• November 30, 2021
 Report: Brewster County rated top county in Texas to retire

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Report: Brewster County rated top county in Texas to retire

Buyers and sellers of real estate alike—when asked what are the three most essential considerations about a property—will nearly always reply “location, location, location.”

While this answer is sometimes tongue-in-cheek, it is often quite accurate, and this reply perhaps applies to retirees more than any other demographic.

“Settling down after a lifetime of working and perhaps raising a family calls for the perfect location: a spot where you can enjoy life with as few concerns as possible,” Stacker’s researchers share.

When seniors aged 65 years or older decide on where they want to live out their golden years, they consider very specific factors, such as the cost of living, government services, health care facilities, weather and overall climate, crime rate, outdoor recreational activities, eating establishments, cultural and entertainment opportunities, and more.

Just over 200 miles east of El Paso, Brewster County tops the list for 2021.  With Alpine and Marathon leading the way, the rugged country, iconic views and small town feel helps the West Texas county top the list.

According to researchers, within Brewster County, the average price for a home is $151,400, with 58% ownership.  With 42% renting in the county, the median price is $703; with a median household income at $47,080

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to retire in Texas using data from Niche. Niche ranks counties based on a variety of factors including cost of living, healthcare, recreation and weather.

“Location is critical as retirees determine where to spend their senior years enjoying favorite activities; however, it’s a very unique decision based on a multitude of preferences and needs,” researchers added.

“Whether it be bustling downtowns or access to parks, affordable home prices or cultural amenities like museums, retirees seeking to settle in a permanent spot are sure to find a private paradise in any of these counties recommended by Niche because, in the end, there is no place like home—no matter the location.”

Top 5 counties to retire in Texas

#5. Aransas County
#4. Llano County
#3. Sabine County
#2. Wood County
#1. Brewster County

Below are the top 25 counties to retire to, according to Stacker, using data from Niche.

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#25. Hamilton County

– Population: 8,332
– Median home value: $130,800 (82% own)
– Median rent: $678 (18% rent)
– Median household income: $50,825
– Top places to live: Hamilton (B)

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#24. Jasper County

– Population: 35,506
– Median home value: $100,900 (78% own)
– Median rent: $765 (22% rent)
– Median household income: $44,370
– Top places to live: Jasper (B-), Evadale (B-), Buna (C+)

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#23. Burnet County

– Population: 46,530
– Median home value: $192,000 (77% own)
– Median rent: $809 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $59,492
– Top places to live: Meadowlakes (B+), Burnet (B+), Cottonwood Shores (B)

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#22. Montague County

– Population: 19,489
– Median home value: $115,400 (72% own)
– Median rent: $858 (28% rent)
– Median household income: $51,765
– Top places to live: Nocona (B-), Bowie (C), Montague (B)

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#21. Morris County

– Population: 12,373
– Median home value: $90,400 (73% own)
– Median rent: $682 (27% rent)
– Median household income: $41,359
– Top places to live: Daingerfield (B-), Naples (B), Omaha (B)

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#20. Trinity County

– Population: 14,620
– Median home value: $83,700 (77% own)
– Median rent: $748 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $41,357
– Top places to live: Trinity (C)

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#19. Rains County

– Population: 11,766
– Median home value: $127,900 (78% own)
– Median rent: $733 (22% rent)
– Median household income: $51,579
– Top places to live: Emory (B), Point (C+), East Tawakoni (C+)

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#18. Gillespie County

– Population: 26,459
– Median home value: $286,900 (72% own)
– Median rent: $948 (28% rent)
– Median household income: $59,155
– Top places to live: Fredericksburg (B), Stonewall (B+), Harper (B-)

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#17. Henderson County

– Population: 81,070
– Median home value: $108,500 (75% own)
– Median rent: $785 (25% rent)
– Median household income: $47,355
– Top places to live: Athens (B), Gun Barrel City (B), Seven Points (B-)

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#16. Brown County

– Population: 37,855
– Median home value: $102,500 (72% own)
– Median rent: $765 (28% rent)
– Median household income: $48,365
– Top places to live: Early (A-), Brownwood (B), Bangs (B+)

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#15. Comanche County

– Population: 13,529
– Median home value: $105,000 (80% own)
– Median rent: $533 (20% rent)
– Median household income: $53,516
– Top places to live: Comanche (B), De Leon (B), Gustine (C+)

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#14. Fayette County

– Population: 25,141
– Median home value: $182,100 (82% own)
– Median rent: $809 (18% rent)
– Median household income: $60,189
– Top places to live: La Grange (B+), Schulenburg (B), Carmine (B)

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#13. Eastland County

– Population: 18,273
– Median home value: $73,900 (77% own)
– Median rent: $565 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $37,276
– Top places to live: Cisco (A-), Eastland (B), Gorman (B)

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#12. Tyler County

– Population: 21,518
– Median home value: $88,100 (84% own)
– Median rent: $696 (16% rent)
– Median household income: $44,497
– Top places to live: Woodville (B-), Colmesneil (B-), Chester (B-)

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#11. Haskell County

– Population: 5,726
– Median home value: $53,900 (76% own)
– Median rent: $546 (24% rent)
– Median household income: $40,313
– Top places to live: Stamford (B+), Haskell (B), Weinert (B-)

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#10. Leon County

– Population: 17,225
– Median home value: $111,000 (77% own)
– Median rent: $773 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $43,045
– Top places to live: Normangee (A-), Buffalo (B+), Oakwood (B+)

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#9. Kerr County

– Population: 51,843
– Median home value: $180,600 (71% own)
– Median rent: $874 (29% rent)
– Median household income: $55,990
– Top places to live: Kerrville (B+)

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#8. Bandera County

– Population: 22,215
– Median home value: $174,200 (85% own)
– Median rent: $897 (15% rent)
– Median household income: $58,661
– Top places to live: Lakehills (B+)

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#7. San Augustine County

– Population: 8,286
– Median home value: $88,000 (77% own)
– Median rent: $656 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $40,353
– Top places to live: Broaddus (B)

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#6. Hood County

– Population: 58,318
– Median home value: $193,500 (77% own)
– Median rent: $961 (23% rent)
– Median household income: $64,041
– Top places to live: DeCordova (B+), Pecan Plantation (B), Granbury (B-)

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#5. Aransas County

– Population: 24,462
– Median home value: $156,800 (80% own)
– Median rent: $1,012 (20% rent)
– Median household income: $45,137
– Top places to live: Rockport (B+), Fulton (B), Lamar (C-)

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#4. Llano County

– Population: 21,047
– Median home value: $194,800 (78% own)
– Median rent: $885 (22% rent)
– Median household income: $53,411
– Top places to live: Llano (B+), Horseshoe Bay (B), Kingsland (C+)

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#3. Sabine County

– Population: 10,471
– Median home value: $116,300 (88% own)
– Median rent: $566 (12% rent)
– Median household income: $34,992
– Top places to live: Hemphill (B-), Milam (C+), Pineland (C)

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#2. Wood County

– Population: 44,366
– Median home value: $137,500 (80% own)
– Median rent: $787 (20% rent)
– Median household income: $53,394
– Top places to live: Winnsboro (B+), Mineola (B+), Quitman (B+)

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#1. Brewster County

– Population: 9,231
– Median home value: $151,400 (58% own)
– Median rent: $703 (42% rent)
– Median household income: $47,080
– Top places to live: Alpine (A), Marathon (A), Study Butte (unavailable)

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