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The Best Places to Retire in the Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country offers many opportunities to enjoy a tranquil lifestyle in retirement.

A new report from TheTravel.com ranks the region's top spots based on cost of living, crime rates and other subjective measures like history and beauty. Unsurprisingly, the area is a great place to hang your boots. After all, Texas Hill Country was named one of the best travel destinations in the world according to CNN.

#7 – New Braunfels, Comal County

New Braunfels attracts people with its natural beauty and countless water activities. If you enjoy hiking and kayaking and don't mind the occasional tourist, New Braunfels could be an ideal retirement destination.

Cost of living: 15% below the national average.

Crime: 16.8 versus the US average of 22.7.

#6 – Georgetown, Williamson County

If you're looking for a beautiful and active downtown area but don't want to live in a big city, Georgetown is for you. This small town is lined with historic buildings and hosts a three-day festival each year with live musical performances, local vendors, parades and even a car show.

Cost of living: 3% below the national average.

Crime: 8.6 versus the US average of 22.7.

#5 – Boerne, Kendall County

Named after German author Karl Ludwig Börne, this city offers a great mix of history and natural beauty. Easy access to Methodist Boerne Medical Center means you are never far from medical care. And if you're looking to splurge in your retirement years, Boerne is currently offering a property for $4.85 million that has its own lazy river.

Cost of living: 17% below the national average.

Crime: 16.2 versus the US average of 22.7.

#4 – Fredericksburg, Gillespie County

Drinking wine, watching birds, and enjoying the state's beautiful flora at Wildflower Farm are just a few of the many activities you can do in Fredericksburg during your retirement. The town of less than 12,000 has plenty of art, orchards, and wineries to keep you busy year-round. In 2023, it was ranked number 1 among the 120 most picturesque small towns in the United States.

Cost of living: 8% below the national average.

Crime: 9.6 versus the US average of 22.7.

#3 – Burnet, Burnet County

Living in Burnet gives you access to the county's nearly 1,000 square miles of lakes and rolling hills. This region of Texas is unparalleled for fishing, boating and camping. There are plenty of options to keep busy in the city, from restaurants and cafes to galleries and museums.

Cost of living: 4.6% below the national average.

Crime: 15.7 versus the US average of 22.7.

#2 – Wimberley, Hays County

Wimberley has several hospitals, including Ascension Texas Cardiovascular Wimberley, which focuses on treating patients with heart disease. The town offers numerous activities, such as swimming in the pristine waters of Blue Hole Regional Park or taking a leisurely ride on a vintage locomotive in Pioneer Town, an 1880s-style western town.

Cost of living: 3% below the national average.

Crime: 13.3 versus the US average of 22.7.

#1 – Comfort, Kendall County

With just under 2,000 residents, Comfort is the smallest retirement destination on the list. If you want peace and quiet, Comfort is for you. It also has an impressive historic district with over 100 preserved buildings.

Cost of living: 17% below the national average.

Crime: 17.9 versus the US average of 22.7.

Anna Harden

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