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McAllen Once Again Highlighted as Great Place for Retiring

by Office of Communications | Nov 20, 2023

Financial website listed McAllen as one of 11 best places in Texas to retire

Financial website recently rated Texas as a great place to retire, highlighting its tropical climate, low cost of living and no state income tax.  For many retirees, safety is also a top consideration, so went a step further and compiled a list of the 11 safest places to retire in Texas, with McAllen making the list once again. They ranked cities highest for the low crime rates, comfortable amenities and affordable housing.

“McAllen is not just a great place to retire, it is also just a great place to live – PERIOD,” said McAllen Mayor Javier Villalobos.  “While safety is a concern for people of any age – and McAllen is one of the safest cities in Texas - McAllen’s vibrant environment, great quality of life, superb infrastructure and dynamic workforce make McAllan an ideal place for someone looking to settle into their golden years or just getting started in their young life.”

McAllen’s location in the Rio Grande Valley was highlighted, with its temperate weather and proximity to Mexico, which make McAllen an appealing retirement destination. With approximately 143,000 residents, McAllen is the third-ranked safest city in the country for 2023 according to’s Top 10 Safest Cities list. Property crime is also lower than average. Housing is also affordable, costing around $285,000 on average according to Redfin. McAllen offers a unique blend of Tex-Mex culture, food and entertainment.

List of other Texas cities include: Colleyville, Elgin, Fairview, Friendswood, Fulshear, Horizon City, Johnson City, Kerrville, Memorial Villages, and Sugar Land.

Deciding where to retire in Texas comes down to preferences. From small towns to metro suburbs, there are many safe havens to consider when planning a Texas retirement.


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