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COMPARE CITIES FOR Texas

Compare city quality of life facts and figures for some of the best places to retire in Texas. Use the drop down box to make another state comparison.






Texas Cities
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City Type
City Type Gulf Coast Lakes & Rivers, College Town, Texas Hill Country Lakes & Rivers, College Town Lakes & Rivers, College Town City Living na
Population (2013 est.)
Population (Current) 48,733 54,076 54,898 100,223 93,847 74,624
Population (1990) 59,070 28,743 14,842 75,450 29,205 48,635
Land Area (sq mi) 41 30 48 54 43 36
Persons Per Square Mile 1,189 1,803 1,144 1,856 2,182 2,065
Home Prices
2015 $236,671 $193,557 $276,807 $189,766 $345,897 $354,000
Total Appreciation ('01 to '15) 73.0% 58.9% 97.1% 61.7% 74.3% 46.0%
Annual Appreciation ('14 to '15) 9.7% 4.2% 3.6% 2.2% 2.4% 2.0%
Avg Annual Appreciation ('01 to '15) 4.3% 3.6% 5.4% 3.8% 4.0% 3.2%
Big City Prices ('15) $200,000 $249,000 $249,000 $193,000 $200,000 $265,000
Bargain Index 95% 63% 90% 79% 139% 133%
Big City Houston Austin Austin Dallas Houston na
Monthly Rent $1,215 $1,421 $1,421 $1,099 $1,215 $1,336
Price/Rent Index 13.1 9.1 13.1 11.6 19.1 17.7
Cost of Living (2015)
Cost of Living 91% 83% 99% 82% 111% 115%
Air Quality - Annual Avg (2001-2013)
Good/Moderate Days 98% 99% 99% 99% 99% 98%
Unhealthy for Sensitive Persons Days 1% 1% 1% 1% 1% 2%
Unhealthy/Very Unhealthy Days 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Water Quality (2002-2010)
Good 38% 93% 90% 72% 74% 37%
Threatened 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 2%
Impaired 62% 8% 10% 29% 26% 60%
Nearest Large City
Distance to Nearest City 50 miles 30 miles 28 miles 98 miles 31 miles 80 miles
City Houston Austin Austin Dallas Houston na
Recreation
National Parks 1 2 3 0 1 7
National Campgrounds 0 11 25 27 12 26
State Parks 5 10 4 8 9 11
Medical Care (2009)
Accredited Hospitals 2 1 5 7 7 4
Building Permits (single family homes)
2014 279 243 1,208 268 5,504 309
2013 241 232 1,030 271 4,964 295
Gain ('13 to '14) 16% 5% 17% -1% 11% 4%
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Population Distribution (2010)
Median Age (yrs) 39 23 44 33 40 37
White 62.5% 78.5% 86.2% 60.5% 88.4% 80.7%
Black or African American 19.2% 5.5% 3.7% 24.8% 2.4% 7.2%
Native American Indian and Alaska Native 0.9% 0.9% 0.6% 0.5% 0.3% 0.8%
Asian 3.2% 1.6% 1.0% 1.9% 4.9% 3.6%
Native Hawaiian 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.2%
Other Race 11.0% 10.4% 6.2% 10.3% 1.8% 4.4%
Multiple Races 3.3% 3.1% 2.2% 2.0% 2.1% 3.0%
Hispanic or Latino 31.3% 37.8% 21.8% 21.2% 12.3% 11.6%
Income and Housing (2010)
Family Income $46,100 $50,443 $73,772 $54,547 $123,265 $69,596
Occupied Housing 62% 94% 94% 91% 94% 83%
Vacant Housing 38% 6% 6% 9% 6% 17%
Home Ownership 48% 26% 73% 53% 76% 55%
Persons Per Family 3.00 3.00 2.80 3.10 3.10 2.90
Taxes (2014)
Local and State 8.1% 8.1% 8.1% 8.1% 8.1% 6.8%
Local, State and Federal 103 days 103 days 103 days 103 days 103 days 109 days
Climate - Average Temperatures (1971-2000)
Climate Type Temperate & Humid Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Warm & Humid Temperate & Humid
January Low Temp 50 F 39 F 35 F 38 F 41 F 27 F
July High Temp 89 F 95 F 96 F 94 F 94 F 86 F
Annual Precipitation 44 in 37 in 37 in 45 in 48 in 35 in
Elevation 10 ft 612 ft 840 ft 550 ft 95 ft 1,652 ft
Natural Hazard Risk
Total Hazard Risk Higher Moderate Higher Lower Moderate Moderate
Earthquake .1% 0% .1% .2% .1% 10.9%
Tsunami No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Hurricane 40-60 20-40 20-40 0 20-40 10
Flood Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High Very High
Tornado Moderate Low Moderate Moderate Moderate Low
Volcano No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk No Risk
Wildfire Low High High Low Low Low
Man-Made Hazard Risk (Nuclear)
Nearby Reactors 2 0 0 0 2 2
Crimes per 10,000 Population - Annual Avg (2001-2013)
Violent Crimes 77 34 12 61 na 41
Property Crimes 553 340 171 510 na 420
Home Energy Use - Annual Avg (1971-2000)
Heating Degree Days 1,008 1,629 1,998 1,958 1,525 4,662
Cooling Degree Days 3,268 2,913 2,584 2,521 2,893 1,253
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