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Today's Short Review:

Charleston, South Carolina

Brimming with beautiful architecture and steeped in history, charming Charleston sits on the South Carolina coast where two rivers meet "to form the Atlantic Ocean." It has survived pirates, hurricanes and three wars. Is it a great place to retire?

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Melbourne Beach, Florida

Unhurried and glistening, Melbourne Beach sits on a barrier island and is known for its beautiful stretches of white sand beaches.

Dawsonville, Georgia  

Leafy and welcoming, Dawsonville is outside of Atlanta, not far from the North Georgia mountains, and is the site of the annual Mountain Moonshine Festival.

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Springtown, Texas  

Springtown is named for the cold springs that once bubbled from nearby hillsides and today is an affordable, fast-growing commuter town.

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Safety Harbor, Florida

Sleepy Safety Harbor is on Florida's Gulf Coast and is known for its quaint downtown, safe neighborhoods, pretty waterfront setting and friendly neighbors. It is a great retirement spot!

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Fort Walton Beach, Florida

On Florida's Emerald Coast, Fort Walton Beach is a fishing and beach resort town famous for its relaxed ambiance and powdery, white sand beaches.

Bardstown, Kentucky

Beautiful Bardstown is nestled in the bluegrass pastures of north central Kentucly and known as the "Bourbon Capital of the World."

Wickenburg, Arizona

Outside of booming Phoenix in southern Arizona, dusty, friendly Wickenburg sits on the banks of the Hassayampa River and was founded by gold miners.

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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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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.

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.

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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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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