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"Midnight in the bookstore - where all the unsold books are telling stories." ~Dr. SunWolf

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Gulf Breeze, Florida

Idyllic, comfortable Gulf Breeze sits at the end of a peninsula on the western Florida Panhandle and is considered a suburb of Pensacola, which is just across the bay.

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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Maryville, Tennessee

In the wooded foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains in eastern Tennessee, Maryville boasts affordable living, safe neighborhoods, a beautiful library and outstanding outdoor recreation just down the road. It is a great place to retire?

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Apollo Beach, Florida

Quiet Apollo Beach is not far from Tampa and has canal-laced neighborhoods, good seafood restaurants, a manatee festival and more.

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Fairfield Bay, Arkansas

On the shores of pretty Greers Ferry Lake in the Ozark Mountains of rural northcentral Arkansas, Fairfield Bay was founded in the mid-1960s as a resort and retirement community.

Pasadena, California

Bounded by the San Rafael Hills and the Angeles National Forest in southern California, Pasadena has not only a famous parade but tree-lined neighborhoods, golf courses, theaters, a fun Old Town and more.

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Black Mountain, North Carolina

In scenic western North Carolina, where the Swannanoa Valley meets the Black Mountains, cozy Black Mountain boasts abundant outdoor recreation, safe neighborhoods, an artsy vibe and a certain mountain mystique. It is a great retirement spot!

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Winter Garden, Florida

Winter Garden, a pleasant town known for its cute downtown, boasts leafy neighborhoods, a fun farmers' market, a good parks system and more.

Bosque Farms, New Mexico   

Not far from Albuquerque, Bosque Farms started out as part of a Spanish land grant and remains rustic and rural today.

Manteo, North Carolina

On North Carolina's northern Outer Banks' island of Roanoke, this secluded waterfront village curves around quiet Shallowbag Bay.

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, part of South Carolina's Grand Strand, boasts white sand beaches, golf courses, fun shopping venues, great restaurants, reasonably priced homes and much more. Is it a great place to retire?

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Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fernandina Beach sits on idyllic Amelia Island, a barrier island known for its high-end resort hotels, golf courses and miles of white sand beaches.

Telluride, Colorado

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

Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Bay St. Louis is a low key town amid rivers, marshes and estuaries along the Bay of St. Louis and the Gulf of Mexico.

Goose Creek, South Carolina

Pleasant Goose Creek is outside of Charleston on the southern South Carolina coast and boasts a U.S. Navy presence.

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Daphne, Alabama

Along Mobile Bay, Daphne is a peaceful town with reasonably priced homes, leafy neighborhoods, gentle breezes, a languid pace, the famous Jubilee Festival and nearby white sand beaches.

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Tavares, Florida

Located in north central Florida, about 30 miles northwest of Orlando, mellow, semi-rural Tavares bills itself as "America's Seaplane City." It borders four large lakes and has several smaller ones within town limits.

Yachats, Oregon

Rustic and charming with a cute downtown, Yachats is in a breathtaking setting, surrounded by mountains and sea.

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St. Augustine, Florida

Romantic and full of history, St. Augustine sits on the northeastern Florida coast and has a charming downtown, miles of beaches and a scenic waterfront. 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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