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The Best Places to Retire


...Are you searching for that great place to retire?
...Do you yearn for that weekend or vacation getaway 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 the Facts for Top Retirement
Locations 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 twenty quality of life characteristics, such as home price, air quality, water quality, medical care, taxes, climate and cost of living.

See which cities we rank the best at Top Ranked. 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. Read the City Blogs for the latest real estate and community news. New city and community facts are evaluated and added on a regular basis.

Home Prices Since 2007

A primary factor for most of us in choosing where to live in retirement is home price. But what about home prices? Just look at what average home sales prices have done since 2007 in some of the most popular retirement and second home locations in the U.S.

Home Sales Price (Average)
New & Resale Homes
2007 - 2013
(click on a city for a detailed City Report)
    Price Price            
  2013 Change Change 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007
City/Town thru Dec '12-'13 '07-'13 ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$)
Aspen, CO $2,005,000 54% 15% $1,303 $1,473 $1,499 $1,101 $1,463 $1,741
Provincetown, MA $599,000 43% 18% $419 $426 $503 $478 $438 $507
Newport Beach, CA $1,766,000 30% -7% $1,358 $1,314 $1,380 $1,252 $1,615 $1,889
Gatlinburg, TN $170,000 26% -23% $135 $129 $144 $184 $200 $220
Reno, NV $254,000 26% -8% $202 $194 $220 $256 $292 $277
Bend, OR $301,000 22% -22% $247 $224 $236 $253 $330 $387
Boca Raton, FL $349,000 22% -36% $287 $296 $326 $363 $423 $542
Henderson, NV $243,000 22% -42% $200 $185 $201 $224 $321 $417
South Lake Tahoe, CA $339,000 21% -32% $280 $284 $345 $348 $409 $498
Napa, CA $482,000 21% -29% $399 $390 $416 $411 $515 $680

What Will Happen to Home Prices?

It has been seven years in the making, but most of our 99+ top retirement cities have now managed a year-over-year home price gain. Aspen, CO tops all of our places with a home price gain of 54% for this year.

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 locations. 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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