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Retire in Nacogdoches, Texas?
Overview: Originally the gateway between the U.S. and the Texas frontier, Nacogdoches is in leafy East Texas and is the home of Stephen F. Austin State University (13,000 students). It is the oldest town in Texas, dating from the early-1700s, and it has had the flags of nine countries fly over it.
With its country ambiance and unhurried pace, Nacogdoches still feels like "Old Texas." The downtown has wide streets lined with historic, two and three story red and blond brick buildings. The university grounds include a planetarium, the Mast Arboretum, the Stone Fort Museum, and the Cole Arts Center, which has two galleries and sponsors opera, theater, and music events. Nacogdoches has restored its railroad depot and nurtures its heritage. The Durst-Taylor Historic House, the Sterne-Hoya Museum, and Millard's Crossing are evidence of this commitment. Local festivals include a bluegrass reunion, the county rodeo, and a downtown arts walk. The city is also home to Texas' largest azalea garden, which is more than 20 miles of azalea trails through beautifully manicured residential districts.
Residents enjoy 16 city parks, tennis courts and walking paths. Lake Nacogdoches is 10 miles to the west and provides facilities for fishing, boating, and water skiing. Sam Rayburn Lake and Lake Naconiche are also nearby. Neighborhoods are generally well kept. Ranch ramblers are prevelant.
Population: 35,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 26%
Cost of Living: 12% below national average
Median Home Price: $135,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Meets the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Very, very conservative
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The poverty rate is well above the national average. Much of this, but not all, is attributed to the large student population.
Notes: Nacogdoches is racially diverse and has grown by 9% in the last decade or two. The University does not have a huge reputation as a party school, but areas around campus are still lively on weekends.
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.
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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