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Overview

As one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S., Fort Worth is a prime retirement location. The city offers retirees a great climate, a long list of recreational opportunities, and close proximity to Dallas.

Climate & Geography

Fort Worth has a humid subtropical climate. Summers in Fort Worth are hot and very humid while winters are cool with an occasional cold front. Temperatures rarely fall below 25 degrees or above triple digits. There are an average of 225 sunny days in the city each year.

Fort Worth is located in the rolling hills of the Great Plains region of Northern Texas. The Trinity River runs through the city, flowing toward the Gulf of Mexico.

Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment

With more than 200 parks and public spaces city wide, active adults have a variety of spaces to choose from for fishing, golfing, athletics, and aquatic activities. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge features prairies, forests, and wetlands spanning over 3,600 acres. The park is home to a number of animals and plants, including bison, alligator, prairie dogs, fauna, and local flora. There are 12 trails active adults can explore throughout the park.

Fort Worth has a variety of unique activities that are sure to allow retirees looking for an active lifestyle. At the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, retirees can explore the many gardens, attend events and exhibits, or volunteer to work in the gardens or educate the community on all the garden has to offer. Exhibits include the largest exhibit of live, exotic butterflies in the region, Butterflies in the Garden. Sports lovers can catch a Dallas Cowboys game at the AT&T Stadium. The stadium also hosts a range of concerts, events, and more.

Fort Worth’s downtown area, Sundance Square, is a 35-block shopping and entertainment district comprised of unique boutiques, well-known stores and shops, galleries, restaurants, and performing arts venues like Bass Performance Hall.

For additional recreation and entertainment, Dallas is located just over 30 minutes away, serving as a perfect day trip.

Cost of Living & Taxes

In Texas, Social Security benefits and all other forms of retirement income are not taxed, and a homestead exemption for eligible homeowners 65+ can help alleviate taxes. Though the cost of living in Fort Worth is higher than the state average, the index is below the national index. Housing is the biggest factor in the cost of living difference. Grocery, health care, and housing costs are below the national average. There is an 8.25 percent sales tax in Fort Worth.

Health Care

UT Southwestern Medical Center is ranked No. 1 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and No. 2 in Texas. The medical center is nationally ranked in seven adult specialities, including cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, ear, nose, and throat, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, and urology. The medical center is also high performing in five adult specialities and six procedures and conditions.

Baylor University Medical Center is ranked No. 2 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and No. 4 in Texas. The medical center is nationally ranked in gynecology and high performing in three specialities and seven procedures and conditions.

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