Texas is a goliath state that encompasses more area than many nations. You can start driving from one side of the state, and can continue for 10+ hours to still find yourself looking at Texas cacti, cities, and farms.

Within this vast state, we boast both beaches and mountains, rolling hills and agrarian farmland. We are the home to a diverse breadth of flora and fauna, as well as headquarters to some of the most recognized corporations in the world. It is no surprise, then, that our state has caught some attention.

There are many incentives to living in Texas, and families from across the country have noticed and are responding by moving here. According to data from GenFKD, “The statistics reveal Texas is the new hottest state to live in...” The report is based on a study that says more people are moving to Texas now than to any other state!

Fortunately, we have ample space. As you’ve heard, everything is bigger in Texas, including the factors that motivate people to move here. Texas has a low cost of living, year-round temperate weather, and plenty of activities to experience and places to explore.

Texas is also a growing hub for retirees. Wealthy families from across the country love moving to the warmth and local hospitality. There is a lot that goes into determining whether a city is great for retirement. For one thing, it should be pleasant. It should also offer amenities like good healthcare, reasonable retiree taxes, a strong job market, and an overall happiness level greater than that of other cities.

This made us wonder, where are the wealthy retirees ending up? Recently, U.S. News & World Report published the top 100 cities for those retiring in the United States. We were proud to discover that 4 of the top 10 cities are right here in Texas!

Here are those four cities, listed in the order they were ranked, beginning with the top choice:

San Antonio

San Antonio was ranked #3 of the whole United States as a place to retire. With affordable real estate, a proud and famous local history, and diverse entertainment that includes theme parks and museums, residents know they live somewhere special.

Of course, retirees can also sit down to world-class cuisine at one of any number of the areas eclectic restaurants. For those who enjoy the occasional afternoon on the greens, there are plenty of golf clubs and courses worth your attention.

El Paso

Coming in at #5, El Paso has a lower cost of living than the national average. Not far from the Texas and Mexico border, residents can expect an abundance of authentic Mexican cuisine. Also, the city takes great pride in their delicious Texas steaks.

The El Paso job market is strong, and “job opportunities can be found in a number of fields, from government to health care,” reports Alexis Garcia, a local from El Paso.

As a city with a growing cycling community, retirees can take in some sun and engage a healthy lifestyle by commuting through El Paso’s metro and residential areas. And for anyone interested in more adventurous exercise, the Franklin Mountains State Park might be worth your hike.


This Texas/Mexico border town has caught the attention of many retirees. With a thriving economy, McAllen also enjoys a low cost of living, relative to most of the United States, and even many cities in Texas. It is a comfortable location where people from across the country can move to when they want to enjoy a quiet, peaceful retirement.

McAllen is probably the quietest city on our list, but remains rich with wholesome entertainment, including museums, restaurants, and live performance venues and theaters.

And with Mexico just down the road, international vacations are just a short car ride away!


Austin is one of the most popular cities in Texas, and ranked #9 on U.S. News and World Report’s chart. As the Texas capital, it is also a hub for mouth-watering food, world-renowned live music, and lays a social and fiscal welcome mat out for new businesses. Austin leaves no dull moment to be found.

Retirees in Austin also enjoy the rapidly appreciating real estate market. Home values are on the climb. And since Austin regularly appears at the #1 spot in “Best City” rankings, there will always be a well deserved sense of city pride knowing that the rest of the United States loves your home as much as you do.

Are you looking for a place to retire in Texas? Let JB Goodwin help you settle down. With offices in San Antonio and Austin, we would love to answer any of your home buying questions, introduce you to quiet retirement homes and communities, and tell you more about the incentives of retiring in some of Texas’ most wonderful and beautiful cities. Contact one of our agents today.

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