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Retire in College Station, Texas?
Overview: College Station is in the beautiful Brazos Valley deep in the heart of Texas. It grew up around both the railroad and sprawling Texas A&M University (69,000 students) and is a classic college town.
The city has a lot of student hangouts, youth-oriented retailers, country music clubs and bars (Northgate Street is particularly notorious). Restaurants include everything from BBQ to Italian, and the Post Oak Mall is a regional shopping center with 125 stores, including national retailers. More than 1,400 acres of parks, trails and playing fields freckle the city, providing ample space for outdoor recreation. The University is the center of most cultural activities, and its Rudder Theater has performances from its Department of Performance Studies. The Texas Reds Steak & Grape Festival, the Lincoln Center Annual Fall Festival and Christmas at the Creek are just a sampling of the annual festivals.
And, of course, football is huge, with the Texas A&M Aggies drawing nearly 83,000 fans to Kyle Field each Saturday afternoon during the fall. The George Bush Presidential Library and Museum is also located here.
Population: 110,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 15%
Cost of Living: Meets the national average
Median Home Price: $265,000
Climate: College Station has long, hot summers and warm winters. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s. Winters are mild with temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 40 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but The Physicians Centre Hospital, two miles north in Bryan, does accept Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but The Physicians Centre Hospital, two miles north in Bryan, is accredited by the Joint Commission.
Public Transit: Yes, bus service is provided by The District.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library? Yes, the Larry J. Ringer Library. Neighboring Bryan also has a library (and a history center).
Political Leanings: Very conservative
College Educated: 55%
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The poverty rate is well above the national average, but this is largely attributed to the student population. The tornado risk is 95% above the national average. This area is occasionally brushed by hurricanes.
Notes: Bryan, a bordering city (population 76,000), and College Station together are called "Aggieland," referring to the Texas A&M nickname. The two cities are often considered one city. Texas A&M students have a reputation for being both polite and partiers. Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio are all within a two to three hour drive.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although it is a very youth-oriented place. It does, though, have two senior centers and a city-sponsored Senior Advisory Committee.
With a name based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends," Texas is the second biggest state by population in the country. It is estimated that 70% of residents live within 200 miles of Austin, the capital city.
Houston is the largest city, while Dallas-Fort Worth is the largest metropolitan area. Connecticut and Delaware could fit inside Texas' largest county - Brewster. The state is larger than all of New York, New England and Ohio combined.
In addition to the Caddo, the historical people of Texas include members of the Native American tribes of Apache, Choctaw, Tonkawa and Hasinai.
When Texas became the 28th state of the United States (1845), it adopted the official flag called the Lone Star Flag. Symbols include the Bluebonnet - the state flower.
Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest. The state has nearly 24,000 farms, 90 mountains a mile or more high and is the nation's leading producer of natural gas, oil, wool, cotton, watermelons and rice. It also has the most airports of any state in the Union and is one of the most business-friendly states. Its culture has a blend of of Southern, Southwestern (Mexican) and Western influences.
Famous natives and residents include Mary Kay Ash, George W. Bush, Tommy Lee Jones and Joan Crawford.
Population - 27,862,596
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 82%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 40%
White persons, not Hispanic - 42%
Median household income - $43,470
Median home price - $132,000
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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