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99 Great Places to Retire in the U.S.


...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 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 2012

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 2012 in some of the most popular retirement and second home locations in the U.S.

Home Sales Price (Average)
New & Resale Homes
2012 - 2018
(click on a city for a detailed City Report)
    Price Price            
  2018 Change Change 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
City/Town thru Sep '17-'18 '12-'18 ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$)
Lake Placid, NY $430,000 51% 4% $285 $424 $346 $389 $415 $415
Cambridge, MA $1,079,000 25% 112% $863 $1,281 $699 $595 $525 $509
Southampton, NY $1,618,000 25% 50% $1,297 $1,314 $1,251 $1,385 $1,285 $1,079
Yarmouth, Cape Cod, MA $384,000 23% 90% $312 $271 $249 $209 $196 $202
Marietta, OH $193,000 20% 69% $161 $119 $120 $126 $120 $114
Half Moon Bay, CA $1,261,000 19% 84% $1,056 $1,054 $1,027 $894 $778 $685
Olympia, WA $331,000 16% 37% $286 $283 $270 $263 $245 $242
Bellingham, WA $413,000 14% 43% $363 $354 $327 $309 $300 $289
Fayetteville, AR $254,000 13% 35% $224 $217 $205 $204 $209 $188
Greenville, SC $256,000 13% 47% $226 $205 $182 $189 $178 $174

What Will Happen to Home Prices?

Home prices for 2018 are up from last year in 80% of our 99 great places. Four places in the Northeast have impressive home price gains this year, topped by alpine resort Lake Placid, New York.

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.



What's New on Site

12/13/18 Home prices updated for January - September, 2018
10/03/18 Crime Statistics updated for 2017
09/25/18 Taxes updated for 2018
09/16/18 Air Quality data updated for 2017

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