Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2020


We analyzed over 211 places in Texas to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to retire in Texas.

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It's that time of your life when you deserve an indefinite vacation -- retirement. And while it might seem like a miracle, the reality is you're ready to hang up your hat and stirrups. So the question becomes where should your retire? The answer, of course, is one of these Texas towns.

If Florida is too beachy and California is too West Coast, then there is another state that many people consider for retirement living: Texas. That's right, this southern state is perfect for retirement. It is affordable, has amazing weather, and is a retirement hub for other like-minded older individuals. In Texas, you may not be surrounded by luscious green grass, but you can make a decent cactus garden, ride horses, and eat delicious BBQ.

But how you decide the best what's the best place to retire in the Longhorn State? Well, you might assume it would be a big city like Austin or Houston, but the reality is a little more nuanced. So we dug into the recent like the Census and FBI Crime data to determine the safest, most affordable places in Texas that still offer plenty to do on the weekends -- which is everyday for a retiree.

At the end of the day we answered that burning question that brought you here -- what are the best of the best when it comes to retirement cities in Texas? HomeSnacks has crunched the numbers for you to find the answers to this pressing question.

Why did Fredericksburg take the top spot? And where are Houston and San Antonio?

We analyzed over 209 cities in Texas to determine which cities are worthy of your extended vacation. We used several factors to determine retirement "worthiness," which included good weather, average population age, and cost of living.

And the winner? Fredericksburg, Texas. This peculiar name of a city won first place for retirement because of its low cost of living and its proximity to bigger cities. You can have the big city experience when you want it, but have a quiet getaway at the end of the day.

Other notable cities include Fredericksburg and Southlake, a city that got 10/10 on our snackability scale. That is a rare find, folks.

Want to see how your favorite Texan city stacked up? Read on to find out and to learn more about how we determined the best of the best cities in Texas for retirement.

For more Texas state reading:

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2020

Fredericksburg, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 11,157
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $943
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Fredericksburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Fredericksburg is the seat of Gillespie County, in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 Census, the city had a population of 10,530.

Lockhart, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,548
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $949
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Lockhart: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lockhart is a city in Caldwell County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat of Caldwell County. According to the 2010 census the population of Lockhart was 12,698. Lockhart and Caldwell County are within the Austin-Round Rock metropolitan area.

Azle, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 12,149
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $921
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Azle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Azle is a small city located in Parker and Tarrant counties in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 10,947.

Dickinson, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,529
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $785
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
More on Dickinson: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Dickinson is a city in Galveston County, Texas, within Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. The population was 18,680 at the 2010 census.

Angleton, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,410
Rank Last Year: -
Median Rent: $877
Distance to Closest Airport: 34 miles
More on Angleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Angleton is a city in and the county seat of Brazoria County, Texas, United States, within the Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area. Angleton lies at the intersection of State Highway 288, State Highway 35, and the Union Pacific Railroad. The population was 18,862 at the 2010 census. Angleton is in the 14th congressional district, and is represented by Republican Congressman Randy Weber.

Santa Fe, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,241
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $978
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
More on Santa Fe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Santa Fe is a city in Galveston County, Texas, United States. It is named for the Santa Fe Railroad which runs through the town alongside State Highway 6. The population of Santa Fe at the 2010 census was 12,222. Locals refer to their town as "The Fe."

Southlake, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,840
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $1,445
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Southlake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Southlake is a city located predominantly in Tarrant County with minor areas extending into Denton County in the U.S. state of Texas. Southlake is a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 26,575. Southlake is known for public schools, Southlake Town Square, its wealth, Gateway Church and Carroll High School's 8-time state champion Football and Men's Swim & Dive team.

Kerrville, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 23,216
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $831
Distance to Closest Airport: 52 miles
More on Kerrville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kerrville is a city in Kerr County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat of Kerr County. As of 2016, the population of Kerrville is 23,434. Kerrville is named after James Kerr, a major in the Texas Revolution, and friend of settler-founder Joshua Brown, who settled in the area to start a shingle-making camp.

Alice, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 19,146
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $713
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
More on Alice: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alice is a city in and the county seat of Jim Wells County, Texas, United States, in the South Texas region of the state. The population was 19,104 at the 2010 census. Alice was established in 1888. First it was called Bandana, then Kleberg and finally Alice after Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg, the daughter of Richard King, who established the King Ranch.

Benbrook, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,961
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Median Rent: $978
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Benbrook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Lone Star State for 2020

To create our list of the best places in Texas to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the Lone Star State -- 1687 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 10,000 people that weren't townships. This left us with 209 places from across the state.

For these 209, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI's Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 209, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Fredericksburg, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Texas Yet...

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Texas goes to Fredericksburg.

If you're not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. College Station
  2. Addison
  3. Humble

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Texas?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Fredericksburg 11,157 $943
2 Lockhart 13,548 $949
3 Azle 12,149 $921
4 Dickinson 20,529 $785
5 Angleton 19,410 $877
6 Santa Fe 13,241 $978
7 Southlake 30,840 $1,445
8 Kerrville 23,216 $831
9 Alice 19,146 $713
10 Benbrook 22,961 $978

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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