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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 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
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 20 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. 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 2008

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 2008 in some of the most popular retirement and second home locations in the U.S.

Home Sales Price (Average)
New & Resale Homes
2008 - 2014
(click on a city for a detailed City Report)
    Price Price            
  2014 Change Change 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008
City/Town thru Nov '13-'14 '08-'14 ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$) ($$$)
Bigfork, MT $329,000 26% 5% $261 $300 $223 $389 $313 $313
Palm Springs, CA $362,000 19% -4% $305 $280 $270 $276 $297 $378
Napa, CA $570,000 18% 11% $482 $399 $390 $416 $411 $515
Monterey, CA $629,000 16% 5% $541 $497 $472 $532 $635 $600
Gulf Shores, AL $221,000 15% -20% $192 $174 $170 $188 $250 $276
Half Moon Bay, CA $894,000 15% 5% $778 $685 $682 $708 $613 $848
Burlington, VT $291,000 15% 8% $254 $254 $254 $254 $252 $270
Newport, RI $460,000 14% -10% $402 $405 $464 $455 $413 $511
Cambridge, MA $596,000 14% 6% $525 $509 $503 $515 $508 $561
Durango, CO $403,000 14% 35% $355 $340 $351 $373 $299 $299

What Will Happen to Home Prices?

The recovery of home prices continues with 70% of our great retirement cities seeing an increase in prices this year. Bigfork, a small town among the mountains and lakes of Montana, tops all of our places with a home price gain of 26% through November, 2014.

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.

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