The 10 Best Places to Retire in 2012

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Affordable mountain town: Boone, N.C.

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N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Department

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, this small town is near three ski resorts and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway. The home of Appalachian State University provides a free local bus service and had a median home sale price of $215,250 in 2010.

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