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Retire in Springtown, Texas?

Overview:   On the rolling prairie of north central Texas, about 25 miles northwest of Fort Worth, quiet Springtown makes its home. It was established in the late-1850s and named for the cold springs that bubbled from nearby hillsides.

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Once a farming and ranching community, today Springtown is a fast-growing commuter town. Yet, it retains its much of its early rural character. The annual Wild West Festival celebrates the town's roots with a parade and BBQ cook-off, and the Legends Museum, housed in a 1910 home, showcases local history. The town center is simple and a little haphazard with a pizza restaurant, a donut shop, a furniture store, a karate place and the Chamber of Commerce. Established neighborhoods have few sidewalks, small lots and modest ranch ramblers, while newer subdivisions on the outskirts of town have large brick homes on bigger lots. Some residences come with acreage.

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Restaurants include fast food places, diners, cafes and Woody Creek Bar-B-Q, which receives rave reviews. Gas stations, banks, Brookshire's Food and Pharmacy and the like ensure that basic needs are covered. Porcupine Stadium hosts high school football games, soccer games and track events. The non-profit community center boasts a swimming pool, a gym, a weight room, and group classes. To the east of Springtown, Eagle Mountain Lake is open for boating, fishing and water sports. To the north, the Caddo-LBJ National Grasslands is open for hiking, camping, and horseback riding.

Population:   3,000 (city proper)

Percentage of Population 45 or Better:  32%

Cost of Living:    12% below the national average

Median Home Price:  $142,000

Climate:    Summer temperatures are in the 90s and low-100s, and winter temperatures are in the 30s, 40s and 50s. On average, the area receives 33 inches of rain and a dusting of snow each year. Ice storms happen occasionally.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?   No, but Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle is 10 miles away in Azle and accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited By Joint Commission?    Not, but Texas Health Harris Methodist Azle is 10 miles away in Azle and is accredited.

Public Transit:     No

Crime Rate:   Meets the national average

Public Library:   Yes

Political Leanings:   Very conservative

Is Texas Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?   Yes

Cons:    The tornado risk is 239% higher than the national average.

Notes:   Springtown sits along State Highway 199, which provides easy access to Fort Worth, and has grown by 65% in the last couple of decades. Racial diversity is minimal.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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Texas:

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.

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Stats:

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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