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Retire in Pearland, Texas?
Overview: Pearland (pronounced "Pear Land") is in the Texas' Gulf Coast region and was was once a thriving agricultural area. Today it is a Houston suburb, just 17 miles from that city's downtown.
Pearland has many new master-planned communities, particularly on the west side (the east side is more established with older homes). Many of these newer developments have a cookie cutter feeling but come with parks, pools and private golf courses. The attractive Pearland Town Center is a "lifestyle center" and stands out as a model of mixed-use design. It is home to Dillard's, Macy's, Ann Taylor, other national retailers, eateries and housing. The historic city center has been revitalized and is now the site of the year-round farmers' market. The Pearland Arts League's Corks and Canvas events showcase local artistic talent. Housed in the Pearl Theater, the Pearland Theatre Guild is also an active member of city's cultural community.
Pearland has a lot of strip malls, three public-access golf courses and a very good school system. It also manages a variety of dog parks and people parks, with the Recreation Center and Natatorium a particular point of pride. The nearby Brazos Bend State Park includes six fisherman-friendly lakes. There are also hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.
Population: 115,000 (city proper)
Age 45 or Better: 30%
Cost of Living: 6% above the national average
Median Home Price: $275,000
Climate: This area has a humid subtropical climate with long summers and short winters. Summer temperatures can reach into the low 100s, and winter temperatures are in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Summer thunderstorms can be severe.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? Yes
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Houston has several.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 47%
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 165% higher than the national average. Some areas have flooded during past hurricanes.
Notes: The city has grown by 35% during the last decade.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although Pearland is a youthful, family-oriented city.
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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