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Retire in Pflugerville, Texas?
Overview: On the edge of the temperate Blackland Prairies in central Texas, fast-growing Pflugerville is less than 20 miles from downtown Austin. It was settled in the 1850s by a German immigrant who lost his land in the Prussian War. Today the city is a comfortable, wholesome bedroom community and has been named by Money Magazine as a great place to live.
The heart of downtown was built at the turn of the 20th century when the MKT railroad arrived. Main Street and Pecan Street survive from that era and make up the small Old Town, which has a flower store, a grocery, a tattoo parlor, a toy store, restaurants and other merchants. Lake Pflugerville, a 180-acre reservoir, is popular with kayakers and wind surfers. The city manages three swimming pools, at least 14 parks and the Pecan Community Gardens. City celebrations are many and include Deutschen Pfest, Spring Pfling and Pfall ChiliPfest. The farmers' market, known as the, yes, Pfarmers' Market, is open every Tuesday from May through October. New Stone Hill Town Center offers the best in big box shopping and chain restaurants with a Best Buy, Super Target, Office Depot, PETCO, theaters and more.
Many homes are made of brick and located in relatively new master-planned developments. This area is in an ongoing drought, and residents are encouraged to purchase rain barrels to collect water for lawn and gardening purposes. The city is home to a large solar farm.
Population: 58,000 (city proper)
Percentage of Population 45 or Better: 20%
Cost of Living: 5% above the national average
Median Home Price: $230,000
Climate: The climate is humid subtropical. Summer temperatures are in the 80s and 90s, while winters are mild with temperatures in the 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 35 inches of rain per year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but St. David's North Austin Medical Center, about seven miles away, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission? No, but St. David's North Austin Medical Center, about seven miles away, is accredited.
Public Transit: No
Crime Rate: Below the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Liberal
Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: The tornado risk is 112% higher than the national average.
Notes: Pflugerville has boomed by 1,110% in the last couple of decades. The TV show Friday Night Lights was partially filmed here. The city is racially diverse.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Yes, although it a youthful place.
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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