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"The nation should have a tax system that looks like someone designed it on purpose." ~William Simon

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Alva, Florida

At the western edge of the Okeechobee Waterway, Alva is in a landscape of citrus groves, grazing cattle 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.

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Lexington, Kentucky

Kentucky's second largest city is in the heart of the state's lush Bluegrass Region and is known as the "Horse Capital of the World."

Grapevine, Texas

A comfortable city outside of Dallas-Fort Worth, Grapevine gets its name from the wild grapes that once carpeted the land.

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Colonial Beach, Virginia

Colonial Beach is a slightly worn seaside town with reasonable living costs and Virginia's second longest beachfront. Is it a great place to retire?

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Bonita Springs, Florida

Along Estero Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Bonita Springs is an attractive city that caters to retirees and second home owners.

Madison, Indiana   

Pretty and prim, Madison sits next to the Ohio River and boasts one of the largest national historic districts in the United States.

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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New Bern, North Carolina

Historic 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 has a charming downtown, beautiful homes and reasonable prices. It is a great retirement spot!

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Deerfield Beach, Florida

Named for the deer that once grazed nearby, Deerfield Beach has a long strip of sand, a boardwalk and a busy downtown.

Blue Hill, Maine

Hugging the rugged outcroppings of the Blue Hill peninsula on Maine's central coast, this charming, weathered waterfront town has a history that reaches back to 1762.

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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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. Is it a great place to retire?

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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.

Ellijay, Georgia

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

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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Clemson, South Carolina

A lively atmosphere, Southern hospitality, safe neighborhoods, lake recreation, good senior services and a reasonable cost of living are Clemson highlights. 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.

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.

Waynesville, North Carolina

Tucked between the Great Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains in lush western North Carolina, sleepy Waynesville appeals to people who love the outdoors.

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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 beaches. Is it a great place to retire?

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Williamsburg, Virginia

With its understated elegance, safe, prim neighborhoods, slight collegiate vibe and rich history, Williamsburg beckons. 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? 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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