10 Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2019


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 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Texas.

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Feel like you deserve a mini-vacation at the end of every week? What if you could just stop working forever and have an indefinite vacation? That seems like a miracle, but that might just be your reality when you retire.

But when you imagine your retirement, what comes to mind? Spending your days volunteering at your favorite nonprofit, drinking a martini on the beach, traveling around the world, or just expanding your garden around your house?

There are so many options for retirement, it can easily become overwhelming. There are two questions everyone seems to ask: what will you do when you retire and where will you live?

Now, we may not be able to help you out on what you will be doing, but we can help you with where you want to live during retirement.

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.

So where are the best places to live in Texas? What is the best of the best when it comes to retirement cities? Luckily for you, HomeSnacks has crunched the numbers for you to find the answers to those questions.

We analyzed over 211 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? Azle, Texas. This peculiar name of a city won first place for retirement because of its low cost of living and its proximity to Fort Worth. 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 Texas state reading:

Azle, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,054
Rank Last Year: 214 (Up 213)
Median Rent: $845
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.

Fredericksburg, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 10,997
Rank Last Year: 276 (Up 274)
Median Rent: $933
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.

Benbrook, TX

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 22,403
Rank Last Year: 277 (Up 273)
Median Rent: $870
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Benbrook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Southlake, TX

Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 29,101
Rank Last Year: 310 (Up 306)
Median Rent: $1,287
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.

Dickinson, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,583
Rank Last Year: 208 (Up 204)
Median Rent: $754
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.

Santa Fe, TX

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,839
Rank Last Year: 215 (Up 209)
Median Rent: $926
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.”

Lockhart, TX

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 13,222
Rank Last Year: 180 (Up 173)
Median Rent: $819
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.

Angleton, TX

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 19,245
Rank Last Year: 211 (Up 203)
Median Rent: $794
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.

Denison, TX

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 23,080
Rank Last Year: 91 (Up 82)
Median Rent: $736
Distance to Closest Airport: 65 miles
More on Denison: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Denison is a city in Grayson County, Texas, United States. It is 75 miles north of Dallas. The population was 22,682 at the 2010 census. Denison is part of the Texoma region and is one of two principal cities in the Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Statistical Area. Denision is known as the birthplace of Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States.

Alice, TX

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 19,439
Rank Last Year: 99 (Up 89)
Median Rent: $708
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.

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Lone Star State for 2019

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 211 places from across the state.

For these 211, 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 211, with the lowest number being the best.

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

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Texas Yet…

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

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

  1. Humble
  2. Bellmead
  3. College Station

For more Texas reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Texas?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Azle 11,054 $845
2 Fredericksburg 10,997 $933
3 Benbrook 22,403 $870
4 Southlake 29,101 $1,287
5 Dickinson 19,583 $754
6 Santa Fe 12,839 $926
7 Lockhart 13,222 $819
8 Angleton 19,245 $794
9 Denison 23,080 $736
10 Alice 19,439 $708

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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