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Retire in McKinney, Texas?
Overview: McKinney is a leafy, growing town about 30 miles northeast of downtown Dallas in northeastern Texas. It started out in the 1840s and today often lands on "best places to live" lists.
Clean and safe, McKinney is dotted with master-planned communities and new homes in well-kept, tree-lined suburban neighborhoods. Parks and greenbelts are plentiful. The intact, original downtown is a particular highlight and is lined with beautifully restored historic structures, many dating from McKinney's early days. Cute shops, art galleries and cozy cafes create an inviting atmosphere. The city sponsors an arts council, and the old courthouse has been turned into a popular performance arts center. Adriatica Village is a replica of a charming European fishing village, complete with cobblestone streets, narrow walkways, public squares and stone buildings with modern condos, restaurants and shops.
Just outside of town residents enjoy boating, fishing and camping at Lavon Lake and Lewisville Lake.
Population: 165,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 33%
Cost of Living: 8% above the national average
Median Home Price: $325,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are usually in the 80s and 90s, while winter temperatures are in the 20s, 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 40 inches of rain and two inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: The county provides a subsidized taxi service to grocery stores, senior centers, libraries, hospitals and more for people age 65 or better.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 45%
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 275% above the national average.
Notes: The city has grown by 38% during the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although Pearland is a youthful, family-oriented city.
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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