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Mission is a mid-sized city on the southern tip of Texas and a part of the U.S.–Mexico border.
Whether active adults are looking for southern culture or waterside living, Mission offers that plus more. Mission’s low cost of living and pleasant climate also makes the city an excellent choice for retirement.
Climate & Geography
Located in the Rio Grande Valley area of Southern Texas, Mission has a desert climate. Residents of Mission experience humid summers with temperatures reaching the 90s and short, cool winters. There are an average of 231 sunny days in Mission.
The surrounding terrains is mostly made up of desert flatland. The Rio Grande River lines the southern border of the city.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
In Mission, there are a wide variety of outdoor recreation activities for residents, including 25 city parks, two public pools, and 35 facilities for recreation. The parks offer picnic tables, walking trails, athletic courts, playgrounds, and more. Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park is a 588-acre subtropical woodland perfect for bird watching and wildlife viewing. There are four golf courses in Mission enjoyable for novice and professional golfers.
The National Butterfly Center is a 100-acre nature center that houses more than 200 species of butterflies. The nature center hosts events such as the Wild Gardening Festival, Texas Butterfly Festival, and excursion trips.
The Mission Historical Museum displays Mission’s history with rotating galleries for art enthusiasts to enjoy.
Cost of Living & Taxes
In Texas, Social Security benefits and all other forms of retirement income are not taxed. Homeowners who are 65+ are eligible for the homestead exemption when certain requirements are met.
The cost of living in Mission is significantly lower than the state and national average. Grocery, health care, housing, utility, and transportation costs are all below the state index. The sales tax of Mission is 8.25 percent.
There is one hospital in Mission that is rated high performing by U.S. News: Mission Regional Medical Center. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, located in nearby Edinburg, is ranked No. 1 in South Texas Plains and No. 15 in Texas; the hospital is also rated high performing in multiple procedures and conditions.