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"The sky and the strong wind have moved the spirit inside me till I am carried away trembling with joy." ~Uvavnuk

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Today's Short Review:

St. Joseph, Michigan

On the shores of Lake Michigan at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, picturesque St. Joseph, part of the "Riviera of the Midwest," is a charming little resort with scenic beaches, grassy parks and fun festivals. Is it a great place to retire?

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Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Along the Colorado River high in the Rocky Mountains of western Colorado, beautiful Glenwood Springs is touristy, collegiate and laid back. Outdoor recreation abounds, but the town is best known for it therapeutic waters and has the world's largest outdoor hot springs pool. Glenwood Springs is a great retirement spot!

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Gulfport, Florida

On the shores of Boca Ciega Bay, Gulfport is known for its Old Florida waterfront district and artsy, bohemian vibe.

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Concord, North Carolina

Comfortable Concord boasts three historic districts and is less than an hour from sprawling Lake Norman, the "island sea" of North Carolina.

Boulder City, Nevada

Set in a desert landscape punctuated with buttes and culverts, friendly Boulder City is 25 miles to the southeast of downtown Las Vegas and about five miles to the west of sprawling Lake Mead.

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Cottonwood, Arizona

In the rugged, high altitude Verde Valley of central Arizona, Cottonwood has a fun historic center, plenty of outdoor recreation, nearby wineries, safe neighborhoods and lots of sunshine. Is it a great place to retire?

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Carrabelle, Florida

A working fishing village and deep water seaport on the Florida Panhandle, Carrabelle has a nice beach and an Old Florida vibe.

Dundee, Oregon

A wine and foodie town, Dundee is nestled in the fertile countryside of northwestern Oregon's pretty Willamette Valley.

Apache Junction, Arizona

Tucked into a corner of the Superstition Mountains about 35 miles to the east of downtown Phoenix, modest, sun soaked Apache Junction grew up around the intersection of the Apache Trail and U.S. Route 60.

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Columbia, Missouri

Once the stomping grounds of Daniel Boone, leafy Columbia boasts excellent medical facilities, plenty of cultural amenities, a collegiate vibe, an OLLI and reasonably priced living. It is a great retirement spot!

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Ellenton, Florida

A quiet riverfront town, Ellenton has a rural quailty and an interesting mix of neighborhoods.

Jamestown, North Carolina

Along the shores of High Point Lake in hilly north central North Carolina, peaceful Jamestown was founded by Quakers in 1816.

Evergreen, Colorado

A small, upscale mountain hamlet, Evergreen has a lively downtown, an established theater company and homes that meld into the hills.

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Dunedin, Florida

Once home to Florida's largest sailing fleet, today Dunedin is known for its cute, walkable downtown, pretty marina and five miles of beautiful beaches. Is it a great place to retire?

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Sedona, Arizona

Known for its mystical red rock formations, seductive light and rejuvenative powers, Sedona is a spiritual vortex with beautiful homes. It is a great retirement spot!

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Port Salerno, Florida

On the St. Lucie River Inlet and straddling the scenic Manatee Pocket, Port Salerno is known for its seafood and recreational fishing.

Madison, Mississippi   

Madison, a pretty city on the banks of Ross R. Barnett Reservoir, has shaded neighborhoods and plenty of opportunities for outdoor adventure.

Christiansburg, Virginia

Christiansburg is an easygoing town in the lush rolling landscape of western Virginia and started out in 1792 as a stop along the Great Wilderness Road.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Beautiful Mount Pleasant is a Charleston suburb, known for its easy tempo, lovely homes, safe, leafy streets, clean beaches and more. Is it a great place to retire?

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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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