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Retire in Seabrook, Texas?
Overview: Along Galveston Bay just southeast of Houston in southeastern Texas, Seabrook started out in the late-1800s. It soon became home to a thriving fishing industry.
The town started to grow into a bedroom community in the 1960s when the Johnson Space Center opened in Houston. It still has a quiet suburban quality and has a large boating community. Home to professionals, space industry types and families, it has well-manicured neighborhoods with brick homes. Old Seabrook, the original part of town, is populated with a few B&Bs and antique shops, and Waterfront Drive is popular for its fish markets. The town celebrates its maritime heritage with the Yachty Gras boat parade and with Keels and Wheels, a fun car and boat show. Residents enjoy a 10-mile trail system, and the town's parks, which cover 100 acres, have two boat ramps, an outdoor pool, wetlands and a salt water fishing pier.
Seabrook is a bird sanctuary and a site on the Great Texas Coastal Birding Trail. Pelicans, ospreys, wax wings, and sandpipers hang out along water. The Kemah Boardwalk, a touristy entertainment park, is just across the bridge in Kemah. The nearest beach is Sylvan Beach Park, about five miles north of town, but it gets mixed reviews.
Population: 14,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 8% above the national average
Median Home Price: $275,000
Climate: Summer temperatures reach the mid-90s, and humidity is high. Winters are mild with temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the area receives 57 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but four hospitals that accept Medicare patients are within 10 miles.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but four hospitals that are accredited are within 10 miles.
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Well below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it is in a beautiful, modern building.
Political Leanings: Split down the middle
College Educated: 44%
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Seabrook is prone to flooding during storms and was badly damaged by Hurricane Ike's storm surge in 2008 and by Hurrcane Harvey's storm surge in 2017.
Notes: This area has several oil and chemical plants. They emit an odor, but much of the odor blows to the north of town. Seabrook has grown by 15% within the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although the hurricane/storm surge threat is real.
With a name based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends," Texas is the second biggest state in the United States. It is estimated that 70% of population lives within 200 miles of Austin- the capital of Texas.
Houston is the largest city in Texas, while Dallas-Fort Worth is the largest metropolitan area in the state. Connecticut and Delaware could fit inside Texas' largest county - Brewster.
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. Texas has a number of symbols, including the Bluebonnet - the state flower.
The land of Texas is larger than all of New York, New England and Ohio combined. Almost 10% of these lands are covered by forest. Two-thirds of the population lives in a major metropolitan area. This state had famous natives and residents such as Mary Kay Ash, George W. Bush, Tommy Lee Jones and Joan Crawford.
Texas has nearly 24,000 farms and 90 mountains a mile or more high. This state 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 nation and is one of the most business-friendly states. Its culture comes from a blend of Southern, Southwestern (Mexican) and Western influences.
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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