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Flower Mound, Texas
Outside of Dallas/Fort Worth, Wholesome Flower Mound Sits Along Grapevine Lake and Has Parks, Miles of Trails and Well-Tended Neighborhoods
Nestled along Grapevine Lake and close to Lewisville Lake, Flower Mound is a Dallas exurb with plenty of open space, vistas and natural habitats. The town is a crisp, wholesome kind of place and is named after a 12-acre blackland prairie mound that attracted early settlers.
There are a couple of attractive business districts, Riverwalk and Lakeside, and Parker Square hosts two college branch campuses. Locals enjoy a community orchestra and community choir. Our Productions Theatre has a full season of drama as well as a Play Readers Club. The town library supports themed book clubs, movie screenings, and chamber concerts. Fifty-four parks dot the cityscape, including Twin Coves, which sits along the north shore of Grapevine Lake and has a fishing pier, cabins, and a boat launch. The 33-mile trail system welcomes hikers, bikers, and equestrians. Another 14 miles of trails wind within the city. The Bridlewood Golf Club stretches across rolling land, through thick forests, and beside creeks. Nearby Lewisville Lake has 233 miles of shoreline and permits fishing, skiing, boating, swimming, and camping.
Neighborhoods have large brick homes and well-tended lawns.
Population: 79,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 37%
Cost of Living: 34% above the national average
Median Home Price: $615,000
Climate: Summer temperatures in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures dip into the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 39 inches of rain each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Baylor Regional Medical Center, about five miles away in Grapevine, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Baylor Regional Medical Center, about five miles away in Grapevine, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very conservative
College Educated: 50%
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Mostly yes (property taxes are high)
Cons: The tornado risk is 152% higher than the national average.
Notes: Flower Mound has grown 30% during the last 10 years, and home prices have increased 20% since a year ago.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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.
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