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"If you want to forget all your other troubles, wear too tight shoes." ~Author Unknown

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Today's Short Review:

Orange Beach, Alabama

With sugar white sand, emerald waters and tall, gleaming beachside condos, Orange Beach looks like a picture postcard and is a favorite vacation destination. Is it also a great place to retire?

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Tequesta, Florida

Beautiful, balmy Tequesta is burrowed between two waterways on Florida's southeastern coast and is part of the Jupiter Inlet.

Southport, North Carolina

With an idyllic coastal setting, the little working fishing village of Southport boasts marinas, salty air and a well-worn waterfront dock.

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Summerville, South Carolina

Just outside of Charleston in South Carolina, Summerville charms with its elegant homes, leisurely pace, safe neighborhoods and bounty of colorful flower gardens. It is a great retirement spot!

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Spanish Fort, Alabama

On Mobile Bay's eastern shore, Spanish Fort has a history that dates back to 1712 and is primarily residential.

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Santa Barbara, California   

A mellow, upscale seaside city in a gorgeous setting, Santa Barbara is known as the "American Riviera" and still has much of the old California magic.

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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Marquette, Michigan

Marquette is a pretty seaport on the shores of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and boasts a scenic waterfront, two beaches, dozens of parks, several theaters, a university, a regional medical center and more. 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 a collection of suburbs with a country flavor.

Murray, Kentucky

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

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St. George, Utah

Healthy living, plenty of golf, a dry climate and sun drenched beauty are St. George highlights. It is a great retirement spot!

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Bay Harbor Islands, Florida

Bay Harbor Islands is a sun-soaked town that sits on two small islands along the southeastern Florida coast just east of North Miami.

Columbus, North Carolina

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

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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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Niceville, Florida

Once known as Boggy Bayou, Niceville is located along the Choctawhatchee Bay on Florida's western Panhandle coast and is popular with military families and retirees.

Sewanee, Tennessee

Home to the University of the South, cozy Sewanee sits atop the Cumberland Plateau in pretty south central Tennessee and has a lively collection of dining and shopping establishments.

Mesquite, Nevada

Located on the Colorado River in southern Nevada, Mesquite, once just a dusty, desert outpost, today is a gambling resort that draws three million tourists per year.

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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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