History buffs will have their fill of fascinating Old West, Spanish and Mexican historic sites to explore, but San Antonio is more than a mecca of Texas’s past. The city is very much a burgeoning part of the state’s future.
Retirees have begun flocking to the city, thanks to a warm climate, interesting sights, active cultural programs, and almost above all, the famed River Walk. This scenic 5-mile stretch along the San Antonio River is lined with trendy restaurants and colorful shops, and interconnected by a series of bridges and walkways.
Other San Antonio highlights include El Mercado, or Market Square, a 3-block outdoor plaza filled with produce stands, restaurants and shops mainly selling Mexican arts and crafts.
Con: Tourists can seem to overrun the town
Best For: History lovers
Cost of Living: 11.8% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $76,000
Top State Income Tax: No state income tax
Crime Rate: 40% higher than national average
The Spanish Governor’s Palace, formerly the seat of Texas’ government and the oldest structure in the city, and the San Fernando Cathedral, the oldest continually functioning church in Texas are all worth exploring, as well.
San Antonio also exudes a strong military presence; the city is home to Fort Sam Houston, Lackland Air Force Base, Randolph Air Force Base, and Brooks City-Base, all of which make it an attractive destination for military retirees.
A variety of housing is available to retirees, including planned retirement communities, apartments, condos and houses. Of course, factors which play a large role in making San Antonio so attractive to retirees also includes the lack of state income tax, a cost of living that’s nearly 12% below the national average, and median home prices less than $100,000.
Retirees hoping to continue working after retirement can find a part-time job at one of the city’s many tourist sites or tourist-centric businesses. The South Texas Medical Center, consisting of hospitals, clinics, and research institutions, is also located in San Antonio and employs 27,000.