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"Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be." ~Grandma Moses

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Debary, Florida

Bordered by Lake Monroe, the St. John's River and the Lower Wekiva River Preserve State Park, DeBary is dotted with thousands of live oaks, cypress trees and southern magnolias.

Billings, Montana

Billings, once an actual Wild West town, sits in a rimrock canyon carved by the Yellowstone River and boasts leafy neighborhoods.

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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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Lake Mary, Florida

This pretty city of lakes started out as a citrus farming center and today is a semi-rural bedroom community known for its high quality of life.

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Fletcher, North Carolina

Nestled in scenic western North Carolina, Fletcher sits in hilly terrain and has a suburban, country vibe.

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Sandpoint, Idaho

On the northern shore of sparkling Lake Pend Oreille and surrounded by blue-hued mountains, rugged, trendy Sandpoint boasts a nice downtown, fun festivals and a bounty of outdoor recreation. Is it also a great place to retire?

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Palm Coast, Florida

A pleasant place along the northeastern Florida coast, Palm Coast started as a planned community. Many of its homes back to a canal.

Gold Beach, Oregon   

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

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Athens, Georgia

Outside of Atlanta, leafy Athens is known as the "Classic City" and is home to the University of Georgia. With a lively atmosphere, a fun downtown, strong senior programs, a rich cultural scene and stately architecture, it is a great retirement spot!

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Hernando Beach, Florida

Dredged from wetlands and the ocean floor, mellow Hernando Beach boasts direct Gulf access and homes that back to canals.

Lexington, South Carolina

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

Springtown, Texas

On a rolling prairie outside of Fort Worth, Springtown is named for the cold springs that once bubbled from nearby hillsides and today is a growing commuter town.

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Tucson, Arizona

A college town with a pretty mountain desert setting, Tucson is one of one of the oldest continually inhabited areas in the country. It is also diverse, reasonably priced and home to an OLLI. Is it a great place to retire?

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Oldsmar, Florida

On the northern tip of Tampa Bay, Oldsmar has waterfront homes and a huge flea market.

Blacksburg, Virginia

In the scenic Appalachian Mountains, bucolic Blacksburg is the setting for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) and is a classic college town.

Paia, Hawaii

Popular with surfers, Paia is on Maui's north shore and boasts colorful shops, a quiet beach and a laid back attitude.

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Sequim, Washington

Tucked amid lavender farms, strawberry farms and raspberry farms on the scenic Olympic Peninsula in western Washington, cozy Sequim is quiet and relaxed. The downtown is cute; the scenery is beautiful, and outdoor recreation abounds. 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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