5 Reasons to Retire in Dallas-Fort Worth

Dallas-Fort Worth attracts new residents from all over the country, including many active adults.

There are many reasons to retire in the bustling metropolitan area of Dallas-Fort Worth. The Metroplex is famously known for its Tex-Mex, barbecue, and exciting sports scene. Dallas is the only city to host the Super Bowl, World Series, and NBA championship games in the same calendar year. Whether they want to live near family and friends or they want to take advantage of all that Dallas-Fort Worth has to offer, people continue to flock to DFW from all over Texas and around the globe.

Retirees are also attracted to DFW, whether they prefer the wide-open spaces of Denton or easy access to lakes in Frisco. Check out these five reasons to retire in DFW, and take a look at the many 55+ communities around the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.

1. No State Income Tax

Retirees living on a fixed income can make their dollars stretch further by living in DFW. Texas doesn’t have a state income tax, which means Social Security retirement benefits and all other types of retirement income are tax-free. Texas is one of just seven states—joining Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Washington, and Wyoming—that doesn’t levy a personal income tax.

2. A Pleasant Year-Round Climate

A grove of trees during the fall in the Dallas-Fort Worth area
DFW experiences mild winters, making it an ideal retirement destination.

Retirees who want to put away their snow shovel for good can find respite in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. DFW experiences mild winters, making it an ideal retirement destination for those who have grown weary of the cold. While Texas is often known for its heat, DFW experiences all four seasons—sometimes in the same week. Plenty of sunshine and enjoyable temperatures give residents many opportunities to enjoy the city, both indoors and outdoors.

3. A Picturesque Skyline

Aerial view of a bridge in front of the Dallas skyline
Dallas boasts one of the country’s most iconic skylines.

Whether retirees are grabbing a bite to eat in Deep Ellum or strolling the Dallas Design District, they’re bound to have a breathtaking view. Dallas boasts one of the country’s most iconic skylines. In 2014, the Dallas skyline claimed the top spot in the Best International Skyline contest category for USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice survey.

One of the Dallas skyline’s most recognizable landmarks is Reunion Tower, an observation tower that rises 571 feet and offers panoramic 360-degree views of Big D. Other dominant features include the 72-story Bank of America Plaza building and the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge, which is a local hotspot for urban photoshoots.

4. The Texas State Fair

The ferris wheel at the Texas State Fair
The State Fair of Texas is the country’s longest-running fair.

Retirees who live in DFW can easily experience the nostalgic joys, exciting events, and immersive flavors of the legendary State Fair of Texas. Held every year since 1886 in Dallas’ historic Fair Park, the State Fair of Texas is the country’s longest-running fair. It’s also one of the largest by average daily attendance, drawing more than 2.25 million visitors each year.

Living in a 55+ community in DFW puts retirees in the heart of the action every fall. They don’t have to commute from another Texas city or book a hotel room to experience all the fun and food the fair has to offer. Retirees can check out impressive cars at the auto show, catch a live concert, or sink their teeth into creative new fair food. Some of the hottest food offerings include deep-fried pico de gallo and Southern-fried chicken nachos.

5. Some of the Best Retirement Communities in Texas

Aerial view of the amenities at Del Webb at Union Park in Little Elm, Texas
DFW is home to several age-restricted neighborhoods situated within master-planned communities.

DFW offers a massive variety of active lifestyle communities, making it appealing to retirees. Options abound for active adults who want to be close to family and experience the amenities and social atmosphere of a 55+ community. DFW is home to several age-restricted neighborhoods situated within master-planned communities.

While there are 44 active adult communities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, here are the neighborhoods and apartment communities located within the city limits of both Dallas and Fort Worth.


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