Granbury – The Top City In The State For Retirees

Debbie Schneider For The Hood County News February 28, 2015

Congratulations Granbury!  SmartAsset  named Granbury the top city in the state for retirees.  

Congratulations Granbury

Photo Credit Shad Ramsey


Based on taxes, doctors, recreation centers and retirement centers and social life, a company called SmartAsset has ranked Granbury above Fredericksburg as the best place to retire in Texas.

“Glad to see SmartAsset recognizes Granbury for the gem that we know it is,” said Mayor Nin Hulett.

SmartAsset is a venture-backed financial technology company that uses data to provide advice on big financial decisions like home-buying and saving up for retirement, according to company spokesman Steve Sabato.

Sabato said the index was derived from the four categories, and no online voting was involved.

“We work with over 130 data partners to uncover interesting findings on these topics,” he explained.

Hulett praised Granbury, stating, “We have top-notch medical facilities and health care staff, along with well planned and beautiful retirement communities. An active Senior Center plus all sorts of recreational opportunities from golf, parks and walking trails, along with live theater, music and the arts come together to complete the picture in our community.”


Rank Score

1. Granbury 96

2. Fredericksburg 94.4

3. Boerne 92.9

4. Decatur 92.8

5. Livingston 92.6

6. Tomball 90.9

7. Bastrop 88.8

8. Woodway 86.7

9. Katy 85.6

10. Richmond 84.8

Nationwide, the SmartAsset rankings find Florida as the best place to retire. The top 10 list includes nine cities in Florida and one in Delaware.

Different studies use a variety of data to rank the top places to retire.

For example, when “Money” magazine named its top retirement spots in the nation last November, cities in Florida or Texas did not make the cut.

Bella Vista, Arkansas was named the best place to keep costs low in retirement. Bella Vista was recognized with a median home price of $102,000 and median monthly rent at $895. The city was also praised for great weather and for lots of retirees.

“Money” ranked Iowa City, Iowa as the best place for an encore career in retirement, though winter was listed as “a challenge.” The median home price is reported at $191,000.

The magazine named Northfied, Minnesota as the best place for a well-rounded retirement. Again, frosty winter climate was cited as a downside. Median home price is $200,450.

The median home price in Hood County is listed at $150,900, based on findings from 2009 – 2013, US Census QuickFacts. | 817-573-7066, ext. 255

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