A southeastern suburb of Houston, Texas, League City is a historic, lakeside town popular for its abundant water recreation. With its year-round warmth and historic downtown, it is an in-demand retirement destination for active adults. In addition, retirees love being near the waterside and historic amenities of nearby Galveston.
Climate & Geography
League City is in Coastal Texas and has a humid subtropical climate. Summers are hot, long, and humid, while winters are mild to cool with frequent rain. There is more than average rainfall, no snow, and an average of 203 days of sun a year.
The terrain is mainly flat and treeless. League City sits on the southern border of Clear Lake and is just east of Galveston Bay, which leads to the Gulf of Mexico.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Most of the outdoor recreation in League City is based around water. Residents can fish, boat, and swim at Clear Lake Park to the north and Galveston Bay to the east. In addition, the Armand Bayou Nature Center north of Clear Lake is a popular expansive nature preserve with a safari-style zoo.
Downtown League City is the historic district, featuring antique shops, restored local boutiques, and Victorian-era cafes. Other popular amenities include a Saturday farmers market, two golf courses, and the nearby Space Center Houston and Johnson Space Center for NASA enthusiasts.
Nearby Galveston is a popular destination, just a half-hour drive from League City. Its historic area, The Strand, offers historic pubs and specialty shops. In addition, the sporting and cultural events of Houston are also just a half hour away.
Cost of Living & Taxes
League City’s cost of living matches the national average. While housing costs are above average, utilities and transportation are below.
Texas is very tax friendly to retirees because it does not levy an income tax. Property taxes in the state are very high, but there is a homestead exemption available to retirees. Sales taxes are also very high.
The Houston metro area scores well on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top 50 communities across the country.
The closest hospitals that are rated high performing by U.S. news are Clear Lake Regional Medical Center in Webster, Bayshore Medical Center in Pasadena, and Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital in Baytown.
Nearby Houston has several nationally ranked hospitals, including Houston Methodist Hospital, Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Additionally, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is the No. 1 cancer treatment center in the U.S.