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Today's Town Snapshots:

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.

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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.

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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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Niceville, Florida

Next to the Choctawhatchee Bay on Florida's western Panhandle, Niceville is popular with retirees and is known for its Boggy Bayou Mullet Festival.

Signal Mountain, Tennessee

On top of Walden Ridge in the Cumberland Plateau, Signal Mountain has a country feeling and a kind of mountain mystique.

Evans, Georgia

Just outside of Augusta in eastern Georgia, Evans sits in the middle of golf country and is quiet and safe.

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St. George, Utah

Sun drenched St. George is tucked in stunning desert scenery and growing fast. Its dry air, blue skies and plentiful outdoor recreation, including year-round golf, are just a few reasons why people come here. It is, in fact, a great retirement spot!

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina

An easygoing oceanfront town, Surfside Beach is on the Grand Stand and has two miles of white sand with 36 access points.

Surfside Beach Club: a Gated Community in Surfside Beach, South Carolina

Dotted with ponds and pretty vegetation, nearly half of Surfside Beach Club's single story homes back to water.

Gilbert, Arizona

Outside of Phoenix, Gilbert lands on "best places to live" lists and boasts plentiful shopping, good eateries and safe neighborhoods.

Trilogy at Power Ranch: a 55+ Enclave in Gilbert, Arizona   

Part of a larger, all ages development, Power Ranch has single story homes, a large clubhouse and a golf course.

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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.

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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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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