Interesting enough, many of these are college towns

And perhaps that brings down the median income.  Anyway, it's good to know that I could move a short distance to Boone, North Carolina or to Murray, Kentucky and live off my social security.  Maybe that's why the retired former dean of continuing education always seems so happy lately.  From US News & World Report.

Stretching your payout: 10 Places to Retire on Social Security Alone
The average monthly Social Security benefit was $1,179 in March 2011. A couple who each earns that amount would have a retirement income of $28,296 annually. Here are a few places where the median household income is lower than the average Social Security benefit for a two-earner couple.

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