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99 Best Places to Retire


...Are you searching for that great place to retire?
...Do you yearn for that weekend or vacation home?
...Do you just want to put your hard earned dollars to work
in thriving real estate markets?

Whatever your purpose, begin your search right here!

Track Facts for the Best Retirement
Cities in the U.S.

We research a top collection of 99 towns and cities across the U.S. (see large map). Compare the cities using 21 quality of life characteristics, such as home price, air quality, water quality, medical care, taxes and cost of living. See which places we rank the best at Top Ranked Cities. If you don't agree with our rankings, find your own best place with a custom ranking at My City Rank.

Create a detailed City Report with charts, facts and figures for all twenty quality of life traits. Compare Retirement Cities in a unique side-by-side format. New city and community facts are evaluated and added on a regular basis.

Home Prices Since 2010

A primary factor for most of us in choosing where to live in retirement is home price. Look at what average home sales prices have done since 2010 in some of the most popular retirement and second home locations in the U.S.

Home Sales Price (Average)
New & Resale Homes
2010 - 2016
(click on a city for a detailed City Report)
    Price Price            
  2016 Change Change 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
City/Town thru Dec '15-'16 '10-'16 ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$)
Kailua, Oahu, HI $1,396,000 46% 25% $956 $1,318 $1,119 $1,119 $1,119 $1,119
Lake Placid, NY $424,000 23% 2% $346 $389 $415 $415 $415 $415
Newport, RI $516,000 20% 13% $431 $456 $402 $405 $464 $455
Gatlinburg, TN $164,000 20% 14% $137 $152 $170 $135 $129 $144
Boulder, CO $739,000 19% 53% $622 $555 $543 $497 $505 $483
Carolina Beach, NC $289,000 16% 19% $250 $257 $251 $253 $251 $243
Port Townsend, WA $329,000 15% 21% $286 $277 $268 $262 $279 $273
Park City, UT $741,000 14% 48% $648 $591 $592 $546 $529 $502
Newport Beach, CA $2,018,000 14% 46% $1,776 $1,721 $1,765 $1,358 $1,314 $1,380
Winter Haven, FL $148,000 13% 35% $131 $116 $110 $100 $94 $110

What Will Happen to Home Prices?

Home prices for 2016 are up from 2015 in 75% of our 99 great places. Beach paradise Kailua, Hawaii and small, mountain town Lake Placid, New York top all of our places with home price gains of, respectively, 46% and 23%.

The affluent and ever mobile baby boomers are having an undeniable impact on the second home and retirement home market. As boomers enter the market for that new home, premiums will be placed on those properties that offer healthy and fun lifestyles in attractive natural settings.

You need to make an informed decision about that retirement or second home destination. Get out there and visit some of your favorite places. Find out what others are already learning about that great place in the mountains, by the shore or by the golf course that you can call your own.

Your source for facts about the best retirement cities in the U.S. is right here.

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