For the sixth time in eight years, Texas tops the list as the number one growth state in the country, becoming a tourism gem and a retiree’s paradise. The Lone Star State is the largest of the lower 48 states, and it's not just vacationers flocking there—it's new residents too! Travel+Leisure recently compiled some data from various expert sources about retirement in Texas and I wanted to share what they found out, with you!

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From deserts to coastlines and bustling cities to quaint small towns, Texas offers a bit of everything. The cost of living is reasonable, the winters are mild, and there’s no state income tax! Plus, seniors over 65 can defer property taxes in many cases. Various analyses have pinpointed the best Texan cities to retire in, based on factors like cost of living, healthcare, and cultural opportunities.

Kerrville

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Kerrville is a gem with its parks, art galleries, and the scenic Guadalupe River. Residents enjoy fishing, boating, and a vibrant cultural scene. It’s affordable too, with a median home price of about $350,000.

Fredericksburg

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This charming town, with its German heritage, offers antique shops, wineries, and beautiful springtime wildflowers. Home prices range from the $270s to multimillion-dollar luxury homes.

The Woodlands

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A planned suburban community near Houston, The Woodlands is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts with its parks, trails, and waterway activities. Median home prices are around $615,000.

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Houston

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Houston offers a variety of lifestyles, from suburban calm to urban excitement. It boasts excellent healthcare, a vibrant arts scene, and diverse dining options.

Corpus Christi

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Beach lovers will adore Corpus Christi with its affordable homes (median price $264,000) and casual, seaside lifestyle. It’s perfect for those who enjoy fishing, seafood, and warm winters.

Lockhart

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Known as the “Barbecue Capital of Texas,” Lockhart offers small-town charm, affordable living, and close proximity to Austin.

Austin

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The state capital is famous for its cultural scene, outdoor activities, and high-quality healthcare. While housing is pricier, the vibrant lifestyle is worth it.

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San Antonio

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San Antonio is affordable with a rich cultural heritage, excellent healthcare, and an active community of volunteers. Homes here have a median price of $274,000.

Texas truly has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for the hustle and bustle of city life or the tranquility of a small town, the Lone Star State is the place to retire! If you want to see more about the way they chose these 8 wonderful locations in The Great State of Texas, READ MORE HERE!

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