Best places to retire in Texas

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May 3, 2021
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Best places to retire in Texas

For many people, retirement is the reward after decades of working and raising a family. After all that anticipation, deciding where to spend that precious time can be a tough decision, so Stacker looked to data and rankings from Niche to compile a list of the best places to retire in Texas. Niche ranks places to retire based on a variety of factors including cost of living, health care, recreation, and weather. Listings and images are from realtor.com.

Many retirees seek out easy access to indoor and outdoor recreation, from walking trails and water access to museums and theaters. Many desirable retirement destinations also have good proximity to major cities, ripe with arts, culture, and health care resources. But those choice locations carry the key drawback of a high cost of living, often due to pricey housing costs, that will not suit retirees often on fixed incomes. Low crime rates make a difference, as well.

Keep reading to discover the best places to retire in Texas.

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#25. Fulton

- Population: 1,503
- Median home value: $127,900 (73% own)
- Median rent: $1,006 (27% rent)
- Median household income: $37,067

- Pictured: 351 N Fulton Beach Rd, Fulton ($995,000, 2 bedrooms)
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#24. Bayou Vista

- Population: 1,738
- Median home value: $273,300 (84% own)
- Median rent: $1,882 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $96,635

- Pictured: 1261 Blue Heron St, Bayou Vista ($574,900, 3 bedrooms)
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#23. Columbus

- Population: 3,617
- Median home value: $143,300 (72% own)
- Median rent: $593 (28% rent)
- Median household income: $49,549

- Pictured: 1120 Milam St, Columbus ($625,000, 1 bedrooms)
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#22. Hideaway

- Population: 3,127
- Median home value: $183,700 (96% own)
- Median rent: No data available (4% rent)
- Median household income: $72,689

- Pictured: 201 Bayhills Dr, Hide A Way ($749,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#21. Shavano Park

- Population: 3,787
- Median home value: $664,900 (94% own)
- Median rent: $2,267 (6% rent)
- Median household income: $204,737

- Pictured: 411 Cliffside Dr, Shavano Park ($3.0 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#20. Horseshoe Bay

- Population: 4,100
- Median home value: $357,800 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,137 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $80,183

- Pictured: 1512 Apache Tears, Horseshoe Bay ($8.9 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#19. Woodcreek

- Population: 1,439
- Median home value: $248,800 (87% own)
- Median rent: $1,500 (13% rent)
- Median household income: $72,500

- Pictured: 153 Tulley Ct, Wimberley ($475,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#18. Colleyville

- Population: 26,462
- Median home value: $516,500 (96% own)
- Median rent: $2,141 (4% rent)
- Median household income: $163,509

- Pictured: 5513 Montclair Dr, Colleyville ($9.5 million, 6 bedrooms)
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#17. Lakeway

- Population: 15,138
- Median home value: $472,700 (84% own)
- Median rent: $1,851 (16% rent)
- Median household income: $132,899

- Pictured: 577 Vendemmia Bnd, Austin ($4.6 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#16. The Hills

- Population: 2,586
- Median home value: $547,700 (92% own)
- Median rent: $2,984 (8% rent)
- Median household income: $165,179

- Pictured: 33 Wingreen Loop, The Hills ($1.5 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#15. Hudson Bend

- Population: 2,208
- Median home value: $521,600 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,863 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $122,426

- Pictured: 3926 Eck Ln, Austin ($6.0 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#14. Weston Lakes

- Population: 3,670
- Median home value: $454,800 (98% own)
- Median rent: $1,175 (2% rent)
- Median household income: $165,299

- Pictured: 3911 Weston Dr, Fulshear ($1.3 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#13. Highland Park

- Population: 9,168
- Median home value: $1,508,900 (83% own)
- Median rent: $2,275 (17% rent)
- Median household income: $211,136

- Pictured: 4300 Armstrong Pkwy, Highland Park ($17.5 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#12. Woodway

- Population: 8,865
- Median home value: $216,200 (91% own)
- Median rent: $1,393 (9% rent)
- Median household income: $89,196

- Pictured: 17042 Star Canyon Dr, Woodway ($1.8 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#11. Barton Creek

- Population: 2,930
- Median home value: $1,281,300 (74% own)
- Median rent: $1,552 (26% rent)
- Median household income: $160,988

- Pictured: 2401 Portofino Ridge Dr, Austin ($12.9 million, 7 bedrooms)
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#10. Alamo Heights

- Population: 8,374
- Median home value: $627,500 (70% own)
- Median rent: $1,533 (30% rent)
- Median household income: $141,048

- Pictured: 315 Westover Rd, Alamo Heights ($1.9 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#9. DeCordova

- Population: 2,924
- Median home value: $218,600 (96% own)
- Median rent: No data available (4% rent)
- Median household income: $100,595

- Pictured: 5400 Fall Creek Hwy, Granbury ($3.5 million, 5 bedrooms)
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#8. Palm Valley

- Population: 1,557
- Median home value: $172,500 (79% own)
- Median rent: $991 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $74,087

- Pictured: 1501 E Palm Valley Dr, Harlingen ($399,900, 3 bedrooms)
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#7. Clear Lake Shores

- Population: 1,190
- Median home value: $349,000 (79% own)
- Median rent: $1,482 (21% rent)
- Median household income: $106,902

- Pictured: 126 E Shore Dr, Clear Lake Shores ($999,999, 4 bedrooms)
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#6. Meadowlakes

- Population: 2,525
- Median home value: $261,400 (85% own)
- Median rent: $1,235 (15% rent)
- Median household income: $88,219

- Pictured: 421 Meadowlakes Dr, Meadowlakes ($895,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#5. Olmos Park

- Population: 1,832
- Median home value: $736,700 (75% own)
- Median rent: $869 (25% rent)
- Median household income: $148,750

- Pictured: 245 Luther Dr, Olmos Park ($1.9 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#4. Emerald Bay

- Population: 1,255
- Median home value: $243,200 (98% own)
- Median rent: No data available (2% rent)
- Median household income: $71,333

- Pictured: 292 N Bay Dr, Bullard ($799,000, 3 bedrooms)
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#3. Hollywood Park

- Population: 3,327
- Median home value: $333,500 (86% own)
- Median rent: $3,501 (14% rent)
- Median household income: $114,750

- Pictured: 505 El Portal Dr, San Antonio ($949,900, 4 bedrooms)
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#2. West Lake Hills

- Population: 3,311
- Median home value: $1,001,800 (81% own)
- Median rent: $1,433 (19% rent)
- Median household income: $187,569

- Pictured: 600 Ledgeway St, West Lake Hills ($8.3 million, 4 bedrooms)
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#1. Shenandoah

- Population: 2,887
- Median home value: $261,000 (55% own)
- Median rent: $1,071 (45% rent)
- Median household income: $80,451

- Pictured: 38 Pine Brook Ct, Shenandoah ($1.6 million, 5 bedrooms)

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