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Today's Town Snapshots:

Ormond Beach, Florida

Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Halifax River on Florida's northeastern coast, Ormond Beach has an orange beach lined by tall hotels with beachfront pools.

Davis, California   

An active small city with an educated population, Davis is enviromentally-friendly, progressive and the site of the University of California - Davis campus.

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Loudon, Tennessee

Nestled in the foothills of eastern Tennessee's lush Great Smoky Mountains, charming Loudon was once a busy Tennessee River steamship port and is named after nearby Fort Loudoun.

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Sebastian, Florida

A sleepy town along the Indian River Lagoon, Sebastian is home to the country's first wildlife refuge and most biologically diverse estuary. People live here, too.

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Saugatuck, Michigan

Once a lumber port town, charming Saugatuck is on Lake Michigan's sandy eastern shore and boasts an artsy vibe.

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Bella Vista, Arkansas

Peaceful Bella Vista is nestled in northwestern Arkansas' lush Ozark Mountain foothills and appeals to people seeking beautiful mountain scenery, abundant lake recreation, tons of amenities and reasonably priced housing. It is a great retirement spot!

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Buckeye, Arizona

Outside of Phoenix, booming Buckeye sits in a green landscape of cotton and alfalfa fields and has many master-planned communities.

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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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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.

Seabrook, Texas

Along Galveston Bay, Seabrook has a suburban quality and is known for its large boating community.

Blue Ridge, Georgia

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

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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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Weeki Wachee, Florida

About an hour north of Tampa, the rural Weeki Wachee area grew up around the famous Weeki Wachee Springs tourist attraction.

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.

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."

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Englewood, Florida

Facing Lemon Bay on the southwestern Florida coast, mellow Englewood has an old fashioned Florida vibe, nearby barrier island beaches, a cute downtown, excellent fishing and more. Is it a great place to retire?

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Hobe Sound, Florida

A quiet town on the Florida coast, Hobe Sound boasts a cute downtown and a secret beach with nearly empty sand.

Casas Adobes, Arizona

In one of Tucson's oldest neighborhoods, Casas Adobes has mountains all around and boasts a regional shopping venue.

Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

Sleepy Mechanicsburg is in the Cumberland Valley, an agricultural region, just west of Harrisburg (the state capital) and the Susquehanna River in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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Madison, Georgia

Madison, a picturesque showcase of an earlier place and time, boasts elegant historic homes, tree lined lanes, a cute downtown, nearby lake recreation and more. 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? 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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