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Overview: Grapevine is a comfortable city outside of Dallas-Fort Worth in north central Texas and gets its name from the wild grapes that once carpeted the land. It dates from the mid-1800s and has landed on "best places to live" lists in recent years.
Grapes and wine are a big part of Grapevine life. Wineries dot the city, and at least three of them have a downtown tasting room. The Grapevine Vintage Railroad has two historic engines and offers wine tours and Old-West themed excursions. Grapefest is the Southwest's largest wine fair. Residents also enjoy Saturday night performances at the Grapevine Opry, which performs Saturday nights at the Palace Arts Theatre and has three performing arts companies. The 8,000-acre Grapevine Lake boasts marinas, boat ramps, and wilderness trails. Waterskiing, wind surfing, and boating are all permitted. The city is bike and runner friendly, and its 24 miles of trails link to parks and businesses. The Botanical Gardens at Heritage Park hosts a Butterfly Flutterby in honor of the Monarch's migration.
Neighborhoods have mature landscaping, and most homes, from modest ranch ramblers to custom estates, are made from red brick.
Population: 53,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 32% above the national average
Median Home Price: $350,000
Climate: Summer temperatures in the 90s and occasional low-100s. Winter temperatures dip into the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 33 inches of rain and a dusting of snow or ice per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? Yes
Public Transit: A rail line to and from Fort Worth is in the works. NETS provides door to door van services for people age 55 or better. There is also a visitors' shuttle that travels between the airport, downtown, restaurants and some hotels.
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Notes: Grapevine has grown by 12% in the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes
With a name based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends," Texas is the second biggest state by population in the country. It is estimated that 70% of residents live within 200 miles of Austin, the capital city.
Houston is the largest city, while Dallas-Fort Worth is the largest metropolitan area. Connecticut and Delaware could fit inside Texas' largest county - Brewster. The state is larger than all of New York, New England and Ohio combined.
In addition to the Caddo, the historical people of Texas include members of the Native American tribes of Apache, Choctaw, Tonkawa and Hasinai.
When Texas became the 28th state of the United States (1845), it adopted the official flag called the Lone Star Flag. Symbols include the Bluebonnet - the state flower.
Almost 10% of Texas is covered by forest. The state has nearly 24,000 farms, 90 mountains a mile or more high and is the nation's leading producer of natural gas, oil, wool, cotton, watermelons and rice. It also has the most airports of any state in the Union and is one of the most business-friendly states. Its culture has a blend of of Southern, Southwestern (Mexican) and Western influences.
Famous natives and residents include Mary Kay Ash, George W. Bush, Tommy Lee Jones and Joan Crawford.
Population - 27,862,596
Persons 65 years old and over - 12%
High school graduates, persons age 25+ - 82%
Bachelor's degree or higher, age 25+ - 27%
Persons of Hispanic or Latino origin - 40%
White persons, not Hispanic - 42%
Median household income - $43,470
Median home price - $132,000
Social Security taxed? No
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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