Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!
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Nestled on the shores of pretty Lake Chatuge in northern Georgia, Hiawassee is a scenic place surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and two national forests.
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Lush, offbeat Eugene is about an hour from the rugged Oregon coast and draws retirees with its academic vibe, stimulating museums, great eateries, numerous wineries and green, lush cityscape. It also has an OLLI.
Sleepy Flagler Beach sits on the northeastern Florida coast and started out as a remote fishing village. Today it has a funky, mellow vibe and boasts six miles of gorgeous white oceanfront beaches.
South of Houston in southeastern Texas, little Surfside Beach is a mellow seaside village with a four mile long white sand beach, a boathouse as its city hall and somewhat reasonable prices.
Town Snapshot: Outside of Washington, D.C., Culpeper is a cute town with wineries, a historic, well-kept downtown and leafy neighborhoods with red brick sidewalks.
Town Snapshot: On a barrier island of the same name, beautiful Hilton Head Island is a popular tourist destination and boasts elegant homes, world class golf courses, pretty beaches and fun events.
Town Snapshot: Peaceful, leafy Lakeland is known as Swan City for its dozens of beautiful Mute Swans. It also has a nice downtown, 38 named lakes and a way of life that revolves around the water.
Outside of Washington, D.C., Culpeper is a cute town with wineries, a historic, well-kept downtown and leafy neighborhoods with red brick sidewalks.
On a barrier island of the same name, beautiful Hilton Head Island is a popular tourist destination and boasts elegant homes, world class golf courses, pretty beaches and fun events.
Peaceful, leafy Lakeland is known as Swan City for its dozens of beautiful Mute Swans. It also has a nice downtown, 38 named lakes and a way of life that revolves around the water.
Nestled along the magnificent Snake River in south central Idaho, Twin Falls is relaxed place beneath cathedral blue skies and is known for dramatic Shoshone Falls, a nearby series of waterfalls that are actually taller than Niagara Falls.
Tucked amid heart-stopping scenery on beautiful Puget Sound, laid back Olympia boasts water and mountain views, a picturesque waterfront, fun downtown events and leafy neighborhoods.
Laid back and quiet, Indialantic sits on a barrier island along Florida's Space Coast and has a long, soft oceanfront beach, clear warm waters, a fun boardwalk, an art festival and more.
Peaceful Ocean Springs sits on Mississippi's east Gulf Coast and has a nice stretch of sugary white sand with a lovely boardwalk. Opportunities for fishing, swimming and boating abound.
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."
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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