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"We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails." ~Unknown

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Today's Town Snapshots:

Longwood, Florida

Outside of Orlando in northeastern Florida, Longwood is quiet, leafy and suburban.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Part of Delaware's touristy beach resort area, Rehoboth Beach is known for its boardwalk and classic seaside vibe.

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Winchester, Virginia

Surrounded by apple orchards deep in northern Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, Winchester is a nice town rich in history.

Willow Lawn Cottages: a Small 55+ Community in Winchester, Virginia

This peaceful community is an established place and has 124 single family homes, a clubhouse and a nearby coffeehouse.

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Tubac, Arizona

Dusty, understated and chic, Tubac boasts art galleries, good restaurants, cobbled streets, interesting home styles and an unhurried pace. It is a great retirement spot!

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Hudson, Florida

Once a fishing and shrimping community, today Hudson is popular with bargain-seeking "snowbirds," sun-worshiping vacationers and nudists.

Grand Junction, Colorado

On a high desert plateau in western Colorado, unassuming Grand Junction has a mix of outdoor types, families, college kids and retirees.

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Bar Harbor, Maine   

Touristy Bar Harbor sits on a scenic, rock-bound coast and boasts breathtaking views, a darling downtown and a rich maritime culture.

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Port Orange, Florida

Nestled on the Intracoastal Waterway, Port Orange is a pleasant, well-managed city with safe neighborhoods, nice shopping venues, fun festivals, plenty of green spaces and reasonable costs. Is it a great place to retire?

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Indian Shores, Florida

The small barrier island community of Indian Shores is a balmy, relaxed place without the crowds found in nearby communities.

Barefoot Beach Resort: a Colorful Condo Community in Indian Shores, Florida

On the southern end of Indian Shores, Barefoot Beach Resort, a condominium community, spreads across five acres and overlooks the Intracoastal Waterway.

Reno, Nevada

Reno sits at the base of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in western Nevada and is about an hour north of stunning Lake Tahoe.

Due West, South Carolina

The quaint little college town of Due West is in South Carolina's Upcountry, an area rich in Revolutionary War and Civil War history and far from the coast.

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Wimberley, Texas

Nestled amid cypress trees and bluebonnets, sleepy Wimberley boasts a gentle charm, an artsy sensibility and an easygoing pace. The town square is quaint and touristy. Neighborhoods are peppered with pecan trees. Modern day stresses seem far away. All of which make Wimberley a great retirement spot!

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Beaufort, North Carolina

Once home to pirates, rum runners and sea captains, this waterfront hamlet is now popular with history lovers, romantics, water aficionados and retirees.

Manzanita, Oregon  

A cozy seaside village, Manzanita rests in the shadow of Neah-Kah-Nie Mountain on the scenic northern Oregon coast and has a cute downtown.

Spanish Fort, Alabama  

Spanish Fort sits across the bay from Mobile on Mobile Bay's eastern shore and has a history that dates back to 1712.

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Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

Tucked in a peaceful valley and surrounded by mushroom farms, Kennett Square is steeped in history. Its leafy neighborhoods are stocked with prim homes. The downtown is cute and touristy. The annual Mushroom Festival is a must-attend event. Is Kennett Square a great place to retire?

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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.

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario  

On the shores of Lake Ontario, historic Niagara-on-the-Lake is has a lovely downtown, is popular with tourists and might be Canada's prettiest town.

Twin Falls, Idaho  

Nestled along the Snake River, Twin Falls is known for dramatic Shoshone Falls, a nearby series of waterfalls that are actually taller than Niagara Falls.

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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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Steinhatchee, Florida

On the rural Big Bend coast, the relaxed little fishing village of Steinhatchee makes its home, attracting tourists and fishermen alike.

Steinhatchee Landing Resort: a Secluded Resort in Steinhatchee, Florida

Quaint and seductive, Steinhatchee Landing Resort boasts a boat dock, a spa, a swimming pool and charming cottages, some of which are occasionally for sale.

Valdese, North Carolina

Founded by Italian Waldensian immigrants, Valdese has a scenic setting and is proud of its unique Old World heritage.

Sebastopol, California

Twenty miles inland from the Pacific Ocean, Sebastopol is surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards and has a bohemian vibe.

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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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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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