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:
- Katy — 53.88
- Granbury (Dallas-Fort Worth) — 46.89
- Woodway (Waco metro area) — 43.52
- Fredericksburg (Hill Country) — 43.49
- Richmond — 40.94
- Tomball — 40.09
- Burnet (northwest of Austin) — 39.85
- Humble — 38.27
- Boerne — 34.17
- Webster — 33.96