Best Small Town for Retirement in Florida

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Best Small Town for Retirement in Florida

Do you want to retire to the Sunshine State, but want to skip the crowded streets, high housing prices, and worrisome crime rates of big cities like Miami and Jacksonville? Small town Florida living offers all of the benefits you seek – great climate, senior-friendly tax laws, proximity to beaches, great healthcare facilities – without the nuisances of urban retirement. Although the “best” place to retire is a very subjective question, one Florida small town really stands out: Bradenton.

Bradenton, Florida, self-styled “The Friendly City,” has a population hovering around 49,000. This means residents can find friendly, quiet neighborhoods and local businesses, while at the same time enjoying some of the perks of larger city living – shopping and dining, arts and entertainment, a good public transportation system, and excellent healthcare options. In fact, of the many small Florida cities we considered in our quest for the best, Bradenton had one of the highest “senior-friendly amenities per capita” ratings. With its proximity to an international airport (Sarasota-Bradenton Int’l Airport is just 8 miles from downtown Bradenton), this location also offers ease of travel to globetrotting retirees.

Situated on the western coastline of Florida between Sarasota and Tampa, with Tampa Bay on one side and the Manatee River on the other, Bradenton enjoys some of the state’s mildest weather (with an average temperature of 60), water views and beachfront living – and plenty of beach access and marinas for water-sports enthusiasts.

This small Florida city is renowned for its thriving art community, centered around the specially-zoned 36-acre Village Arts Center located in a reclaimed and revitalized area of town, where homes do double duty as galleries and studios. The town also attracts artists with the ArtCenter Manatee – an art education and appreciation center housing galleries, classrooms, an art library, and an artists’ market – as well as the South Florida Museum and Riverfront Theatre.

Bradenton is home to the Manatee Memorial Hospital and a number of other modern medical facilities. For more specialized healthcare needs, the nearby cities of St. Pete, Sarasota, Tampa, and Clearwater have plenty of top-of-the-line facilities and medical specialists.

There are a number of quality 55+ communities in and around Bradenton, and housing prices hover in the low to mid 130s. The newest residential areas are found in the eastern part of town, but some of the older neighborhoods have more of the kind of friendly diversity and appeal that many are looking for in a small-town retirement location.

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Best Florida Small Town: Bradenton Florida
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Small Towns in Texas | Best Places to Live

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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.