These Are The 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.

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

But not 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.

Where exactly in Texas is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Azle as the best place to hang up your cleats.

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 2019:

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 best places to retire in America.

For Texas state reading:

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.

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.

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:

Detailed List Of 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
11 Galveston 49,443 $865
12 Raymondville 11,165 $482
13 Kerrville 22,926 $794
14 Taylor 16,492 $847
15 Gatesville 12,538 $727
16 Richmond 11,939 $707
17 Colleyville 24,982 $1,692
18 Georgetown 59,436 $1,018
19 Del Rio 36,007 $633
20 Bonham 10,040 $715
21 Hidalgo 13,449 $610
22 Borger 13,001 $685
23 Bedford 48,864 $932
24 Coppell 40,631 $1,225
25 Friendswood 38,272 $1,097
26 El Paso 678,058 $769
27 Grapevine 50,538 $1,121
28 Keller 44,250 $1,207
29 White Settlement 16,886 $843
30 Alamo 19,021 $514
31 Boerne 13,066 $1,094
32 Lumberton 12,306 $819
33 Bellaire 18,140 $1,630
34 Dumas 14,963 $727
35 Saginaw 21,680 $1,174
36 Schertz 37,597 $1,128
37 Vernon 10,761 $622
38 Roma 10,093 $472
39 Port Neches 12,794 $878
40 Weatherford 28,284 $952
41 Brenham 16,535 $821
42 Seguin 27,543 $793
43 North Richland Hills 67,994 $993
44 Trophy Club 10,987 $1,199
45 Flower Mound 69,966 $1,611
46 Sachse 23,329 $1,332
47 Nederland 17,132 $876
48 San Benito 24,442 $586
49 Crowley 14,453 $1,076
50 Robstown 11,622 $639
51 Socorro 32,988 $624
52 Cleburne 29,759 $852
53 Groves 15,798 $842
54 Carrollton 129,266 $1,066
55 Port Lavaca 12,374 $711
56 Buda 11,936 $1,007
57 Brownsville 182,110 $644
58 Euless 53,675 $1,002
59 Brownwood 19,081 $676
60 Mansfield 63,141 $1,202
61 Leon Valley 10,990 $899
62 Corsicana 23,923 $719
63 Paris 24,936 $662
64 La Marque 15,567 $862
65 Pampa 18,172 $719
66 Amarillo 197,570 $781
67 Orange 19,128 $764
68 Sweetwater 10,765 $589
69 Rockport 10,197 $826
70 Portland 16,144 $1,146
71 Plano 279,088 $1,196
72 Weslaco 39,021 $647
73 New Braunfels 67,097 $1,036
74 Corinth 20,764 $1,128
75 Farmers Branch 32,211 $1,161
76 Seabrook 13,038 $948
77 Vidor 10,928 $714
78 Tyler 101,946 $832
79 Gainesville 16,169 $764
80 Hewitt 14,128 $1,047
81 Midlothian 21,530 $1,111
82 Pharr 75,172 $706
83 Alton 15,581 $671
84 Levelland 13,872 $650
85 Henderson 13,587 $676
86 Donna 16,349 $548
87 Snyder 11,541 $744
88 Hurst 38,690 $856
89 Mcallen 138,475 $739
90 Richardson 108,350 $1,180
91 The Colony 40,757 $1,233
92 Athens 12,796 $769
93 Lake Jackson 27,407 $937
94 Mineral Wells 15,691 $725
95 Canyon 14,533 $809
96 Watauga 24,322 $1,248
97 Lakeway 13,662 $1,470
98 Laredo 251,671 $764
99 Plainview 21,365 $619
100 Rowlett 59,203 $1,411

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