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Today's Town Snapshots:

Tavares, Florida

Mellow Tavares bills itself as "America's Seaplane City" and borders four large lakes with several smaller ones within its borders.

Royal Harbor: a 55+ Lakeside Community in Tavares, Florida   

This waterfront community has single level, single family homes (some with a boat dock), a clubhouse and an activities director.

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Palmer Lake, Colorado  

Tucked against the majestic Rocky Mountains in central Colorado, little Palmer Lake exudes a mountain vibe and boasts sweeping views.

Port Costa, California  

A quirky bayside town about 30 miles from San Francisco, Port Costa is off the beaten path and undergoing somewhat of a renaissance.

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Sheridan, Wyoming

On a prairie in the shadow of the Big Horn Mountains in wide-open north central Wyoming, Sheridan embodies the American West. It is safe, down to earth, full of practical folks and proud of its heritage. It is a great place to retire?

The Powderhorn: a Golf Community in Sheridan, Wyoming   

Elegant single family homes, a large clubhouse, plenty of golf and beautiful views are what bring retirees and others to The Powderhorn.

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San Antonio, Florida

Slightly overgrown and near Lake Jovita, San Antonio has a rural quality, some fun festivals and a quiet way of life.

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Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club: a Gated 55+ Community in San Antonio, Florida   

A large, gated community, Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club has single family homes, 27 holes of golf, three swimming pool, pet parks and more.

Pinehurst, North Carolina

Beautiful Pinehurst was originally designed to resemble an English village and today is a golf destination popular with vacationers and retirees.

Pinehurst Trace: a Wooded 55+ Community in Pinehurst, North Carolina   

With low maintenance brick homes nestled in the trees, Pinehurst Trace has a hushed quality. Amenities include a clubhouse, a swimming pool and more.

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Boone, North Carolina

Nestled in beautiful mountain scenery and once the stomping grounds of frontiersman Daniel Boone, growing Boone is home to Appalachian State University and has a nice downtown, fun festivals, academic events, outstanding outdoor recreation and more. It is a great retirement spot!

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Ormond Beach, Florida

Once the home of John D. Rockefeller, Ormond Beach has a downtown riverwalk, an orange-tinted beach and is popular with "snowbirds."

Plantation Bay: an Amenity-Rich Community in Ormond Beach, Florida   

Large, gated and a favorite with baby boomers, Plantation Bay has 45 holes of golf, 10 tennis courts, resort-style pools and a variety of home styles.

Oak Harbor, Washington  

On the northern end of Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor is a waterfront hamlet with a cute downtown and authentic, weathered charm.

Smithfield, Virginia

The home of Smithfield Foods, Smithfield is known for its pig statues and beautiful Colonial, Federal, Georgian and Victorian architecture.

Church Square: a Cozy 55+ Community in Smithfield, Virginia   

A quiet development, Church Square has attached homes, tree-lined streets and a small clubhouse with a swimming pool.

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St. Simons, Georgia

Tucked on a barrier island off Georgia's southern coast, seductive St. Simons is known for its canopied lanes, understated elegance, rich history, long beaches and beautiful homes. It captivates nearly everyone, but is it a great place to retire?

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Trinity, Florida

About 15 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Trinity is comprised of named neighborhoods, gated communities and streets that wind around lakes.

Heritage Springs: a Large 55+ Community in Trinity, Florida   

Established and gated, Heritage Springs has single family homes, town homes and a golf course.

Etowah, North Carolina

In a scenic valley on the edges of the Blue Ridge Mountains, little Etowah is popular with people who want to live in trendy, neighboring Asheville but cannot quite afford it.

Riverwind: a Pet-Friendly 55+ Community in Etowah, North Carolina   

Clean and nicely landscaped, Riverwind has manufactured homes and a secluded setting with beautiful mountain views.

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Bella Vista, Arkansas

Tucked amid lakes and mountain scenery, peaceful Bella Vista appeals to retirees with its reasonably priced homes, bounty of amenities, safe neighborhoods, friendly neighbors and outstanding outdoor recreation. It is a great retirement spot!

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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.

Telluride, Colorado

Nestled in breathtaking scenery in remote southwestern Colorado, trendy, mellow Telluride sits in a forested box canyon and is known for its festivals and champagne powder.

Boothbay, Maine  

On the rugged Maine coast, Boothbay is an old fishing village with a working class sensibility, a touristy boardwalk and salt-laden air.

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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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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.

La Quinta, California  

Near the Santa Rosa Mountains, pretty La Quinta is home to the world-famous PGA West golf complex and popular with tourists and "snowbirds."

Watercolors: an Attractive 55+ Community in La Quinta, California   

This 55+ community has single family homes, a Mediterranean theme and subsidized prices.

Lexington, South Carolina  

Just two hours away from everything (according to locals), Lexington boasts reasonable prices and nearby lake recreation.

Land's End: a Waterfront Community in Lexington, South Carolina   

Gated Land's End has two private beaches, condominiums for sale and amazing Lake Murray views.

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Georgetown, Texas

Along the San Gabriel River in lush central Texas, friendly Georgetown boasts a beautifully restored downtown, a colorful flower festival, safe neighborhoods and a casual way of life. It is a great retirement spot!

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Mexico Beach, Florida

With sugar white sand and turquoise waters, idyllic Mexico Beach sits along the Florida panhandle and is known as "Mayberry on the Water."

Pflugervile, Texas

Settled in the 1850s by a German immigrant, Pflugerville is a comfortable, wholesome bedroom community and lands on "best places to live" lists.

Easley, South Carolina  

Lush and low key, Easley is nestled at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in northwestern South Carolina and boasts a country ambiance.

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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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