The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2023


The best places to retire in Texas are Santa Fe and Lockhart for 2023 based on Saturday Night Science.

It’s that time of your life when you deserve an indefinite vacation — retirement. And while it might seem like a miracle, the reality is you’re ready to hang up your hat and stirrups. So the question becomes where should your retire? The answer, of course, is one of these Texas towns.

If Florida is too beachy and California is too West Coast, then there is another state that many people consider for retirement living: Texas. That’s right, this southern state is perfect for retirement. It is affordable, has amazing weather, and is a retirement hub for other like-minded older individuals. In Texas, you may not be surrounded by luscious green grass, but you can make a decent cactus garden, ride horses, and eat delicious BBQ.

But how you decide the best what’s the best place to retire in the Longhorn State? Well, you might assume it would be a big city like Austin or Houston, but the reality is a little more nuanced. So we dug into the recent like the Census and FBI Crime data to determine the safest, most affordable places in Texas that still offer plenty to do on the weekends — which is everyday for a retiree.

At the end of the day we answered that burning question that brought you here — what are the best of the best when it comes to retirement cities in Texas? HomeSnacks has crunched the numbers for you to find the answers to this pressing question.

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

We analyzed over 226 cities in Texas to determine which cities are worthy of your extended vacation. We used several factors to determine retirement “worthiness,” which included good weather, average population age, and cost of living.

And the winner? Santa Fe, Texas. This peculiar name of a city won first place for retirement because of its low cost of living and its proximity to bigger cities. You can have the big city experience when you want it, but have a quiet getaway at the end of the day.

Other notable cities include Fredericksburg and Southlake, a city that got 10/10 on our snackability scale. That is a rare find, folks.

Want to see how your favorite Texan city stacked up? Read on to find out and to learn more about how we determined the best of the best cities in Texas for retirement.

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Table Of Contents: Top Ten | Methodology | Summary | Table


The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2023

Santa Fe, TX

Source: Wikipedia User Nsaum75 | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 12,782
Median Rent: $897
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
More on Santa Fe: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Lockhart, TX

Source: Wikipedia User Liveon001 ©Travis Witt | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 14,480
Median Rent: $1,051
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Lockhart: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Fredericksburg, TX

Source: Wikipedia User Photolitherland Chris Litherland | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 10,864
Median Rent: $1,064
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Fredericksburg: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Southlake, TX

Source: Wikipedia User NETarrantMan | CC BY 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

10
/10

Population: 30,754
Median Rent: $1,497
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Southlake: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Taylor, TX

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 16,154
Median Rent: $939
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Taylor: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Port Lavaca, TX

Source: Wikipedia User Charles Henry | CC BY 2.0
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,654
Median Rent: $719
Distance to Closest Airport: 79 miles
More on Port Lavaca: Real Estate | Data | Cost Of Living

Angleton, TX

Source: Wikipedia User Adavyd | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 19,408
Median Rent: $1,039
Distance to Closest Airport: 34 miles
More on Angleton: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Kerrville, TX

Source: Wikipedia User Larry D. Moore | CC BY-SA 4.0
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 24,071
Median Rent: $948
Distance to Closest Airport: 52 miles
More on Kerrville: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Gatesville, TX

Source: Wikipedia User Larry D. Moore | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 15,997
Median Rent: $833
Distance to Closest Airport: 86 miles
More on Gatesville: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Alice, TX

Source: Wikipedia User Larry D. Moore | CC BY-SA 3.0
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 18,001
Median Rent: $797
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
More on Alice: Real Estate | Data | Crime Report | Cost Of Living

Methodology: How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Lone Star State for 2023

To create our ranking of the best places in Texas to retire, we used Saturday Night Science.

We analyzed 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 226 places from across the state.

For these 226, 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 criterion from one to 226, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Santa Fe, with the lowest average rank, was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second career.

The report has been updated for 2023. This reflects our tenth time ranking the best places to retire in Texas.

Summary: Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Texas Yet…

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

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

  1. Stafford
  2. Humble
  3. Bellmead

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Best Places To Retire In Texas

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Santa Fe 12,782 $897
2 Lockhart 14,480 $1,051
3 Fredericksburg 10,864 $1,064
4 Southlake 30,754 $1,497
5 Taylor 16,154 $939
6 Port Lavaca 11,654 $719
7 Angleton 19,408 $1,039
8 Kerrville 24,071 $948
9 Gatesville 15,997 $833
10 Alice 18,001 $797
About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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