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Today's In Depth Review:

Ruidoso, New Mexico

Laid back but with an up and coming resort atmosphere, the high altitude village of Ruidoso is popular with vacationers, second home owners and retirees. Outdoor recreation abounds, festivals are many, and the world-class Spencer Theater for the Performing Arts has an active schedule, making Ruidoso a great retirement spot!

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Palm Harbor, Florida

Bounded by the Gulf Coast and Lake Tarpon, Palm Harbor is home to the world class Innisbrook Golf and Resort Club and has a cute downtown.

Highland Lakes: a Lush 55+ Community in Palm Harbor, Florida  

Retirees come to Highland Lakes for its housing variety, waterfront lodge, three golf courses and low HOA fees.

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South Padre Island, Texas

This popular Gulf Coast resort town is on a long barrier island and famous for its miles of beaches, abundant water activities and party atmosphere.

Lexington, Kentucky  

In the heart of Kentucky's famous Bluegrass Region, Lexington is known as the "Horse Capital of the World" and is home to an orchestra, two ballet companies, a professional theater and more.

Trent Village: an Affordable 55+ Apartment Community in Lexington, Kentucky  

Leafy and comfortable, Trent Village boasts 24-hour maintenance and planned activities and events.

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Henderson, Nevada

Outside of Las Vegas and not too far from the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead, Henderson is booming and has a newish feeling about it. It brims with master planned communities and has plenty of shopping, golf courses and restaurants. Is it a great place to retire?

Solera at Anthem: a Large 55+ Community Henderson, Nevada

Pretty valley views, a large clubhouse and a good selection of single family homes and attached homes bring people to this 55+ community.

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Alva, Florida

At the western edge of the Okeechobee Waterway, Alva has a landscape of grazing cattle, citrus groves and large oak trees with hanging moss, evoking Old Florida.

Cascades at River Hall: a Peaceful 55+ Community in Alva, Florida

Single family homes are for sale in this quiet, gated 55+ neighborhood, and many of them have water views.

6-Day Bahamas Cruise and Florida Discovery Tour: Enchantment Of The Seas!

Ellijay, Georgia

In the lush Appalachian foothills of northern Georgia, Ellijay is a growing country town known as the "Apple Capital of Georgia."

Santa Barbara, California

Called the "American Riviera," Santa Barbara was settled by Spanish missionaries in the late-18th century and today is a mellow, upscale seaside city in a gorgeous setting.

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New Bern, North Carolina

New Bern is in North Carolina's Inner Banks region where the Neuse River and Trent River converge. Often overlooked by tourists as they hurry on their way to the Outer Banks, it is reasonably priced, peaceful and growing. It is a great retirement spot!

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Winter Springs, Florida

Along Lake Jesup and the Spring Hammock Preserve, Winter Springs is a pleasant community with an attractive town center and pretty lake views.

Ocean Shores, Washington

Spread across the Point Brown Peninsula on Washington's scenic mid-coast, salty Ocean Shores was once a Hollywood jetsetter hangout and today is a weekend tourist destination.

Wichita Falls, Texas

Friendly and unpretentious, Wichita Falls was built on oil money and sits under a giant sky. It is home to Sheppard Air Force Base and a small college.

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Naples, Florida

On Florida's southwestern coast, beautiful Naples is known for its "beachy" resort ambiance, high-end shopping venues, golf courses and sugar white beach. Is it a great place to retire?

Heritage Bay: a Gated Golf and Tennis Community in Naples, Florida

Popular with baby boomers, stylish Heritage Bay has condos, coach homes, single family homes, three golf courses, tennis courts and a wide range of prices.

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Merritt Island, Florida

On the southern end of a peninsula of the same name, Merritt Island is near 140,000-acre Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge and the stunning Canaveral National Seashore.

Merritt Island Village: a Low Key Waterfront Community in Merritt Island, Florida

A relaxed place, Merritt Island Village is a 55+ community and has a clubhouse and pastel-colored homes, some of which sit right next to the Banana River.

Concord, North Carolina  

Reasonably priced and not far from Charlotte, Concord boasts three historic districts and is less than an hour from sprawling Lake Norman, the "island sea" of North Carolina.

Watkinsville, Georgia

Quiet, comfortable and leafy, Watkinsville is close to the University of Georgia and has a nice downtown.

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Along the Colorado River high in the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado, beautiful Glenwood Springs is touristy, outdoorsy and laid back. Recreation opportunities abound, but the town is best known for it theraputic waters and has the world's largest outdoor hot springs pool. It is a great retirement spot!

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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."

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.

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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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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