Tyler : Texas

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What it's Like to Retire in Tyler

Tyler is one of the certified retirement communities in Texas, a program that insures a welcoming infrastructure for retirees. The population was over 100,000 in 2013 - up 20% from 2000. Tyler bills itself as the Rose Capital of America, which it celebrates with its famous fall Texas Rose Festival. Tyler has the largest municipal rose garden in the U.S. It also has the Tyler Azalea Trail, which winds its way through local streets and gardens. The city was a former cotton and oil town and as a result has a beautiful old heritage. The University of Texas Tyler is a local employer and provides a youthful air to the city.

Tyler’s charming brick streets lead visitors to an array of family attractions, quaint antique shops and unique specialty stores. Outdoor buffs enjoy crystal-clear lakes, challenging golf courses and scenic campgrounds that offer fishing, picnicking, paddle-boating and hike and bike trails. Photos of downtown and the Whitaker-McClendon House courtesy of Wikipedia (and Renelibrary).

 

Where to Retire in Tyler and Home Prices

The Bergfeld Park neighborhood is a tree-lined area with attractive brick streets. Cascades Country Club along Lake Bellwood features 3 different mixed-age developments (see Active Communities link sat right). Average home listing price in late 2016 was $220,000, according to Zillow,  although prices vary by neighborhood and development.

 

What is special about Tyler

Tyler is a certified Texas retirement community, meaning it has met certain criteria to be attractive to retirees. It is the Rose Capital of America. Area attractions include the Caldwell Zoo and Hudnall Planetarium.  Special events throughout the year include the Texas Rose Festival, Azalia and Spring Flower Trail, Festival on the Square, and Movies Under the Stars in Bergfeld Park. The University of Texas Tyler is located on a 259 acre campus here.

 

What is not special about Tyler

Hot summers and a long drive to a city.

 

Who will like retirement in Tyler

Many of the people moving to Tyler are retirees - a lot of them are from the Dallas area.
 

Local economy is driven by

Construction and retirement drive the local economy.
 

Climate and Physical Environment

Tyler is located in East Texas about 100 miles from Dallas. The average January temp is in the high 40s and the average July temp is in the mid 80s.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Tyler boasts the East Texas Arts Association. The Tyler website speaks of dance, music, theatre, and poetry. There are frequent festivals along with a Zoo and Planetarium. The University of Texas Tyler Cowan Performing Arts Center produces a regular schedule of shows. There are also performances by Ballet Tyler and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.
 

Crime

The crime rates is slightly above average.

 

Medical facilities

Mother Frances Hospital is a 390 bed acute care facility in Tyler. The University of Texas Tyler Medical Center also serves the area.
 

Transportation

Dallas Fort-Worth Airport is about 100 miles awaya and one of the largest in the world.
 

Valuable Links

Arts East TexasGuide to Texas retirementTyler information.

 

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