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"If you cannot be a poet, be the poem." ~David Carradine

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Jupiter, Florida

Known for its beautiful beaches and blue-green waters, Jupiter boasts swaying palm trees, glistening pastel-colored buildings and an abundance of golf courses.

Manteo, North Carolina

A charming, secluded waterfront village that curves around quiet Shallowbag Bay, Manteo dates from the 1800s and is popular with tourists.

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Buckeye, Arizona

Outside of Phoenix, Buckeye is growing quickly and is home to many master-planned communities.

Victory at Verrado: a Beautiful 55+ Neighborhood in Buckeye, Arizona

In a dramatic landscape of bluffs, buttes and ravines, Victory is a 55+ enclave within a larger, all ages community and has single family homes for sale.

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Smyrna, Tennessee

In rolling Middle Tennessee, Smyrna is quiet and reasonably priced with neighborhoods that are safe and leafy. Percy Priest Lake, 10,000 acres of sparkling water, is just outside of town and where many residents spend their time boating, fishing and camping. All of this makes Smyrna 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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Dolores, Colorado

In a canyon along a river deep in the spectacular Rocky Mountains, little Dolores is an outdoor adventure hub popular with rafters, cyclists, fishermen, skiiers, campers and others.

Cedar Bluff, Alabama

Next to Weiss Lake in northeastern Alabama, Cedar Bluff is a simple place with plenty of outdoor recreation and a reasonable cost of living.

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Outside of Charleston on the mid-South Carolina coast, Mount Pleasant is a prosperous city with tree-lined neighborhoods, bountiful gardens, elegant homes, pretty beaches and more. Is it a great place to retire?

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Ellenton, Florida

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

North River Estates: a 55+ Community in Ellenton, Florida   

Leafy and low key, North River Estates has manufactured homes, water views, woodland views and is pet friendly.

Madison, Mississippi  

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

Waldport, Oregon  

A rustic but comfortable waterfront village with an "old salt" ambiance, Waldport is just minutes from the 630,000-acre Siuslaw National Forest.

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Punta Gorda, Florida

Pretty Punta Gorda is on the southwestern Florida coast and boasts neighborhoods laced with canals, a quaint downtown, abundant water recreation and an easygoing charm. It is a great retirement spot!

Rio Villa Lakes: a Gated 55+ Community in Punta Gorda, Florida   

This small 55+ community has waterfront homes, a nice waterfall entry, a heated swimming pool and more.

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Royal Palm Beach, Florida

Laced with canals and dotted with lakes, Royal Palm Beach is primarily residential and has a cultural center, tidy neighborhoods and acres of open space and parkland.

Cornelius, North Carolina

Nestled along Lake Norman in rolling western North Carolina, Cornelius is a pretty community with an attractive downtown.

Manhattan, Kansas

Home to Kansas State University, leafy Manhattan often lands on "best places to live" lists and has a distinct collegiate atmosphere.

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Tyler, Texas

A friendly town in Texas' lush Piney Woods, Tyler is known as the "Rose Capital of America" and boasts the largest municipal rose garden in the U.S. The city also has a University of Texas campus, a ballet, a symphony orchestra and two lakes. Is it a great place to retire?

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Summerville, South Carolina

Just outside of Charleston in South Carolina, Summerville charms with its elegant homes, leisurely pace and bounty of colorful flower gardens. Neighbhorhoods are safe. The cost of living is reasonable and the town is growing. It is a great retirement spot!

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Stuart, Florida

Once a pirates' lair, today Stuart has a thriving boating and charter fishing industry and is known as the "Sailfish Capital of the World."

Monterey Yacht and Country Club: a Casual 55+ Community in Stuart, Florida   

On the banks of the St. Lucie River, this gated, settled 55+ community has condominiums, a yacht club and a good menu of activities.

Bozeman, Montana  

Surrounded by mountains and once just a dusty cow town, Bozeman is home to Montana State University and is a gateway to stunning Yellowstone National Park.

Bowling Green, Kentucky  

Situated in the rolling hills of western Kentucky, Bowling Green was once the capital of Confederate Kentucky and today is home to Western Kentucky University.

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Fort Collins, Colorado

Tucked at the foot of the beautiful Rocky Mountains in north central Colorado, Fort Collins is home to Colorado State University and has an educated populace, a lively atmosphere and a casual, Western way of life. Is it a great place to retire?

Sunflower: a 55+ Modular Home Community in Fort Collins, Colorado

Low maintenance homes, a clubhouse, neighborhood events and distant mountain views are Sunflower highlights.

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Aventura, Florida

Home to tall condos, marinas, swaying palms and amazing water views, Aventura is what many people think of when they picture Florida.

Point East: a Gated 55+ Condo Community in Aventura, Florida.

Reasonably priced homes, five swimming pools, a bowling alley and a waterfront walkway are Point East highlights.

Blue Ridge, Georgia

Tucked in the mountains of northern Georgia, Blue Ridge is a tourist destination and is becoming popular as a retirement spot.

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania  

Rural Mechicsburg has a quaint downtown, a long-running street fair and tidy neighborhoods with a variety of architectural styles.

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Oxford, Mississippi

Home to the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Oxford boasts a literary vibe, intellectual stimulation, a historic downtown and an intense football culture. 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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