For decades, the snowbirds of the New York metropolitan area flocked to Florida for their retirement, while those from parts of the Midwest and Northwest favored Southern California's Palm Desert environs or its LeisureWorlds. But things evolve, including the trend of where people move to retire. The Phoenix area gained more older residents than any other large U.S. city between 2008 and 2010.

But we think the question shouldn't be, "where has everyone else gone?" We'd like to help our readers get out in front of the trend. So to that end, we offer you the following slideshow featuring some lesser-known gems that could rise on baby boomers' radar in the next few years. We found homes in three price ranges in each city, starting as low as $114,500, courtesy of Realtor.com.

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  • Instead Of Retiring In Phoenix...

  • Consider Tucson Instead

    Both are hot as Hades. The Phoenix area caters to retirees, and there are 55+ communities all over the place. Perhaps too many for those who would prefer living in a less homogenous place. Its housing stock is newer than Tucson's -- but so is its history and culture. Since both places require that you live in air conditioning for at least three months a year or risk melting into a puddle, we say the heat is a wash. We're looking at Tucson for better prices and a more authentic Arizona experience.

  • High: $500,000

    This five-bedroom, three-bath adobe home</a> designed by Louis Hall is about 4,000 square feet and sits on nearly two-and-a-half acres on Maguire Avenue. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1950-N-Maguire-Ave_Tucson_AZ_85715_M12800-36933" target="_hplink">via Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $500,000

    The home was built in 1967; the entry courtyard features a fountain. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1950-N-Maguire-Ave_Tucson_AZ_85715_M12800-36933" target="_hplink">via Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $500,000

    The great room offers polished brick floors, rough-sawn beamed and planked ceilings from the Mt. Lemmon sawmill, floor-to-ceiling exposed adobe fireplace, and sweeping and unobstructed Catalina Mountain views. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1950-N-Maguire-Ave_Tucson_AZ_85715_M12800-36933" target="_hplink">via Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $500,000

    The kitchen features granite countertops, stainless steel appliances and plenty of storage. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1950-N-Maguire-Ave_Tucson_AZ_85715_M12800-36933" target="_hplink">via Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $175,000

    This remodeled three-bedoom, two-bath home is roughly 1,800 square feet and has an office/den that can serve as a fourth bedroom. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3688-S-Escalante-Oasis-Pl_Tucson_AZ_85730_M16829-87272" target="_hplink">via: Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $175,000

    The home, built in 2002, has a gated built-in pool surrounded by low-care landscaping. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3688-S-Escalante-Oasis-Pl_Tucson_AZ_85730_M16829-87272" target="_hplink">via: Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $175,000

    The kitchen offers travertine counter tops with back splash and new stainless steel appliances. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3688-S-Escalante-Oasis-Pl_Tucson_AZ_85730_M16829-87272" target="_hplink">via: Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $175,000

    The great room is located off the kitchen and includes new oil-rubbed bronze hardware and custom upgraded window coverings. The home also offers new ceiling fans and light fixtures, and new carpet and pad in all bedrooms. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3688-S-Escalante-Oasis-Pl_Tucson_AZ_85730_M16829-87272" target="_hplink">via: Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $120,000

    For a mere $120,000 you can buy this cozy three-bedroom, two-bath home measuring 1,300 square feet. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8794-S-Desert-Valley-Way_Tucson_AZ_85747_M12291-15912" target="_hplink">via: Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $120,000

    The eat-in kitchen has ample countertops. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8794-S-Desert-Valley-Way_Tucson_AZ_85747_M12291-15912" target="_hplink">via: Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $120,000

    A spacious great room features tile and carpeting, a ceiling fan and floor-to-ceiling windows. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8794-S-Desert-Valley-Way_Tucson_AZ_85747_M12291-15912" target="_hplink">via: Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $120,000

    The serene backyard includes a covered patio with open area to the south. <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/8794-S-Desert-Valley-Way_Tucson_AZ_85747_M12291-15912" target="_hplink">via: Realtor.com</a>

  • Instead Of Retiring In Austin...

  • Consider Round Rock Instead

    Austin is a great place that non-Texans don't find scary, something that can't always be said for other parts of the state. There's a vibrant arts and culture scene, good food, greenery and even some tolerance. But just outside the city, there's Round Rock -- where you get all that for less money and without Austin's congestion.

  • High: $586,000

    This two-story Round Rock home boasts five bedrooms and four baths. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2205-Court-Del-Rey_Round-Rock_TX_78681_M74058-22451" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $586,000

    The large patio overlooks a private swimming pool. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2205-Court-Del-Rey_Round-Rock_TX_78681_M74058-22451" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $586,000

    This home has granite details throughout, a fire place, and a main floor bedroom. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2205-Court-Del-Rey_Round-Rock_TX_78681_M74058-22451" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $586,000

    via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2205-Court-Del-Rey_Round-Rock_TX_78681_M74058-22451" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $240,000

    This 2007 home has four bedrooms and three bathrooms, and boasts 2,748 square feet on 0.17 acres. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1902-Woodhaven-Ct_Round-Rock_TX_78665_M81811-18709" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $240,000

    The kitchen is open to the family room and has granite counters and stainless steel appliances. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1902-Woodhaven-Ct_Round-Rock_TX_78665_M81811-18709" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $240,000

    This home also has access to community amenities such as golf, tennis courts, and a bike path. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1902-Woodhaven-Ct_Round-Rock_TX_78665_M81811-18709" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $240,000

    via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/1902-Woodhaven-Ct_Round-Rock_TX_78665_M81811-18709" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $200,000

    This one-story home has three beds and three baths, with a separate shower and garden tub in one, and a walk-in oversized shower in the other. It is located on a 2,236 square foot lot on Flora Vista Loop. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3632-Flora-Vista-Loop_Round-Rock_TX_78681_M72494-43550" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $200,000

    The formal living room features high ceilings with crown moulding. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3632-Flora-Vista-Loop_Round-Rock_TX_78681_M72494-43550" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $200,000

    The kitchen features an island and opens to the family room. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3632-Flora-Vista-Loop_Round-Rock_TX_78681_M72494-43550" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $200,000

  • Instead Of Retiring In Hilton Head...

  • Consider St. Simons Island Instead

    The Peach State is not without appeal, or mosquitoes. We're thinking population density here. <a href="http://www.topretirements.com/reviews/Georgia/Saint_Simons.html" target="_hplink">St. Simons Island</a> is a resort-like community in southernmost George. It has about 14,000 people living on it, most of them rich. There are beautiful sandy beaches, big homes, and Spanish moss hanging from the live oaks as you play on world-class golf courses. Paradise and you likely never heard of it, right? And then there's Hilton Head Island, which we suspect you have heard of. Hilton Head, at the extreme southern edge of South Carolina, also has nice beaches and golf courses -- and a summer tourist season where 300,000 people crowd on to them both. We prefer to leave the crowds behind in the cities we left.

  • High: $599,000

    This four-bedroom, five-bath Spanish-style single-family home boasts 4,329 square feet. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/165-Rice-Ml_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M62076-26748" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $599,000

    The home features a covered deck and patio, and community association fees cover its ground keeping and management. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/165-Rice-Ml_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M62076-26748" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $599,000

    The kitchen offers a breakfast bar, a gas range, and a refrigerator with an ice machine.

  • High: $599,000

    via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/104-Meadows-Dr_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M68720-41174" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $399,000

    This four-bedroom, four-bath ranch built by Chris Carter is about 3,800 square feet and is located on <a href="http://www.hamptonclub.com/" target="_hplink">The Hampton Club </a>fairway. In addition to easy access to the golf course, this home has a fenced backyard and landscaped grounds. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/170-Rice-Ml_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M55615-10692" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $399,000

    The kitchen is equipped with granite countertops and a gas range. There is also an additional breakfast room and a formal dining room. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/170-Rice-Ml_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M55615-10692" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $399,000

    via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/170-Rice-Ml_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M55615-10692" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $399,000

    This home also has hardwood floors, a fireplace, and bedrooms located on the main floor. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/170-Rice-Ml_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M55615-10692" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $309,000

    This two-story, eight-room traditional home at 104 Meadows offers 1,600 square feet of living space on a quarter-acre. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/104-Meadows-Dr_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M68720-41174" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $309,000

    Interior features include built-in bookcases, ceiling fans and painted woodwork. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/104-Meadows-Dr_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M68720-41174" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $309,000

    The master bedroom boasts a walk-in closet. via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/104-Meadows-Dr_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M68720-41174" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Low: $309,000

    via <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/104-Meadows-Dr_St-Simons-Island_GA_31522_M68720-41174" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Instead Of Retiring Just Anywhere In Kansas...

  • Consider Lawrence Instead

    Yes, we said Kansas -- the flat, dry plains state that Dorothy couldn't wait to return to. Smack in the middle of the country, it's rare for anyone who isn't from Kansas to even consider retiring there. Bear with us, please. <a href="http://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/best-places-to-retire/articles/2007/09/20/best-places-to-retire-lawrence-kansas" target="_hplink">Lawrence is a college town that is lush and green </a>and even a little hilly (if you squint your eyes). It's also a Democratic stalwart in this otherwise Republican stronghold state. The big city of Kansas City is just a 30-minute drive away, it has good public transportation and a good hospital. Plus as a college town, you get an infusion of youthful energy and access to campus cultural life. The city of Lawrence is the seat of the only county in Kansas to vote against the state ban on same-sex marriages.

  • High:$415,000

    This four-bedroom, five-bathroom home is over 3,500 square feet and features two fireplaces. via: <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5004-W-18th-St_Lawrence_KS_66047_M84437-53358" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $415,000

    This home offers a spacious kitchen with plenty of storage. via: <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5004-W-18th-St_Lawrence_KS_66047_M84437-53358" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $415,000

    The great room features a ceiling fan and fireplace to cozy up to. via: <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5004-W-18th-St_Lawrence_KS_66047_M84437-53358" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • High: $415,000

    via: <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/5004-W-18th-St_Lawrence_KS_66047_M84437-53358" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $170,000

    This three-bedroom, two-bathroom home was built in 1995 and features a fireplace and three car garage. via: <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3425-W-28th-St_Lawrence_KS_66047_M71739-47153?ex=KS540817499" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $170,000

    The great room offers plenty of space for relaxation and windows for excellent lighting. via: <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3425-W-28th-St_Lawrence_KS_66047_M71739-47153?ex=KS540817499" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>

  • Medium: $170,000

    This home is equipped with an eat-in kitchen area, as well as a pantry and plenty of storage. via: <a href="http://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/3425-W-28th-St_Lawrence_KS_66047_M71739-47153?ex=KS540817499" target="_hplink">Realtor.com</a>