Where is it? Council based in Sidmouth. Largest town Exmouth. District includes Budleigh Salterton, Ottery St Mary, Seaton, Axminster, Honiton and Budleigh Salterton.
Annual rainfall: Relatively high at 1214.8 mls (47.8 ins).
Sunshine hours per year: 1529.9.
Population: 132,900 (420 per sq mile).
Crime rate: 221.02, ranked 22nd.
Percentage who think "neighbours look out for each other": 91.72%.
Why here? Stunning countryside and traditional seaside resorts. Two thirds of the district is designated as areas of outstanding natural beauty: Exmouth to Lyme Regis and up to Honiton. To the north of Honiton is the Blackdown Hills. Add to that the fact that the entire East Devon coastline from Exmouth to the border with Dorset is part of the designated world heritage site, the Jurassic Coast.
What will it cost? Average: £247,299. Detached: £345,930; semi: £207,084; terrace: £180,241; flat: £197,739. Band D council tax 2012-13: £1,507.
Beauty spots: The Blackdown Hills. Budleigh Salterton's pebble beach and red cliffs. Exmouth, the western gateway world heritage coast site.
Culture/leisure fix: Thelma Hulbert Gallery in Honiton. Theatres in Sidmouth and Exmouth. Axe Valley Heritage Museum. Bicton Park Botanical Gardens.
Health Hospitals: Sidmouth (not inspected yet by CQC); Exmouth (not inspected yet by CQC); Honiton (not inspected yet by CQC); Budleigh Salterton (not inspected yet by CQC). Life expectancy: 79.5.
Getting around: A30/A303 links the M3 in the east to Exeter and the M5 in the west. Main stations at Axminster and Honiton – approx three hours to London. Exeter airport in East Devon.
The top 10 places to retire | Money | The Guardian
This month, the Times seems to agree - but with a particular mention for Sidmouth.
You don't have to be of retirement age to appreciate the place, though...
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