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Today's Short Review:

Brookings, Oregon

On Oregon's stunning southern coast, Brookings is surrounded by pristine mountains and thick forests. It has quiet beaches, an attractive downtown, a farmers' market, art galleries and the ever popular Winter Art and Chocolate Festival. Is it also a great place to retire?

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Oldsmar, Florida

Peaceful and residential, Oldsmar boasts compact, leafy neighborhoods with narrow lanes and waterfront homes.

Blowing Rock, North Carolina  

A resort town with stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blowing Rock has been attracting tourists and vacationers since the late-1800s.

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Chetola Resort: a Wooded Resort Outside of Blowing Rock, North Carolina

This leafy lakeside resort has an inn, a lodge and condominium accommodations, some of which are for sale.

Fallon, Nevada  

Situated in a green landscape of cantaloupe fields and alfalfa crops, quiet Fallon is home to Naval Air Station Fallon, where elite fighter pilots ("top guns") are trained.

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Traverse City, Michigan

Charming Traverse City beckons with its beautiful waterfront setting, unsurpassed outdoor recreation and robust cultural and foodie scene. Neighborhoods are leafy. Festivals are many. Nearly 150 deep water lakes are nearby. All of which make Traverse City a great retirement spot!

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Key West, Florida

Originally a Spanish fishing village, today Key West draws tourists from around the world with its tropical vibe, famous Duval Street and unique architecture.

Murray, Kentucky

Murray is home to Murray State University and just 20 minutes from Land Between the Lakes, a huge national recreation area.

Powell, Wyoming

Set amid gently rolling hills, yellow buttes and waving prairie grass, Powell is the authentic American West.

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Sunset Beach, North Carolina

An unassuming vacation destination with a mature demographic, Sunset Beach sits on the mainland and on a barrier island. Five golf courses and an often empty beach are highlights. Is it a great place to retire?

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Yulee, Florida

With marshes and inlets on one side and the beaches of Fernandina Beach and Amelia Island not far away, Yulee is growing but still has a country flavor.

Lumber Creek: a Master Planned Community in Yulee, Florida   

New single level homes, a pastoral quality and proximity to Amelia Island make this development popular with baby boomers.

Gold Beach, Oregon  

With a gorgeous setting on Oregon's rugged southern coast, Gold Beach is popular with fishermen, outdoor lovers and retirees.

Turtle Creek: a Cute Cottage Community in Gold Beach, Oregon   

Beach access, a fishing guide, classes and little homes for sale and lease are Turtle Creek highlights.

Edisto Beach, South Carolina  

Tiny Edisto Beach is at the mouth of the Edisto River on the southern South Carolina coast and is a quiet seaside community with four miles of pristine beach.

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Vero Beach, Florida

On Florida's "Treasure Coast," laid back Vero Beach boasts a quiet ambiance with gentle trade winds, miles of white sand beaches, colorful shops and peaceful neighborhoods. All of which make it a great retirement spot!

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Indian Harbour Beach, Florida

Sitting on a barrier island, Indian Harbour Beach is a casual place known for its stretch of white powdery sand mixed with coarse red seashell sand.

Mesquite, Nevada

About half way between Las Vegas, Nevada and St. George, Utah, Mesquite is a resort and gambling town with safe, quiet neighborhoods.

Sun City: a Large 55+ Community in Mesquite, Nevada

This gated community is being built by DelWebb and has single family homes, a beautiful recreation center, an 18 hole golf course and more.

Fairfield Bay, Arkansas

On the shores of pretty Greers Ferry Lake in the Ozark Mountains, Fairfield Bay has a mountain ambiance and is popular with vacationers and retirees.

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Lewes, Delaware

One of several towns that make up Delaware's popular beach resort area, Lewes is quaint and touristy. The downtown is cute, and the beaches are clean. History abounds. Is Lewes a great place to retire?

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Gulf Breeze, Florida

Idyllic Gulf Breeze sits at the end of a peninsula on the western Florida Panhandle and has the kind of white sand beaches and azure waters found on old-fashioned picture postcards.

Columbus, North Carolina

Tucked in the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, Columbus is nice little town in a growing wine and equestrian region and started out in the mid-1800s.

Hot Springs, South Dakota

On the southern edge of the Black Hills National Forest, the pretty, unassuming hamlet of Hot Springs is known for its healing mineral waters.

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Sequim, Washington

On Washington's magnificent Olympic Peninsula, cozy Sequim is nestled amid lavender farms and fruit farms. It is a quiet place, far from the hectic pace of modern life. Elk graze outside of town, and outdoor recreation abounds. It is a great retirement spot!

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Citrus Springs, Florida

This low key town/master planned community has a country quality, a couple of golf courses, planned events and no HOA fees.

Tybee Island, Georgia

Both a barrier island and a beach town, Tybee Island is an idyllic, casual vacation destination with an iconic lighthouse and dramatic sand dunes.

Pocatello, Idaho   

Home to Idaho State University, Pocatello is a peaceful city with a nice Old Town, a beautiful performing arts center and nearby outdoor recreation venues.

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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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