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"You can cage the singer but not the song." ~Harry Belafonte

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Today's Short Review:

Loveland, Colorado

Nestled along the Rocky Mountain foothills in pretty northern Colorado, Loveland is the "Sweetheart City" and boasts safe neighborhoods, good medical facilities, blue skies and plenty of outdoor recreation. Is it a great place to retire?

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Miramar Beach, Florida

A classic beach town, Miramar is known for its mesmerizing turquoise waters and miles of sugar white sand.

Lake Lure, North Carolina

A popular resort town, Lake Lure is in western North Carolina's scenic Blue Ridge Mountains and nestled around sparkling Lake Lure.

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South Padre Island, Texas

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

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Cheyenne, Wyoming

On Wyoming's southeastern plains, peaceful, unpretentious Cheyenne makes its home, attracting people looking for the authentic American West, blue skies, dry air and wide open spaces. 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.

Columbia, Pennsylvania

Known for its well-preserved Victorian buildings, Columbia is home to the popular National Watch and Clock Museum, one of the few museums in the country devoted to timekeeping science.

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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Venice, Florida

Once a sleepy fishing village and citrus farming community, Venice is nestled along the southwestern Florida coast. It has an excellent hospital, clean beaches, a strong arts culture and an unassuming vibe. Is it a great place to retire?

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Dahlonega, Georgia

Tucked in northern Georgia's Appalachian Mountain foothills, Dahlonega boasts a scenic setting, a cute downtown, plenty of festivals and a gentle pace. It is a great retirement spot!

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Clermont, Florida

A quiet, comfortable place, Clermont is snuggled in slightly rolling terrain around a chain of lakes and has homes with boat docks.

Gloucester, Virginia

Steeped in history, pretty Gloucester is along Mobjack Bay on the southern Virginia coast and overflows with stately homes.

Thayne, Wyoming

Thayne, once called "Little Switzerland," is on the northern edge of Wyoming's Star Valley, a scenic area within 100 miles of Yellowstone National Park.

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Henderson, Nevada

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

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Walla Walla, Washington

In a pretty region of the country, welcoming Walla Walla is known for its quaint downtown, wine culture and gentle ambiance. It is a great retirement spot!

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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.

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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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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