These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas


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 Socorro don’t mind us spreading the word. Here are our top ten places in the Lone Star State to retire:

  1. Socorro
  2. Canyon
  3. Forest Hill
  4. Canyon
  5. Pharr
  6. The Colony
  7. Carrollton
  8. Vernon
  9. Forest Hill
  10. University Park

Why did Socorro take the top spot? And where are Houston and San Antonio? Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details.

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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 203 places from across the state.

For these 203, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (As measured by population density)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 203, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Socorro, 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. Socorro

Socorro, Texas

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Population: 32,623
Cost Of Living: 80
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,308
Socorro ranked 1 overall thanks to its 48 place rank for cost of living and 18 place safety rank.

2. Canyon

Canyon, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,882
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 19 miles
Crime Per 100k: 828
Canyon ranked 2 overall thanks to its 107 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.

3. Forest Hill

Forest Hill, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,612
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 12 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,512
Forest Hill ranked 3 overall thanks to its 82 place rank for cost of living and 112 place safety rank.

4. Canyon

Canyon, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,882
Cost Of Living: 87
Distance to Closest Airport: 195 miles
Crime Per 100k: 828
Canyon ranked 4 overall thanks to its 107 place rank for cost of living and 2 place safety rank.

5. Pharr


Population 2014: 73,143
Cost Of Living: 75
Distance to Closest Airport: 3 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,658
Pharr ranked 5 overall thanks to its 7 place rank for cost of living and 119 place safety rank.

6. The Colony

The Colony, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,690
Cost Of Living: 96
Distance to Closest Airport: 15 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,134
The Colony ranked 6 overall thanks to its 148 place rank for cost of living and 14 place safety rank.

7. Carrollton

Carrollton, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 124,501
Cost Of Living: 101
Distance to Closest Airport: 10 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,369
Carrollton ranked 7 overall thanks to its 172 place rank for cost of living and 58 place safety rank.

8. Vernon

Vernon, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,005
Cost Of Living: 74
Distance to Closest Airport: 144 miles
Crime Per 100k: 2,889
Vernon ranked 8 overall thanks to its 4 place rank for cost of living and 82 place safety rank.

9. Forest Hill

Forest Hill, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,612
Cost Of Living: 84
Distance to Closest Airport: 13 miles
Crime Per 100k: 3,512
Forest Hill ranked 9 overall thanks to its 82 place rank for cost of living and 112 place safety rank.

10. University Park

University Park, Texas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 23,761
Cost Of Living: 271
Distance to Closest Airport: 14 miles
Crime Per 100k: 1,287
University Park ranked 10 overall thanks to its 203 place rank for cost of living and 16 place safety rank.

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire Yet…

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

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

  • Tomball
  • Galveston
  • Belton

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Detailed List Of Best Places To Retire In Texas

City Rank Population Cost Of Living Distane To Airport Crimes per 100k
Socorro 1 32,623 80 13 1,308
Canyon 2 13,882 87 19 828
Forest Hill 3 12,612 84 12 3,512
Canyon 4 13,882 87 195 828
Pharr 5 73,143 75 3 3,658
The Colony 6 38,690 96 15 1,134
Carrollton 7 124,501 101 10 2,369
Vernon 8 11,005 74 144 2,889
Forest Hill 9 12,612 84 13 3,512
University Park 10 23,761 271 14 1,287
Galena Park 11 11,093 78 40 2,226
Clute 12 11,277 81 36 1,569
Cibolo 13 22,744 98 15 1,310
Hutto 14 18,839 91 24 912
Keller 15 41,913 128 11 949
Corinth 16 20,432 103 17 1,027
Laredo 17 245,048 85 1 4,351
Raymondville 18 11,226 73 18 6,119
Del Rio 19 36,081 81 2 2,702
Lewisville 20 99,039 100 10 2,708
Deer Park 21 32,965 89 32 2,214
Burkburnett 22 10,915 76 111 2,940
Alton 23 14,735 76 8 1,784
Hidalgo 24 13,063 77 4 2,220
South Houston 25 17,323 80 35 3,931
Wichita Falls 26 104,771 76 100 4,470
Hereford 27 15,330 79 47 2,896
Edinburg 28 79,002 78 10 5,969
Plano 29 271,166 115 19 2,192
Donna 30 16,169 74 12 6,846
Murphy 31 19,154 124 26 845
Round Rock 32 106,972 99 22 2,177
Rowlett 33 57,532 99 28 1,515
Pflugerville 34 52,138 98 18 1,751
Dumas 35 14,908 82 46 2,649
Weslaco 36 36,752 76 15 8,448
Garland 37 232,305 89 23 3,589
Richardson 38 103,752 108 19 2,490
Allen 39 89,845 120 25 1,336
Andrews 40 12,160 80 33 3,207
Flower Mound 41 67,630 121 10 999
Duncanville 42 39,315 90 18 3,894
Harlingen 43 65,677 75 3 3,357
Arlington 44 375,305 93 14 4,080
El Paso 45 669,771 84 4 2,574
Beeville 46 13,102 76 46 3,442
Benbrook 47 21,898 107 11 1,872
Grand Prairie 48 181,135 97 14 2,824
Watauga 49 23,999 89 7 1,895
La Porte 50 34,473 86 29 1,897
Seabrook 51 12,437 100 23 1,543
Dickinson 52 19,135 87 17 3,031
Portland 53 15,420 90 13 3,618
Kingsville 54 26,348 79 18 4,432
Kyle 55 30,664 91 17 1,904
Mcallen 56 135,048 83 3 3,797
Little Elm 57 30,213 100 20 1,092
Crowley 58 13,762 90 16 2,753
Gatesville 59 15,946 76 86 1,799
San Angelo 60 96,177 83 108 4,274
Cedar Park 61 58,088 101 23 1,776
Saginaw 62 20,840 92 3 2,543
Mission 63 80,538 80 5 3,104
West University Place 64 15,223 206 46 1,123
Sachse 65 21,790 108 26 1,018
Angleton 66 19,034 84 34 2,485
White Settlement 67 16,571 83 7 3,144
Balch Springs 68 24,693 80 27 5,313
Eagle Pass 69 27,463 84 53 3,186
Irving 70 224,859 92 4 3,025
Euless 71 52,649 98 4 2,493
Mercedes 72 16,271 72 16 5,789
Nederland 73 17,018 84 70 2,949
Friendswood 74 37,001 103 26 945
Brownwood 75 19,107 80 121 4,474
Groves 76 15,911 80 73 3,701
Huntsville 77 39,764 89 107 2,934
Burleson 78 39,335 91 20 2,499
Schertz 79 35,093 96 13 2,048
Alice 80 19,358 77 2 6,054
Longview 81 82,030 85 134 3,918
Desoto 82 50,837 91 22 3,776
Bellaire 83 17,533 187 47 2,030
Kilgore 84 14,178 78 131 4,147
Dallas 85 1,240,985 106 17 4,361
Coppell 86 40,021 129 5 1,294
Hewitt 87 13,905 85 91 1,121
Plainview 88 21,952 78 36 4,026
Frisco 89 130,499 128 21 2,010
Jacksonville 90 14,654 78 121 4,913
Mckinney 91 144,066 111 29 2,119
Henderson 92 13,723 83 140 3,905
Palestine 93 18,611 79 113 4,696
Pearland 94 97,427 97 34 2,272
Mansfield 95 59,757 109 22 1,658
Glenn Heights 96 11,671 91 26 2,741
Borger 97 13,121 77 34 4,428
Copperas Cove 98 33,023 80 65 3,237
Leander 99 30,040 94 28 1,341
Santa Fe 100 12,572 88 16 2,306
Baytown 101 74,157 81 34 4,582
Mount Pleasant 102 16,066 81 120 4,587
Corpus Christi 103 312,680 84 20 5,182
Addison 104 14,594 115 12 5,159
Lake Jackson 105 27,224 89 38 2,093
Paris 106 25,023 78 101 4,899
Sugar Land 107 82,420 112 51 1,818
Marshall 108 24,424 80 134 4,258
Bedford 109 48,104 99 6 3,147
Converse 110 19,738 86 9 2,573
La Marque 111 14,981 80 10 7,035
Freeport 112 12,108 79 37 2,799
Nacogdoches 113 33,589 89 125 3,962
Pampa 114 18,180 79 47 5,088
Levelland 115 13,735 80 31 3,989
Alamo 116 18,907 75 7 7,346
Azle 117 10,744 89 11 4,309
Live Oak 118 14,213 85 7 3,806
Webster 119 10,898 81 24 5,579
Rosenberg 120 32,789 84 60 2,491
Denton 121 122,742 96 22 2,737
Richmond 122 11,769 97 58 3,228
Lakeway 123 12,709 130 21 1,180
San Benito 124 24,447 72 6 4,777
Abilene 125 120,776 83 140 4,897
Alvin 126 24,938 85 24 3,063
Killeen 127 134,030 84 61 4,140
Uvalde 128 16,094 76 70 5,331
Stephenville 129 18,387 86 65 2,518
Weatherford 130 26,490 91 23 2,793
Fredericksburg 131 10,707 100 24 2,306
Port Neches 132 12,877 86 72 2,283
Lockhart 133 12,966 85 21 3,246
Colleyville 134 23,928 152 6 635
Bonham 135 10,059 81 68 2,515
North Richland Hills 136 65,835 102 9 2,524
Cedar Hill 137 46,414 93 22 3,300
San Marcos 138 51,289 92 26 3,768
Brownsville 139 179,834 76 6 4,483
Sherman 140 39,119 78 55 3,302
Texarkana 141 36,999 82 171 7,346
Rockwall 142 39,948 103 34 2,005
Big Spring 143 27,768 77 46 5,578
Taylor 144 16,001 84 30 3,162
Denison 145 22,745 77 65 3,526
Sulphur Springs 146 15,673 81 84 1,569
El Campo 147 11,549 81 85 2,995
Fredericksburg 148 10,707 100 30 2,306
Midlothian 149 19,590 94 29 1,888
Forney 150 16,017 101 35 1,779
Stafford 151 17,990 92 49 4,474
Grapevine 152 48,671 116 3 2,599
Lufkin 153 35,754 85 128 6,077
Port Lavaca 154 12,289 79 79 3,604
College Station 155 98,505 94 86 2,572
Mineral Wells 156 16,593 79 41 4,254
Houston 157 2,167,988 98 47 5,821
San Antonio 158 1,385,438 92 5 6,142
Harker Heights 159 27,757 97 59 3,191
Boerne 160 11,674 115 23 2,809
Amarillo 161 194,930 82 7 5,482
Bryan 162 78,368 85 84 3,648
Jacksonville 163 14,654 78 49 4,913
Farmers Branch 164 30,261 95 9 3,304
Seagoville 165 15,379 84 33 3,816
Snyder 166 11,368 77 84 4,574
Waco 167 127,796 79 87 4,370
Fredericksburg 168 10,707 100 56 2,306
New Braunfels 169 61,712 106 24 3,699
Robstown 170 11,599 92 10 5,569
Victoria 171 64,275 86 79 4,074
Lubbock 172 236,868 84 7 5,362
Red Oak 173 11,149 92 30 3,139
Robinson 174 11,051 85 92 1,348
Orange 175 18,810 81 88 3,014
Kerrville 176 22,560 94 52 2,925
Ennis 177 18,674 84 45 3,737
Vidor 178 10,844 77 79 4,380
Hurst 179 38,140 99 9 4,845
Beaumont 180 117,543 80 71 5,597
Lumberton 181 12,153 96 78 1,612
Seguin 182 26,237 86 30 4,127
Leon Valley 183 10,658 89 9 7,018
Temple 184 68,877 84 65 3,769
Corsicana 185 23,968 79 65 5,186
Southlake 186 27,755 167 7 1,516
Humble 187 15,402 84 55 11,290
Jacksonville 188 14,654 78 71 4,913
Waxahachie 189 31,045 91 35 3,263
Midland 190 119,409 102 7 3,075
Port Arthur 191 54,685 78 66 4,520
Terrell 192 16,146 85 44 4,081
Katy 193 15,071 94 68 3,768
Gainesville 194 16,040 82 51 5,193
Brenham 195 16,029 95 76 3,368
Odessa 196 107,325 94 9 4,924
Greenville 197 25,892 83 55 5,159
Austin 198 864,218 107 9 4,747
Conroe 199 61,268 88 81 3,944
Athens 200 12,782 82 84 4,576
Belton 201 19,292 93 60 5,183
Galveston 202 48,513 98 8 4,761
Tomball 203 11,030 100 73 5,158

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