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"The soul that can speak through the eyes can also kiss with a gaze." ~Gustavo Adolfo Becquer

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Bayonet Point, Florida

In an area dotted with primitive wetlands and woodlands, peaceful Bayonet Point sits next to Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park, a place where dolphins, gray foxes and tortoises make their home.

Folly Beach, South Carolina  

Once home to pirates and bounty hunters, Folly Beach is on Folly Island just southeast of Charleston and is known to locals as the "Edge of America."

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Apache Junction, Arizona

In a corner of the Superstition Mountains outside of Phoenix, Apache Junction is a gateway to the massive Tonto National Forest.

Loudon, Tennessee

Nestled in the foothills of eastern Tennessee's lush Great Smoky Mountains, charming Loudon was once a busy Tennessee River steamship port and has a nice, walkable downtown.

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Rockport, Texas

On Aransas Bay on the Texas Gulf Coast, Rockport is a funky, low key tourist destination known for its clean beaches and outstanding fishing waters. It was struck by Hurricane Harvey in August, 2017 but is a resilient place and rebuilding. Is it a great place to retire?

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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.

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Wynmoor Village: 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.

Pell City, Alabama

On the shores of 17,000-acre Logan Martin Lake, easygoing Pell City boasts water recreation and reasonably priced housing.

Bellingham, Washington  

Not far from the Canadian border, Bellingham sits on a beautiful bay in the shadow of Mt. Baker and is home to outdoor oriented people.

Castle Rock, Colorado

On grassy rolling hills under a massive sky in northcentral Colorado, Castle Rock is safe, prosperous and growing fast.

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Russellville, Arkansas

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

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Panama City Beach, Florida

On the Panhandle's Emerald Coast, Panama City Beach is famous for its 27 miles of mezmurizing white powdery beaches and emerald green waters.

San Pedro, Belize  

Compact, colorful and tucked into Belize's largest island, Ambergris Caye, mellow San Pedro is rapidly becoming the country's top tourist destination and is popular with divers and snorkelers.

Banner Elk, North Carolina  

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

Goodyear, Arizona  

A booming bedroom community outside of Phoenix, Goodyear is often noted for its "livability" and year-round outdoor recreation.

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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, affulent professionals, old hippies, New Agers, young families, spiritualists and outdoor types, is artsy and funky with a Southern sensibility and an emerging resort-like atmosphere. Is it a great place to retire?

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Tarpon Springs, Florida

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

Santos Isle: a 55+ Apartment Community in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Colorful buildings, a library, a fitness center and a swimming pool are highlights of this reasonably priced 55+ apartment community.

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.

Davis, California

An active small city with an educated population, Davis is enviromentally-friendly, progressive and the site of the University of California - Davis campus.

Pros and Cons of a Waterfront Retirement

Many people want to retire next to the water, whether it be a river, a lake or the ocean. Here we look at a few of the pros and cons of such a move.

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Hilo, Hawaii

Amid orchid farms and waterfalls, Hilo sits along the Big Island's cerulean Hilo Bay. It is very mellow, slightly rustic, breathtakingly green and home to a University of Hawaii campus. It is a great retirement spot!

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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.

Southport, North Carolina

With an idyllic coastal setting, the little working fishing village of Southport boasts marinas, salt-laden air and a well-worn waterfront dock.

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.

Pooler, Georgia

Reasonably priced, quiet and safe, Pooler is not far from posh Hilton Head Island, sunny Florida beaches and bustling Atlanta.

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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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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.

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.

Corvallis, Oregon

Home to Oregon State University, Corvallis sits in a pretty valley surrounded by forests and hills and boasts a vibrant atmosphere with a "granola" vibe.

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Daphne, Alabama

On the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, quiet, reasonably priced Daphne is connected to busy Mobile via a causeway but boasts a charm and a Southern style that is all its own. Katydids serenade residents to sleep at night, and classic Gulf Coast beaches are about an hour away. It is a great retirement spot!

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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 in a particular area? The average home price is determined by adding together all the prices of homes sold and dividing that amount by the number of homes sold whereas 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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