The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2021

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 2021. This is our seventh time ranking the best places to retire in Texas.

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.

The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2021

  1. Fredericksburg
  2. Lockhart
  3. Azle
  4. Santa Fe
  5. Kerrville
  6. Southlake
  7. Alice
  8. Angleton
  9. Benbrook
  10. Del Rio

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

We analyzed over 202 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? Fredericksburg, 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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The 10 Best Places To Retire In Texas For 2021

Fredericksburg, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 11,245
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Rent: $964
Distance to Closest Airport: 30 miles
More on Fredericksburg: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lockhart, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,652
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Rent: $977
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Lockhart: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Azle, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 12,796
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Rent: $1,009
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Azle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Santa Fe, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 13,274
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $932
Distance to Closest Airport: 16 miles
More on Santa Fe: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Kerrville, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 23,370
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Median Rent: $874
Distance to Closest Airport: 52 miles
More on Kerrville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Southlake, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 31,292
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,367
Distance to Closest Airport: 7 miles
More on Southlake: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Alice, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 19,007
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Median Rent: $701
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
More on Alice: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Angleton, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 19,416
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Median Rent: $923
Distance to Closest Airport: 34 miles
More on Angleton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Benbrook, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 23,215
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $1,005
Distance to Closest Airport: 11 miles
More on Benbrook: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Del Rio, TX

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 35,846
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Rent: $682
Distance to Closest Airport: 2 miles
More on Del Rio: Real Estate | Data | Photos

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the Lone Star State for 2021

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 202 places from across the state.

For these 202, 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 202, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Fredericksburg, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers. You can download the data here.

Maybe You're Not Ready To Retire In Texas Yet...

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

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

  1. Addison
  2. Humble
  3. Rosenberg

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Where Are The Best Places To Retire In Texas?

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Fredericksburg 11,245 $964
2 Lockhart 13,652 $977
3 Azle 12,796 $1,009
4 Santa Fe 13,274 $932
5 Kerrville 23,370 $874
6 Southlake 31,292 $1,367
7 Alice 19,007 $701
8 Angleton 19,416 $923
9 Benbrook 23,215 $1,005
10 Del Rio 35,846 $682

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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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