Small Towns in Texas | Best Places to Live

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Cuero Texas

Texas is one of the largest states in the U.S. Due to this fact; it stands to reason that Texas has a variety of different cities and townships that operate in a variety of ways. The state of Texas has many metropolitan areas that attract hundreds of thousands to millions of inhabitants to the metro area. Texas is also made up of a large number of small, unique towns.

Some small towns in Texas are the epitome of the American experience. Small town living has many advantages, and at the top of the list is the feeling of being one large family. Small towns in Texas often have families who have been in the community for decades or more. It is also easy to get to know new -comers in a small Texas town. If you are looking for a homey, family feeling community, small towns in Texas are a good place to start.

Texas Small Towns To Live

Bandera, TX, located outside of San Antonio is the ultimate small town with around 1,200 citizens. Bandera has a big biker community, so it is not the ordinary sleepy small town without any excitement. San Antonio bikers ride into Bandera every Sunday for brunch. Bandera is only around 40 miles from San Antonio, so if you ever crave a large metropolitan area, San Antonio is less than two hours away. The median income of Bandera is much lower than many places in the U.S. with female citizens making a median income of around $17,000. For those with lower funds, a move to Bandera is certainly sustainable.

One small town that I like in Texas is the town of Brazoria. Brazoria is near the Houston-Sugar Land metropolitan area which houses millions of individuals and nearby shopping and entertainment. Brazoria holds a population of around 3,000 people, which is a much smaller town than many areas in Texas. Part of the appeal of Brazoria, Texas is that the city holds much farm land. Quite a few members of the Brazoria area have farm land that they use to grow crops and raise animals. Farm employment is an important part of Texas history. Brazoria farming and cattle industry employs thousands of people, which makes this small town sustainable. Brazoria also has several different cafes and restaurants in the downtown area. Brazoria, TX is a great place to raise a family, especially for those who want to live in a safe town where they know the names of everyone around them. Brazoria being located so close to the Houston area is another plus, because Brazoria means that you can live small, while participating in the life of the big city in just an hour’s drive.

If you are looking for an authentic Texas town with fewer inhabitants, Cuero, Texas is the place to be. I like the town of Cuero because of the diversity of the area along with the familial feel of the city. Cuero has a population of around 6,000 people with the good majority being families. Though Cuero, TX is a small city, it has a diverse population in many regards. There are many old time mansions located in Cuero as well as small home located on a few acres of land. You will notice in Cuero that you may live next to a businessman on one side of your home and live next to a family who farms goats in the front yard on the other. The median income of the town of Cuero is low, at $30,000. Cuero is very affordable to lower income families and to those who are in retirement, so this city is at the top of the pile of  Texas small towns.  See more small towns in Texas.

Also there are many 55+ communities in Texas small towns worth checking out.

 

Towns and Communities in Vermont

I will to going to Burlington VT next week to seek the leaf foliage.   I know Vermont has a lot of small towns that would be a great place to live and would like to visit some.  We plan to do a lot of driving, maybe up hwy 100 and then one day up to the North toward Montreal.

If you know of any good small towns that I could review while in VT, please let me know. If you have retired in VT, let us know where you live and what the area has to offer.

UPDATE:  Well I did visit Vermont and really liked it.  We staying in Burlington and liked everything about it.  It has a University, a great small town for walking, many restaurants, many sites to see like the Vermont Teddy Bear factory, Lake Champlain, and others.  We did Stowe, the ski resort up in the mountains were I took that photo at the top of the post.  Side trips up to Montreal Canada and over to upstate New York were great too.  I see from our site that there are several 55+ communities in Vermont so I need to take another visit.

 

Suburban Retirement

Baby Boomers are putting a lot of thought in to the question of where to retire.  Many people think about retiring to a small town and there are many advantages to living in a small town.  Some people even retire to city living and that is also becoming a popular idea.

But today I want to talk about retiring in the suburbs and the advantages of that from my personal observations. These many be enough reasons just to keep me in place, so let’s begin.


Definition of SUBURB

a : an outlying part of a city or town
b : a smaller community adjacent to or within commuting distance of a city

Advantages of Retiring in the Suburbs

1. Since many of us currently live in the suburbs, we can just age in place. Less stress in moving to a new area.  More comfortable with surroundings we know.

2. Closer to our friends, associates, organization we belong to and can maintain current relationships.

3. I have a Kroger, Publix and a Whole Foods within 3 miles of my house.  That is nice.

4. We have an Active Adult Center nearby.

5. I have Meetup groups I belong to in my community

6. I am a member of a fitness gym five minutes from my house.

7. We have some really top restaurants nearby (5 to 10 minutes).

8. We have two regional hospitals and all kinds of Doctors and medical groups nearby.  For the future home health services abound.

9. I can continue my part time consulting job if I don’t move away.  Starting a new retirement job in a new location may not be so easy.

10. Many other services are nearby like getting a massage, stopping by the bookstore, dry cleaners, all kinds of shopping, etc.

11. Entertainment is easily accessible.  In my community there are live music venues, concert halls, community theaters, Verizon Amphitheater, sports.  A trip in to the city can be made in 20 to 30 minutes for bigger venues.

12. Driving is not bad if I am not in rush hour times but things are so close that does not matter much.   If needed in the future, taxis, vans and other transportation are available.

So even compared to one of those wonderful Active Adult Communities in the exurbs, I have a better Fitness Center, better access to grocery shopping, better access to nice restaurants and better access to top medical services.

At first glance there is not as much opportunity to meet new friends; but it is also something to consider in keeping old friends.  Meetups, adult centers, volunteering, clubs, libraries and hobbies presents opportunities to meet friends.

As it turns out what I have been searching for may be right here at my doorstep.  What about you, are you going to move for retirement?