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Forbes Announces the Best Place to Retire in the Lone Star State

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San Marcos, located in the Texas Hill Country, was recently named the best place to retire in the Lone Star State by Forbes. This announcement effectively edges the city of San Antonio down to second place.

In a study of over 650 Texas cities, Forbes took into account that San Marcos is generally considered a college town. However, what made it shine were the facts that its cost of living is considerable low (13 percent lower than the U.S. average), its number of doctors per capita meets the U.S. average, and its crime rate is recognized as being low.

The financial magazine’s study recognized that this Hill Country mecca for young and old alike was a place people want to call home. The head of economic development for San Marcos has stated that Kissing Tree, a new 55+ community, is a factor that could make a difference in the short-term. Gwen Burton, a homeowner in that community, told kxan.com that Kissing Tree’s vision was of a place where people could come together, and that vision has been beautifully realized. The community is vibrant and thriving.

Forbes Announces the Best Place to Retire in the Lone Star State

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A median home price of $208K and a population of 61K also made San Marcos considerably appealing to the upper echelon in age brackets. In comparison, the city of San Antonio, which placed second in the Forbes study, has a median home price of just $168K, but a population of close to 1.5 million. Coupled with its cost of living that’s being recognized at only seven percent below the U.S. average, and its crime rate above average, it was clear the city was the runner-up for now.