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Retire in Lewisville, Texas?
Overview: Along the shores of 29,000-acre Lewisville Lake about 25 miles northwest of downtown Dallas in north central Texas, comfortable, friendly Lewisville started out in the 1840s and began to grow once the railroad arrived in the 1880s. When the lake was created with the construction of Lewisville Dam in 1954, Lewisville began attracting families, white collar workers and retirees.
The lake has 233 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by 9,000 acres of protected land. Residents enjoy picnic spots, camping sites, 24-hour fishing barges and swimming beaches. Sprawling Pier 121 Marina is located on the south side of the lake and has 1,000 or more wet slips. Lewisville boasts an active Old Town, with early-20th century buildings that now house cute shops and dining establishments. There is a symphony, an actors' conservatory, a rodeo arena and a cultural facility called the MCL Grand, which holds a 296-seat theatre, a large art gallery, a recital hall, classrooms and a courtyard.
Residents also enjoy an active parks and recreation department, four golf courses and a farmers' market. There are numerous shopping centers, and Vista Ridge Mall has national retailers. Older, leafy neighborhoods mingle with newer subdivisions, some of which have cookie cutter homes on small lots.
Population: 105,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 34%
Cost of Living: 4% above the national average
Median Home Price: $282,000
Climate: The humid subtropical climate means hot, moist summers and mild winters. In summer, temperatures reach the 80s and 90s. Winters usually bring temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the city receives 30 inches of rain per year, and it has been known to rain for days.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it is in a beautiful building.
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 33%
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 276% higher than the national average.
Notes: The city has grown by 11% in the last decade and is racially diverse. Lake Lewisville attracts water lovers from around Dallas.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the neighborhood matters.
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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