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Retire in Lewisville, Texas?
Overview: About 25 miles northwest of downtown Dallas in north central Texas, comfortable, friendly Lewisville has doubled in size during the last decade. It started out in the 1840s and began to grow once the railroad arrived in the 1880s. Then when 29,000-acre Lewisville Lake was created by the completion of Lewisville Dam in 1954, Lewisville began attracting families, white collar workers and retirees.
The lake has 233 miles of shoreline and is surrounded by 9,000 acres of protected land. Residents enjoy picnic spots, camping sites, 24-hour fishing barges and swimming beaches. Sprawling Pier 121 Marina is located on the south side of the lake and has 1,000 or more wet slips. Lewisville boasts an active Old Town, with early-20th century buildings that now house cute shops and dining establishments. There is a railroad park, a symphony, an actors' conservatory, a rodeo arena and a recently constructed cultural facility called the MCL Grand, which holds a 296-seat theatre, a large art gallery, a recital hall, classrooms and a courtyard.
Residents also enjoy an active parks and recreation department, four golf courses and a farmers' market. There are numerous shopping centers, and Vista Ridge Mall has national retailers.
Older neighborhoods mingle with newer subdivisions, some of which have cookie cutter homes on small lots.
Population: 105,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 35% (estimate)
Cost of Living: 2% above the national average
Median Home Price: $218,000
Climate: The humid subtropical climate means hot, moist summers and mild winters. In summer, temperatures reach the 80s and 90s. Winters usually bring temperatures in the 40s, 50s and 60s. On average, the city receives 30 inches of rain per year, and it has been known to rain for days.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: Yes
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes, and it is in a beautiful building.
Political Leanings: Very conservative
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Some people feel that new housing has been thrown up too fast and may not be high quality. The tornado risk is 276% higher than the national average.
Notes: The city is racially diverse. Lake Lewisville attracts water lovers from around Dallas. People seem to enjoy living here very much.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
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