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Charming San Antonio suburb named among top retirement spots in Texas

Charming San Antonio suburb named among top retirement spots in Texas

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Boerne is among the best places to retire in Texas. City of Boerne

If you’re hunting for a place to retire in Texas, you might want to consider your own backyard. While San Antonio proper has long attracted retirees and national accolades for its retire-worthy attributes, this time it’s an area suburb that ranks as one of the best places to retire in the Lone Star State.   

A recent study by personal finance website SmartAsset ranks one city in the San Antonio metro area among the top 10 places in Texas for retirees. Boerne nabs the No. 9 spot, racking up high scores in all listed categories.

SmartAsset judged each city on these factors:

  • Burden from income and sales taxes.
  • Doctor offices per 1,000 residents.
  • Recreation centers per 1,000 residents.
  • Retirement centers per 1,000 residents.
  • Share of seniors in the population.

SmartAsset weighted each factor equally, and them came up with a total score for every city.

Boerne’s overall score of 34.17 lands it at the No. 9 spot in Texas, though the town did not perform best in any single category. Still, its tax burden — 15 percent — is on par with Katy, the Houston suburb that ranked as the study’s the No. 1 city in Texas for retirees. Katy has a tax burden of 15.3 percent.

Here’s how Boerne scored on the other metrics:

  • Doctor offices per 1,000 people: 6.3
  • Recreation centers per 1,000 people: 1.9
  • Retirement centers per 1,000 people: 0.2
  • Percentage of seniors: 18.7 percent

Here are SmartAsset’s top 10 cities in Texas for retirees, including the score for each place:

  1. Katy — 53.88
  2. Granbury (Dallas-Fort Worth) — 46.89
  3. Woodway (Waco metro area) — 43.52
  4. Fredericksburg (Hill Country) — 43.49
  5. Richmond — 40.94
  6. Tomball — 40.09
  7. Burnet (northwest of Austin) — 39.85
  8. Humble — 38.27
  9. Boerne — 34.17
  10. Webster — 33.96