Top 10 Reasons to Retire in Tyler, TX

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By Pamela Walters

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Tyler is a clean, beautiful city for all age groups, but there are 10 good reasons it is becoming
known as an ideal retirement spot:

  1. Low Cost of Living
  2. Warm Climate
  3. Abundant Recreation
  4. Educational Opportunities
  5. Housing Options
  6. Financial Services
  7. Excellent Medical Services
  8. Cultural Attractions and Events
  9. Fine Dining and Convenient Shopping
  10. Spiritual Opportunities

1. Cost of Living

On the national index, Tyler is below the national average for the cost of living. The economy
is diverse, and Tyler is considered the manufacturing, health care, educational and retail center
of East Texas. The area offers abundant and low cost labor, land and buildings.

2. Warm Climate

A prime commodity in East Texas is our consistently mild weather. That, plus an abundance of
lakes, state parks, and national forests, contributes to a superb quality of life.

East Texas has four distinct seasons – fall, winter, summer, and spring – with an average of 245
days of sunny weather annually. Usually, Tyler’s winter is limited to January and February. Even
so, there are often warm days in February with daffodils dotting the landscape.

The biggest advantage to our pleasant climate is the opportunity to enjoy outdoor activities. East
Texas is famous for its festivals, art and crafts fairs, and flea markets.

In addition, there are 22 city parks and one of the finest private zoos in the nation. Residents can
enjoy a year-round calendar of outdoor concerts and other special events.

3. Abundant Recreation

It’s a sure bet that a city surrounded by 27 prime sporting lakes will offer great recreational sports
and good fishing. For bass fishing, Lake Fork, located less than an hour from Tyler, has produced 11
of the top 20 bass in Texas. For serene beauty, Lake Tyler and Lake Palestine are just minutes from
Tyler. Tyler State Park consists of 985 acres of woods surrounding a small but beautiful lake.
Twenty-five additional parks are located in Tyler, all with picnic areas. Four local parks have ideal
hiking and bike trails.

Tyler offers eight golf courses, five public and three private. The Eisenhower International Golf
Classic is held in Tyler every spring.

Other Recreational Facilities and Activities

  • Tennis Courts
  • Parks/Playgrounds
  • Ball Parks/Soccer Fields
  • Bowling Alley
  • Health Clubs
  • Hike/Bike Trails
  • Picnic Areas
  • Swimming Pools

4. Educational Opportunities

Tyler puts a high priority on educational opportunities for people of all ages. Our city is served by
Tyler Junior College, Texas College and the University of Texas at Tyler. State-of-the-art fine arts
performance facilities enhance university and college sponsored attractions, including performances
of theater, music and dance, the University of Texas at Tyler Distinguished Lecture Series and a
wide variety of continuing education opportunities.

5. Housing Options

Tyler offers the best selections of retirement living in a continuing care community. Many of these
retirement neighorhoods offer a variety of services, activities, and skilled care.

Multi-family accommodations include over 55 apartment communities from exclusive townhomes
to garden-style developments.

Many luxury retirement communities are located in Tyler, where both independent and assisted
living services are provided. The communities offer both rental apartment homes and lovely
planned neighborhoods.

6. Financial Services

Tyler is a city that proudly offers all of the amenities of a major financial market. Tyler is
headquarters to several local and regional banks, and there is a substantial representation of
the major national banks, as well. With more than 20 banks and credit unions serving Tyler, you
will find that banking in Tyler offers convenience and peace of mind.

In today’s complicated and competitive investment environment you will be relieved to find an
array of investment and brokerage firms. Tyler is served by more than a dozen highly respected
firms that provide highly personalized service, broad market research capabilities, and customized
financial solutions. Tyler offers access to Wall Street from the comfort and beauty of East Texas.

7. Excellent Medical Services

Serving as the regional health care center for eastern Texas, Tyler is home to some of medicine’s
most advanced care from respected institutions such as the University of Texas Health Center, with
over 70 primary care and specialty physicians and a 150 bed acute care hospital all under one roof.
East Texas Medical Center is the largest hospital in East Texas, specializing in acute care medicine
and extending quality care through regional centers, including the area’s first and only Level 1
trauma center. Also, advanced oncology care and a full range of behavioral health services are
offered for all age groups, including seniors. Trinity Mother Frances Hospital was recently named
one of the nation’s best-performing hospitals for open-heart surgery. Trinity Mother Frances Health
System is also recognized for outstanding patient care for cancer, diabetes, neuro and orthopedic
disorders and urologic disease. Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital of Tyler is a 63 bed JCAHO and
CARF accredited hospital conveniently located near the hospital district.

8. Cultural Attractions and Events

  • Tyler Museum of Art – Exhibitions free to the public with other programs, including
    films, musical and theatrical performances, lectures and seminars.
  • Hudnall Planetarium – Multimedia presentations and once-a-month “star parties” are
    great family fun.
  • Caldwell Zoo – Over 1500 animals of 250 species share a 50 acre compound.
  • Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and Museum – 14 acres and 400 rose varieties testify
    to Tyler’s standing as the “Rose Capital of the World.” The museum displays items related
    to Tyler’s rose growing industry.
  • Brookshire’s World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store – Over 250 mounted
    examples of wildlife, and a replica of a 1920’s grocery store.
  • Harrold’s Model Train Museum – 11200 pieces of rolling stock on more than 300 feet
    of track. 1100 trains in lighted showcases.
  • Goodman Museum – A delight for antique lovers and historians, this Tyler landmark brings
    the past to life.
  • McClendon House – One of the finest examples of Eastlake-Bracketed Victorian Architecture
    remaining in Texas.
  • Smith County Historical Museum – Home to Smith County artifacts dating from the
    days of Indian occupation to the present.
  • Tyler Rodeo Arena – A covered rodeo arena.
  • Tyler State Park – Camping, boating, swimming, hiking, fishing, canoe and paddleboat
    rental. 985 acres of beautiful park grounds surround a spring-fed lake.

Annual Events

• Azalea & Spring Flower Trail • Cinco de Mayo • Eisenhower International Golf Classic
• Juneteenth Celebration • Festival on the Square • Beauty & the Beast Bike Tour • East Texas State Fair
• Texas Rose Festival • Mistletoe and Magic • Christmas Parade

Arts & Culture

  • Tyler Civic Theatre – Theatre in the round stages five performances from fall to spring.
  • East Texas Symphony Orchestra – The symphony offers a subscription series of five
    concerts, plus two free outdoor concerts.
  • Tyler Civic Ballet – The ballet hosts an annual spring performance at Wise Auditorium
    on the Tyler Junior College campus.

9. Fine Dining and Convenient Shopping

With approximately 122 dine-in restaurants and 51 fast food establishments, East Texans come
from all over to sample our delicious cuisine!

Spend a day exploring Tyler’s retail treasures! Shopping centers, specialty shops, antique shops,
the Broadway Square Mall, and our own monthly flea market at the Tyler Market Center
will entice you with thousands of unique and affordable items you just won’t be able to resist!

10. Spiritual Opportunities

Tyler offers 167 places of worship representing all major denominations.

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