Houston consistently ranks among the best places to retire, thanks to its warm weather, low cost of living, and virtually endless activities. Houston is also America’s most diverse city, which means you’re sure to meet new people and encounter plenty of folks who share your interests, cultural background, and values. One recent survey ranked Houston as the 14th most desirable location to retire in the entire country. Here are the top 5 reasons to consider this warm, welcoming city.
Low Cost of Living
The cost of living in Houston is 10 percent below that of the national average, with housing prices 22 percent lower than those of the national average. You can get a beautiful home or apartment in a safe neighborhood for much less here. Texas also does not tax income, which means you can keep more of your money. For seniors who don’t want to take on the burdens of homeownership, senior living remains an affordable option that offers luxury care.
As you age, the cold can take its toll on your health. It’s harder to get outside and exercise in frigid temperatures, and some seniors with joint conditions find that the cold makes things worse. Houston is warm year-round, with seasonal cooling during the winter months. And unlike other popular warm destinations, like Florida, the heat is a dry heat. That means the air won’t feel as heavy, even in the hottest summer months.
Warm weather means more opportunities to take up new hobbies—or expand upon old ones. You might spend your retirement camping or hiking, enjoying year-round gardening, or discovering the joys of boating. The warm climate can also entice loved ones to visit, especially during the winter months, when they may be sick of the snow and cold at home.
Plenty of Day Trips
No matter how much you love Houston, you may want to take a quick trip to another city with the kids or grandkids. Houston offers plenty of easy day trips to nearby campsites, attractions, and cities, making travel easy and affordable. Check out the Sam Houston National Forest or the Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge.
A Wide Range of Activities
You don’t have to travel outside of the city to see something new. Houston’s cultural life is rich and diverse, with a vibrant art and music scene, dozens of amazing restaurants, and plenty of ways to shop till you drop. The grandkids will love the Houston Zoo, and Space Center Houston. Daredevils of all ages may enjoy the Prison Break Escape Room or a helicopter tour at sunset. To take in all of Houston’s best sights, get a Houston CityPASS, which offers admission to the Downtown Aquarium, the Museum of Fine Arts, and more.
Exceptional Senior Activity and Living Options
Houston’s senior population is growing, and the city has responded by offering a vast array of resources. The Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous senior-friendly activities, while the Harris County Area Agency on Aging offers responsive, supportive assistance with a wide range of senior health and planning issues. There are plenty of excellent senior living options here, too, boasting a robust list of activities, exceptional care, and delicious food.
Arbor Terrace at Kingwood Town Center helps seniors enjoy all the benefits of a Houston retirement, but without the stress of buying and maintaining a house. We offer lots of activities, special events, and day trips, as well as support when you need it. No wonder our residents say that the move to Kingwood was the best decision they ever made. Give us a call or schedule a tour to learn about what makes Kingwood so special.