals and leafy landscape. It is a great retirement spot!

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Belleair Bluffs, Florida

Compact, coastal Belleair Bluffs rests on one of Florida's highest coastline elevations and is a gateway to Gulf Coast beaches.

Garden City, South Carolina

Garden City is on South Carolina's northeastern coast, about eight miles south of Myrtle Beach, and is a mellow, reasonably priced community with one of the best beaches in the state.

Snowflake, Arizona

A remote town at nearly 6,000 feet above sea level in eastern Arizona, Snowflake was named after two men, Mr. Snow and Mr. Flake.

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Greenville, South Carolina

In South Carolina's Upcountry, Greenville is reasonably priced, boasts leafy neighborhoods and has an inviting town core with a slightly European feel. Is it a great place to retire?

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Sanibel, Florida

On Florida's Gulf Coast, prosperous, "beachy" Sanibel sits on the barrier island and is one of Florida's top vacation destinations, thanks to its 15 miles of stunning, white crushed seashell beaches.

Flat Rock, North Carolina

Charming 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."

Temple, Texas

In central Texas, Temple is a regional medical center with an award-winning library, an orchestra, reasonably priced housing and more.

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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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