Farmers Branch is a suburb of Dallas in Northern Texas. The city's abundance of parks, golf courses, and outdoor recreation have made it a popular retirement destination. Besides this, retirees love the city's local boutiques, farmers market, and breweries.
Climate & Geography
Farmers Branch has a humid subtropical climate. The region experiences four distinct seasons with hot summers and mild winters. Residents can expect to see nearly 40 inches of rainfall and over 200 sunny days each year.
Most of Farmers Branch is built on low-lying prairie land. The Elm Fork Trinity River creates the city's western border, and the Farmers Branch body of water runs through the city.
Recreation, Culture & Entertainment
Farmers Branch is known as a “City in a Park” because it has 28 state and local parks in only 12 square miles. These parks give residents plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, including biking, hiking, camping, fishing, and more. Some other popular landmarks of the city are Branch Historical Park and The Rose Gardens at Farmers Branch.
The city is also home to a variety of antique shops, art galleries, and breweries. Golf courses include the Brookhaven Country Club within city limits and the Maridoe Golf Club just north of Farmers Branch. For even more entertainment, sporting events, and high-end shopping, Dallas is only a half-hour away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Farmers Branch is slightly higher than the national average because of high housing costs.
Texas does not levy a state income tax. Property taxes are higher than average, but there is a homestead exemption aimed at retirees. The combined sales tax rate in Farmers Branch is higher than average at 8.25 percent.
The Dallas metro area ranks in the top 40 communities on Gallup's Well-Being Index.
Though there are no hospitals in Farmers Branch, residents are in easy reach of quality health care. The closest hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. News are Methodist Hospital for Surgery, Baylor Surgical Hospital at Las Colinas, and Medical City Dallas. Additionally, there are two hospitals nearby that are nationally ranked: UT Southwestern Medical Center and Baylor Scott and White The Heart Hospital Plano.