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"The alternative to a vacation is to stay home and tip every third person you see." ~Author Unknown

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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.

Lexington, South Carolina

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

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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.

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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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Bardstown, Kentucky

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

Gilbert, Arizona

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

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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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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.

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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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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