These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2018


We analyzed over 203 places in Texas to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Texas.

But where exactly in Texas? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Texas that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Azle don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the Lone Star State to retire for 2018:

  1. Azle (Homes For Sale)
  2. Fredericksburg (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Benbrook (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Southlake (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Dickinson (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Santa Fe (Homes For Sale)
  7. Lockhart (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Angleton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Denison (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Alice (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details. Or check out the purely worst and best places to live in Texas.

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

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 with a population of at least 5,000 that aren’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.

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1. Azle

Azle, Texas

Population: 11,054
Median Rent: $845
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,148
More on Azle: Homes For Sale | Data
The first recorded settlement at the site occurred in 1846, when a young doctor named James Azle Stewart moved into a cabin built by a Dutchman named Rumsfeldt. Other settlers came and established themselves near the local streams, Ash Creek, Silver Creek, and Walnut Creek. Stewart helped establish the first cemetery, Ash Creek. The oldest graves there are those of Dave Morrison (1849?1874) and W. P. Gregg (1833?1874). The first post office opened in 1881, and the town took the name of O’Bar, in honor of the man who obtained the postal service. A short time later in 1883, the name was changed at the request of Stewart, who donated the land for a townsite, in order to have the town named Azle. The community’s economy was based on agriculture. Multiple crops were grown, including wheat, corn, peanuts, sorghum, and cotton. Watermelons, cantaloupes, peaches, plums, and pears were also produced. Dairy farming became important in the early decades of the twentieth century, when local milk products were sold to creameries in Fort Worth. The population of Azle grew steadily, and by 1920, the census recorded 150 residents. By 1933, State Highway 34 (later State Highway 199), had reached Azle from Fort Worth, greatly improving transportation capabilities between the town and the city. Also, Eagle Mountain Lake was formed by a dam on the Trinity River, east of Azle.

2. Fredericksburg

Fredericksburg, Texas

Population: 10,997
Median Rent: $933
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,864
More on Fredericksburg: Homes For Sale | Data
The Vereins Kirche, the Pioneer Museum Complex, Pioneer Memorial Library, and other architecture.

3. Benbrook

Benbrook, Texas

Population: 22,403
Median Rent: $870
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,200
More on Benbrook: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Southlake

Southlake, Texas

Population: 29,101
Median Rent: $1,287
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,426
More on Southlake: Homes For Sale | Data
The Southlake area was settled by pioneers in the 1840s, but was not incorporated as Southlake until 1956, four years after Grapevine Lake was finished. Before incorporation, the settlements of Whites Chapel, Dove, Union Church and Jellico made up present day Southlake. The area remained rural until the completion of the DFW International Airport in the 1970s. Due to the close proximity to the airport, Southlake became a boom-burb throughout the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. As of 2012, Southlake’s population is almost at full capacity, with around 27,000 residents. The expected build-out population is projected around 34,000 residents.

5. Dickinson

Dickinson, Texas

Population: 19,583
Median Rent: $754
Distance to Closest Airport: 17 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,558
More on Dickinson: Homes For Sale | Data
Dickinson is located on a tract of land granted to John Dickinson in 1824, and named after him. A settlement had been established in this area on Dickinson Bayou before 1850. The Galveston, Houston, and Henderson Railroad was built directly through Dickinson. This line was used in the American Civil War to successfully retake Galveston.

6. Santa Fe

Santa Fe, Texas

Population: 12,839
Median Rent: $926
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,705
More on Santa Fe: Homes For Sale | Data
In 1877, the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway was built through the western part of Galveston county. By the turn of the century, three small, unincorporated towns had formed along the railway: Alta Loma, Arcadia and Algoa. The Santa Fe Independent School District, named after the railway, was established shortly afterward to serve the area.

7. Lockhart

Lockhart, Texas

Population: 13,222
Median Rent: $819
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,677
More on Lockhart: Homes For Sale | Data
The city of Lockhart is named after Byrd Lockhart, an assistant surveyor of Green DeWitt and reportedly the first Anglo to set foot in Caldwell County. Lockhart was the site of a victory of the Texans over the Comanche, at the Battle of Plum Creek in 1840. Lockhart was originally called ‘Plum Creek’ but the name was later changed to Lockhart.

8. Angleton

Angleton, Texas

Population: 19,245
Median Rent: $794
Distance to Closest Airport: 34 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,234
More on Angleton: Homes For Sale | Data
Angleton was founded in 1890 near the center of Brazoria County and named for the wife of the general manager of the Velasco Terminal Railway. A bitter rivalry emerged between the town and nearby Brazoria for the location of the county seat; Angleton was chosen as the seat in 1896 and rechosen by county-wide election in 1913. The town was incorporated on November 12, 1912.

9. Denison

Denison, Texas

Population: 23,080
Median Rent: $736
Distance to Closest Airport: 65 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,889
More on Denison: Homes For Sale | Data
Denison was founded in 1872 in conjunction with the Missouri?Kansas?Texas Railroad (MKT) or ‘Katy’ depot. It was named after the wealthy Katy vice president George Denison. Because the town was established close to where the MKT crossed the Red River (both important conduits of transportation in the industrial era), it came to be an important commercial center in the 19th century American West. In 1875, Doc Holliday had offices in Denison.

10. Alice

Alice, Texas

Population: 19,439
Median Rent: $708
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
Crime Per 100k: 7,093
More on Alice: Homes For Sale | Data
Alice originated from the defunct community of Collins, three miles to the east. Around 1880 the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway attempted to build a line through Collins, which then had about 2,000 inhabitants. The townspeople were not amenable to selling their land to the railroad company; consequently, the railroad site was moved three miles west, and in 1883 a depot called Bandana was established at its junction with the Corpus Christi, San Diego and Rio Grande Railway. Bandana soon became a thriving cattle-shipping point, and application for a post office was made under the name Kleberg in honor of Robert Justus Kleberg. The petition was denied because a town named Kleberg already appeared on the post office list, so residents then chose the name Alice, in honor of Alice Gertrudis King Kleberg, Kleberg’s wife and the daughter of Richard King. The Alice post office opened for business in 1888. Within a few years the remaining residents of Collins moved to Alice, which was by then a thriving community.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire 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:

  • Humble
  • Bellmead
  • College Station

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Texas

City Rank Population Median Rent Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Azle 1 11,054 $845 11 3,148
Fredericksburg 2 10,997 $933 30 1,864
Benbrook 3 22,403 $870 11 2,200
Southlake 4 29,101 $1287 7 1,426
Dickinson 5 19,583 $754 17 2,558
Santa Fe 6 12,839 $926 16 1,705
Lockhart 7 13,222 $819 21 2,677
Angleton 8 19,245 $794 34 2,234
Denison 9 23,080 $736 65 2,889
Alice 10 19,439 $708 2 7,093
Galveston 11 49,443 $865 8 4,075
Raymondville 12 11,165 $482 18 4,066
Kerrville 13 22,926 $794 52 2,918
Taylor 14 16,492 $847 30 2,813
Gatesville 15 12,538 $727 86 1,547
Richmond 16 11,939 $707 58 2,596
Colleyville 17 24,982 $1692 6 620
Georgetown 18 59,436 $1018 32 1,332
Del Rio 19 36,007 $633 2 2,505
Bonham 20 10,040 $715 68 2,410
Hidalgo 21 13,449 $610 4 2,327
Borger 22 13,001 $685 34 4,168
Bedford 23 48,864 $932 6 2,468
Coppell 24 40,631 $1225 5 1,336
Friendswood 25 38,272 $1097 26 859
El Paso 26 678,058 $769 4 2,217
Grapevine 27 50,538 $1121 3 2,657
Keller 28 44,250 $1207 11 666
White Settlement 29 16,886 $843 7 2,741
Alamo 30 19,021 $514 7 6,198
Boerne 31 13,066 $1094 23 3,053
Lumberton 32 12,306 $819 78 1,860
Bellaire 33 18,140 $1630 47 1,681
Dumas 34 14,963 $727 46 1,704
Saginaw 35 21,680 $1174 3 2,375
Schertz 36 37,597 $1128 13 2,165
Vernon 37 10,761 $622 144 3,624
Roma 38 10,093 $472 49 1,614
Port Neches 39 12,794 $878 72 1,758
Weatherford 40 28,284 $952 23 2,358
Brenham 41 16,535 $821 76 2,624
Seguin 42 27,543 $793 30 4,309
North Richland Hills 43 67,994 $993 9 2,204
Trophy Club 44 10,987 $1199 11 828
Flower Mound 45 69,966 $1611 10 906
Sachse 46 23,329 $1332 26 1,435
Nederland 47 17,132 $876 70 2,650
San Benito 48 24,442 $586 6 4,336
Crowley 49 14,453 $1076 16 2,345
Robstown 50 11,622 $639 10 5,154
Socorro 51 32,988 $624 13 1,051
Cleburne 52 29,759 $852 31 2,862
Groves 53 15,798 $842 73 2,968
Carrollton 54 129,266 $1066 10 2,227
Port Lavaca 55 12,374 $711 79 4,372
Buda 56 11,936 $1007 12 2,396
Brownsville 57 182,110 $644 6 3,556
Euless 58 53,675 $1002 4 2,472
Brownwood 59 19,081 $676 121 3,610
Mansfield 60 63,141 $1202 22 1,336
Leon Valley 61 10,990 $899 9 7,415
Corsicana 62 23,923 $719 65 4,334
Paris 63 24,936 $662 101 4,647
La Marque 64 15,567 $862 10 6,218
Pampa 65 18,172 $719 47 5,161
Amarillo 66 197,570 $781 7 5,509
Orange 67 19,128 $764 88 3,429
Sweetwater 68 10,765 $589 110 5,852
Rockport 69 10,197 $826 34 6,168
Portland 70 16,144 $1146 13 3,468
Plano 71 279,088 $1196 19 2,106
Weslaco 72 39,021 $647 15 5,404
New Braunfels 73 67,097 $1036 24 2,873
Corinth 74 20,764 $1128 17 1,083
Farmers Branch 75 32,211 $1161 9 2,887
Seabrook 76 13,038 $948 23 1,779
Vidor 77 10,928 $714 79 3,715
Tyler 78 101,946 $832 108 420
Gainesville 79 16,169 $764 51 4,088
Hewitt 80 14,128 $1047 91 1,104
Midlothian 81 21,530 $1111 29 1,481
Pharr 82 75,172 $706 3 2,707
Alton 83 15,581 $671 8 1,867
Levelland 84 13,872 $650 31 4,397
Henderson 85 13,587 $676 140 4,960
Donna 86 16,349 $548 12 6,024
Snyder 87 11,541 $744 84 2,720
Hurst 88 38,690 $856 9 4,453
Mcallen 89 138,475 $739 3 3,383
Richardson 90 108,350 $1180 19 2,426
The Colony 91 40,757 $1233 15 1,339
Athens 92 12,796 $769 84 3,626
Lake Jackson 93 27,407 $937 38 1,813
Mineral Wells 94 15,691 $725 41 4,493
Canyon 95 14,533 $809 195 1,204
Watauga 96 24,322 $1248 7 1,940
Lakeway 97 13,662 $1470 21 1,617
Laredo 98 251,671 $764 1 3,508
Plainview 99 21,365 $619 36 3,880
Rowlett 100 59,203 $1411 28 1,699
Mission 101 82,200 $772 5 2,796
Harlingen 102 65,634 $696 3 4,374
Sulphur Springs 103 15,896 $690 84 1,767
Midland 104 128,051 $1143 7 2,939
Pflugerville 105 55,712 $1221 18 1,960
Marshall 106 23,651 $713 134 4,731
Red Oak 107 11,663 $847 30 3,472
Seagoville 108 15,701 $875 33 3,076
Eagle Pass 109 28,209 $584 53 2,594
Kingsville 110 26,177 $771 18 3,759
Terrell 111 16,626 $865 44 5,677
Allen 112 94,710 $1299 25 1,291
Duncanville 113 39,599 $983 18 3,666
Rockwall 114 41,672 $1240 34 2,015
Stephenville 115 19,561 $753 65 2,489
Uvalde 116 16,353 $628 70 4,201
Beeville 117 13,209 $797 46 3,209
Alvin 118 25,500 $797 24 2,749
Burkburnett 119 11,046 $823 111 3,413
Sherman 120 40,112 $803 55 3,435
Frisco 121 145,646 $1313 21 1,728
La Porte 122 34,922 $1037 29 1,932
Greenville 123 26,303 $758 55 3,543
Prosper 124 15,236 $1273 27 1,562
Palestine 125 18,456 $729 113 3,852
Irving 126 232,013 $953 4 3,021
Texarkana 127 37,389 $704 171 5,854
Mercedes 128 16,501 $559 16 4,557
Denton 129 128,421 $932 22 2,627
Murphy 130 20,015 $2067 26 794
Temple 131 71,138 $821 65 3,548
Cedar Park 132 63,551 $1195 23 1,699
Kilgore 133 14,658 $759 131 4,004
Fort Worth 134 815,930 $931 2 3,996
West University Place 135 15,318 $2027 46 927
Edinburg 136 84,399 $704 10 5,375
Huntsville 137 40,432 $803 107 2,272
Jacksonville 138 14,803 $666 71 4,249
Big Spring 139 28,295 $844 46 5,584
Deer Park 140 33,517 $1081 32 1,960
Corpus Christi 141 320,050 $920 20 4,538
Cibolo 142 25,256 $1512 15 1,290
Port Arthur 143 54,913 $711 66 3,989
Conroe 144 74,482 $923 81 3,290
Desoto 145 51,854 $986 22 3,565
Converse 146 21,169 $1027 9 2,853
Austin 147 907,779 $1106 9 4,125
San Antonio 148 1,439,358 $882 5 6,151
Live Oak 149 15,021 $1029 7 4,919
Waxahachie 150 32,536 $968 35 2,846
Arlington 151 383,899 $896 14 3,795
Belton 152 20,138 $782 60 3,133
Pleasanton 153 10,120 $905 39 5,266
Mckinney 154 156,821 $1176 29 1,577
Hereford 155 15,086 $729 47 2,876
Nacogdoches 156 33,789 $756 125 2,903
Dallas 157 1,278,433 $888 17 4,300
Robinson 158 11,344 $1148 92 1,119
Clute 159 11,370 $815 36 1,855
Lufkin 160 36,112 $807 128 4,654
Grand Prairie 161 185,631 $943 14 2,754
Little Elm 162 35,553 $1456 20 1,231
Wylie 163 45,655 $1234 31 1,009
Beaumont 164 117,729 $787 71 5,420
Lewisville 165 102,327 $1026 10 2,706
Forest Hill 166 12,774 $1100 13 3,812
Lancaster 167 38,426 $948 26 3,854
Hutto 168 21,241 $1357 24 927
Burleson 169 41,962 $1156 20 2,209
Sugar Land 170 85,681 $1617 51 1,793
University Park 171 24,346 $1705 14 1,310
El Campo 172 11,685 $751 85 3,329
Leander 173 36,204 $1461 28 1,383
Garland 174 234,810 $973 23 3,590
Round Rock 175 112,767 $1104 22 2,506
Lubbock 176 244,507 $854 7 6,299
San Marcos 177 57,743 $949 26 3,863
Andrews 178 13,087 $1001 33 2,712
Odessa 179 114,258 $974 9 4,475
Wichita Falls 180 105,013 $747 100 3,979
Pasadena 181 153,286 $834 32 3,065
Cedar Hill 182 47,457 $1250 22 3,491
Ennis 183 18,890 $857 45 3,139
Baytown 184 75,310 $833 34 4,195
Kyle 185 34,080 $1385 17 2,021
Pearland 186 106,238 $1218 34 2,111
Waco 187 130,659 $770 87 4,268
San Angelo 188 98,694 $803 108 5,432
Copperas Cove 189 33,052 $846 65 3,388
Abilene 190 122,612 $816 140 3,927
Galena Park 191 11,119 $861 40 1,825
Harker Heights 192 28,716 $817 59 3,538
Mount Pleasant 193 16,115 $617 120 4,083
Freeport 194 12,122 $711 37 2,953
South Houston 195 17,474 $752 35 3,347
Tomball 196 11,353 $960 73 3,875
Glenn Heights 197 11,958 $1160 26 2,834
Bryan 198 80,552 $833 84 3,689
Rosenberg 199 34,908 $935 60 2,076
Mesquite 200 143,771 $977 27 4,268
Webster 201 11,041 $1069 24 8,178
Houston 202 2,240,582 $898 47 5,570
Anna 203 10,335 $1401 41 1,383
Forney 204 16,842 $1144 35 2,066
Balch Springs 205 25,043 $911 27 4,132
Addison 206 15,363 $1142 12 6,125
Stafford 207 18,026 $1163 49 4,487
Killeen 208 138,745 $876 61 3,561
College Station 209 104,684 $904 86 2,421
Bellmead 210 10,159 $740 85 8,800
Humble 211 15,569 $854 55 10,842

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