Amiable Abilene started out as a cattle shipping hub in the 1880s. It sits along Interstate 20 in the red, flat land of parched West Central Texas, 150 miles west of Forth Worth. A rather isolated place, it has a mix of military personnel, college students and families.
Safe, bohemian and lively, Austin boasts a bounty of great restaurants, fun festivals, museums, art events, football games, an OLLI and much more. It is a great retirement spot!
Round Rock is a nice Austin suburb and the site of the new 55+ single family home community of Heritage at Vizcaya. Amenities include a swimming pool, nature trails and a bark park.
West Texas is home to Canyon, a quiet, friendly college town with a reasonable cost of living and the most well attended outdoor drama in the country.
When German elites fled oppressive political and social conditions in the mid-1800s, some of them came to the Texas Hill Country in south central Texas and founded Fredericksburg, which was named after Prince Frederick of Prussia.
Horseshoe Bay is a pretty town on the southern banks of popular Lake Lyndon B. Johnson, one of the seven Highland Lakes, in central Texas. It is home to Horseshoe Bay Resort and only incorporated as a city in 2005.
Originally the gateway between the U.S. and the Texas frontier, Nacogdoches is in leafy East Texas and is the home of Stephen F. Austin State University (13,000 students). It is the oldest town in Texas, dating from the early-1700s, and it has had the flags of nine countries fly over it.
With a lush riverfront locale, New Braunfels beckons with its welcoming spirit, unique heritage and reasonable cost of living. It is a great retirement spot!
Along dusty Interstate 35 in central Texas, the charming village of Salado is a diamond in the rough. It started out as a college town in the 1850s and was a busy stagecoach stop on the Chisholm Trail. The college closed, but Salado morphed into a hip artists' colony and today thrives as a weekend getaway for people from Waco, Temple and Austin.
Amiable and affordable, San Marcos boasts a riverfront locale, friendly folks and a diverse culture. It is a great retirement spot!
In central Texas, Temple is a regional medical center with an award-winning library, an orchestra, affordable housing and more.
With its gentle charm, artsy sensibility and easy pace, Wimberley beckons. It is a great retirement spot!
With a name based on a word used by Caddo Indians meaning "friends," Texas is the second biggest state by population in the United States. It is estimated that 70% of the population lives 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.
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 nation 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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