Nacogdoches County, Texas was one of the first three communities in Texas to be recognized as a Certified Retirement Community. This state program recognizes communities that are exemplary in several areas - including housing, safety, working opportunities, healthcare services, transportation, continuing education, recreation, cultural events, sports, community services and spiritual enrichment. The town population is 34,000 and growing.
Situated in the Texas Forest Country of East Texas, "The oldest town in Texas" was the headquarters of Spanish government in the 1700s for a significant portion of Texas. Early Caddo settlement here predate the arrival of Europeans, having begun about 700 B.C. Evidence of these mound-building Native Americans can still be found in the city's National Historic District. Nacogdoches was home to several heroes of the battles for Texas Independence, including Sam Houston and Thomas J. Rusk. Rusk is buried in the town's beautiful historic Oak Grove Cemetery.
Stephen F. Austin State University, with 11,000 students, plays a major role in the vitality, culture and attractiveness of the community. A public four-year university with seven colleges, SFA offers a wide variety of quality academic programs with the personalization one might expect to find at a private college. Students can choose from more than 80 undergraduate majors and 120 areas of study and nearly 60 graduate degrees, including two doctoral programs. NCAA Division I sports attract fans of football, basketball, baseball, track, softball, volleyball, soccer, equestrian events and more.