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"When I die, bury me on the golf course so my husband will visit." ~Author Unknown

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Today's Short Review:

Green Valley, Arizona

Under sunny blue skies in southern Arizona, unincorporated Green Valley is a retirement oasis with reasonable costs and a large recreation non-profit organization, GVR, that manages a full range of services and amenities, including 16 or more recreation/social facilities, dozens of clubs, hobby shops, classes, trips, concerts and volunteer groups.

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Communities:

Villas de Golf: a Low Key 55+ Community in Largo, Florida

Settled with nicely maintained grounds, Villas de Golf has condominiums and overlooks an 18 hole golf course.

Sun City Hilton Head: a Large 55+ Community in Bluffton, South Carolina

Sun City is a Del Webb active adult community, spread acros-s 4,300 acres of South Carolina Lowcountry, and has single family homes and town homes for sale.

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Sunset Harbor: a Colorful Manufactured Home Community in Key West, Florida

A mellow place in a mellow town, Sunset Harbor has pastel-colored homes that back to two deep water canals.

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Coconut Creek, Florida

Named after its many coconut palms, Coconut Creek has an abundance of parks, gardens, canals and lushly landscaped avenues.

Wynmoor: a Gated 55+ Community in Coconut Creek, Florida

Sedate and well-settled, Wynmoor Village is a large 55+ condominium community dotted with palm trees, ponds and fountains.

Little River, South Carolina

In the sleepy coastal village of Little River, the oldest town along the Grand Strand, life moves at a gentle pace, and playing in the water is a common activity.

Breckenridge, Colorado

Swaddled by mountain peaks and national forest in spectacular northwestern Colorado, Breckenridge is cute, trendy and touristy.

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Missoula, Montana

At the foot of the Bitterroot Mountains, Missoula boasts beautiful scenery, a lively cultural scene, good hospitals and abundant outdoor recreation. It is a great retirement spot!

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Chokoloskee, Florida

Located between Everglades National Park and the Ten Thousand Islands, little Chokoloskee is considered one of Florida's last frontiers.

Morgantown, West Virginia   

Tucked into beautiful rolling hills, secluded but lively Morgantown is home to West Virginia University and often lands on "best places to live" lists.

Strasburg, Pennsylvania

In scenic Pennsylvania Dutch Country, Strasburg was settled by Huguenots and Mennonites and today is known as "Train Town, USA."

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Ormond-by-the-Sea, Florida

A quiet barrier island community, Ormond-by-the-Sea has an often uncrowded red sand beach and is near three beautiful state parks.

Yuma, Arizona

Once a busy ferry stop on the Colorado River, today Yuma is a tourist and "snowbird" destination that comes alive during the winter months.

Hawi, Hawaii

Tucked in the verdant, sparsely populated North Kohala district on Hawaii's Big Island, cozy Hawi has a cute downtown with colorful, renovated plantation buildings.

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Berea, Kentucky

At the edge of the Cumberland Plateau where the mountains meet carpets of bluegrass, rural Berea is a quiet place steeped in Appalachian culture. Home to Berea College, it also attracts tourists and shoppers from around the region. It is a great retirement spot!

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Cape Coral, Florida

A pretty town, Cape Coral boasts 400 miles of canals and a soothing ambiance. Bays and sounds are all around, and opportunities for boating and fishing abound.

Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada   

Fredericton is an attractive city known for its love of the arts, craft breweries, coffee houses, whale watching and more.

Spring Creek, Nevada

A friendly town in a scenic but rugged valley, Spring Creek is a comfortable hamlet between Reno and Salt Lake City and started out as a planned community in the 1970s.

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Norris, Tennessee

Nestled in the lush rolling hills of northeastern Tennessee, Norris is popular with people in search of lakeside living and country charm. Its layout is based on the English garden city design movement of the 1890s, and it has a pretty central square. Is it a great place to retire?

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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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