San Angelo : Texas


What It Is Like to Retire in San Angelo

San Angelo, located in west central Texas with a population of close to 100,000, is the county seat of Tom Green County.  The town is close to the center of the state in the midst of the west Texas ranching country, with the Concho River running through it.  San Angelo was established across the river from Fort Concho, which was built in 1867 to protect the frontier settlements in the West Texas region. Today it is a historical landmark and a tourist attraction.  San Angelo is hundreds of miles from the large cities of Dallas, Houston, Autsitn and San Antonio, but has a lot to offer with three lakes, over 30 parks, golf courses, two colleges, a minor league baseball team, an indoor football team and the Goodfellow Air Force base.  

Picture of downtown San Angelo courtesy of Wikipedia and ASUPHOTOG in the public domain. Photo of Fine Arts Museum courtesy of Wikipedia and Michael Barera, Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/.


Where to Retire in San Angelo and Home Prices

The median home value was $135,500, in mid-2019,according to Zillow. There are active adult communities in San Angelo, see link at left.


What Is Special about San Angelo

San Angelo is a mid-sized city with lakes, a State Park and two college campuses. It is also home to art museums and galleries, a symphony and civic theater. 


What Is Not Special about San Angelo

The town is located in a sparsely-populated part of Texas and is far from the metropolitan areas of Dallas, Houston, El Paso and San Antonio.  It is not a walkable community.


Who Will Like Retirement in San Angelo

Retireees who want a college town with lakes, parks, a lot of outdoor activities incuding horseback riding and rodeos would enjoy living here. The town also offers many cutlrual events with a civic theater and ballet, a symphony, and a fine art museum.


Local Economy Is Driven by

San Angelo has a diverse economy with oil companies, the agriculture and livestock industry, telecommunications and health systems. Goodfellow Air Force Base is also a large employer for the area. It has been recognized by Kiplinger as one of the Best Cities of the Next Decade, and in 2013 was ranked 4th by Forbes for Best Cities for Jobs.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 46 degrees and July's average temperature is 83 degrees.  San Angelo receives about 20 inches of rain annually.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

San Angelo is a historic town with Fort Concho located on the banks of the Concho River.  It is also home to The San Angelo Museum of Art and the Chicken Farm Art Center, along with other art galleries, and a symphony, civic theater, ballet company, and a convention center.  The town also offers several parks, lakes and outdoor recreation, and boasts an international water lilly collection.  San Angelo is also host to one of the top rodeos in the country, a week long event held each February with a parade, concerts and a carnival. The San Angelo Colts are a minor league baseball team that makes their home here, as does the San Angelo Bandits, an indoor football team.



San Angelo's crime rate is a little below the national average.


Medical Facilities

San Angelo Community Medical Center and Shannon Medical Center service the region.  There is a VA clinic on the Goodfellow Air Force Base, but the nearest VA hospital is about 100 miles away.



San Angelo has a regional airport offering daily flights, and the nearest international airport is in San Antonio about 200 miles away.  it is not considered a walkable community, but does have a public bus system. 


Valuable Links

City of San Angelo

San Angelo, Texas

Fort Concho


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