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3/3/2010 - Asheville listed as top retirement destination
by Robert Powell

Asheville wins another online popularity contest. The list is compiled by, and here's how it was done, according to Robert Powell of MarketWatch, who wrote about it:

The 100 most popular retirement towns list is compiled by calculating the 100 towns with the most online visits of the 450 cities reviewed at The list is essentially a popularity contest; it reflects the towns that site visitors are the most interested in for retirement.

Here's what they say about Ashvegas:

Asheville, N.C. Asheville is a long-time favorite, said Brady. Part of its ongoing appeal is its climate (it's mild year round); its location (it's in the Blue Ridge Mountains; there's water everywhere for fishing and boating, and its downtown is walkable and dynamic); its housing stock (there's a wide range of upscale housing opportunities for seniors). What's not so special is that Asheville gets crowded in the summer and overdevelopment is coming.

Here's the rest of the top 10:

2. Sarasota, Fla.

3. Prescot, Ariz.

4. Paris, Tenn.

5. Austin, Texas

6. Green Valley, Ariz.

7. Winston-Salem, N.C.

8. Beaufort, S.C.

9. San Diego

10. Ft. Myers, Fla.

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