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"Every spring is the only spring - a perpetual astonishment." ~Ellis Peters

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Hunter's Creek, Florida

Nestled in a landscape of lakes and palm trees in central Florida, peaceful Hunter's Creek is an unincorporated town and master-planned community all rolled into one.

Magnolia Springs, Alabama

Known as one of the prettiest towns in Alabama, Magnolia Springs brims with wisteria, camellias, azaleas and has its mail delivered by boat.

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Salem, Oregon

Salem is a quiet, mid-sized city in the lush Willamette Valley in northwestern Oregon and is surrounded by natural beauty, just one hour away from the coast.

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Asheville, North Carolina

Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Smoky Mountains in scenic western North Carolina, Asheville, home to retirees, artists, farmers and outdoor types, is artsy and funky with an emerging resort-like atmosphere. Is it a great place to retire?

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Tarpon Springs, Florida

Next to a series of bayous and the Gulf of Mexico, Tarpon Springs has a rich culture and a charming tourist area with an eclectic collection of sponge shops, galleries and eateries.

Lander, Wyoming   

Just south of the Wind River Indian Reservation in western Wyoming, Lander is near three designated wilderness areas, two national forests and more than 40 skyscraping mountain peaks.

Banner Elk, North Carolina

In the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern North Carolina, Banner Elk is a vacation destination and has a cute downtown.

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Russellville, Arkansas

Swaddled by the lush rolling landscape of west central Arkansas, Russellville sits along the Arkansas River between the Ozark Mountains and the Ouachita Mountains. It is an unpretentious, amiable place with reasonably priced housing and outstanding outdoor recreation. It is, in fact, a great retirement spot!

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Atlantic Beach, Florida

On the northeastern Florida coast, Atlantic Beach is a relaxed place where flip flops and shorts are standard attire.

Fleet Landing: a 55+ Community in Atlantic Beach, Florida

A community that emphasizes six dimensions of healthy living, Fleet Landing also has an aquatic center, an art studio, tennis courts, croquet grounds, a serenity room, a library and more.

Pell City, Alabama

Sleepy Pell City sits next to 7,000-acre Logan Martin Lake in northeastern Alabama, boasting water recreation and reasonable living costs.

Red Lodge, Montana

On the way to Yellowstone National Park, Red Lodge is cute, touristy and an outdoor adventure hub in rugged terrain.

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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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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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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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