Tyler Texas Relocation Guide
Texas: A Popular Relocation Destination
In recent years, people relocating to Texas from other states have played a key role in the state's population growth, according to a new analysis by the Office of the State Demographer.
From 2005 to 2013, an estimated 5.9 million people moved to Texas, and 4.8 million of those came from one of the other 49 states.
Many workers, families and retirees are relocating to Tyler to enjoy its small town atmosphere, yet have many of the amenities of larger cities.
Located in the rolling hills of East Texas mid-way between Dallas and Shreveport, Tyler has a wide range of appeal to young and old alike, including its mild climate.
It features an active arts & cultural community, a modern easily accessible jetport, recreation on nearby Lake Tyler, and fishing, boating and camping on Lake Palestine coupled with a warm climate and low cost of living.
Tyler has the most often sought after requirements for quality living, such as low crime rate, affordable housing, state-of-the-art health care, abundant recreation, an active arts scene, and a variety of educational opportunities at local universities.
Visitors and residents find the city clean, friendly, and safe, with minimal traffic congestion. Like anywhere, there ARE congested areas, like South Broadway and the southern parts of Loop 323. But overall, it's easy to get around town!
The Tyler Area Metropolitan Planning Organization estimates the population of Tyler in March of 2018 at 105,719. Details at the website of the City of Tyler.
View our special section on Tyler vital statistics such as elevation, coordinates, population, zip codes, area code, and climate. Read more about Tyler Vital Statistics
Tyler's lifestyle is cosmopolitan, yet has the feel, benefits, safety and friendliness of a small town. A variety of museums in Tyler offer cultural and educational opportunities for all ages, as does the new Liberty Hall performing arts center and theater in downtown Tyler located in a restored 1930s movie house.
It offers benefits such as the East Texas Symphony Orchestra and a variety of plays and musicals, at various venues including the renown Cowan Center located on the campus of the University of Texas at Tyler.
The highly-respected Tyler Museum of Art showcases both permanent, rotating and visiting collections. The Museum is currently engaged in the design of a much larger facility.
Tyler Junior College (TJC) is the home of the highly-respected CESSE Planetarium. And the Caldwell Zoo is well known for its collection and educational opportunities.
The home of the East Texas Symphony Orchestra, the Cowan Center at the University of Texas at Tyler (UTT) (Photo Courtesy of the Cowan Center
Downtown Tyler - New entertainment-related businesses housed in renovated buildings have revitalized downtown Tyler and are attracting people to the Square and surrounding areas. Coffee houses, restaurants, music shops, annual art festivals, art galleries, museums, events at Liberty Hall, and more offer an exciting downtown experience.
Tyler has a wide range of places to enjoy year-round, plus seasonal events such as the Tyler Azalea Trail in March and the Texas Rose Festival in October. Numerous side trips make getting into the surrounding countryside pure pleasure!
Tyler features a large, state-of-the-art healthcare and medical community, built around a series of major hospital and clinic systems, including the UT Health East Texas (formerly ETMC) and CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, that serve all of the East Texas region.
These major hospitals, clinics, outpatient facilities, and doctors offices in the Tyler area hire thousands of doctors, nurses, lab technicians, xray technicians, CT technologists, pharmacists, urgent care specialists, occupational therapists, and dozens of other medical jobs.
While UT Health and Trinity Mother Frances have their major hospitals located in Tyler proper, these institutions offer large, fully-equipped clinics in locales such as Canton, Jacksonville, Lake Palestine, Pittsburg, Athens, Lindale, Whitehouse, and many other East Texas sites.
Those relocating to Tyler who have not yet established a local clinic or doctor have access to several options for emergency medical care. Among the facilities available are Excel ER, Neighbors ER, Patients ER and Tyler Urgent Care.
Home building and real estate options in Tyler are plentiful, and include a variety of subdivisions, gated communities, golfing communities, lake-front sites, condominiums, townhouses, senior living facilities, and country ranch-style living.
The Tyler real estate market offers a wide-range of competent, licensed realtors, brokers, and agencies. For more information on Tyler realtors, visit the Greater Tyler Association of Realtors website.
If you are looking for a homebuilder, a good starting point is the Tyler Area Builders Association (TABA).
Many workers and families live in one of several small, nearby "bedroom" communities such as Bullard, Chandler, Whitehouse, Flint, Gresham, Edom, Lindale, Arp, Frankston, Noonday, Chapel Hill, Troup and Brownsboro. See the map below.
Tyler has an excellent, solid transportation infrastructure which equates to short, easy commuting times and experiences with inner Loop 323 and the new Toll Loop 49. Those of us who have retired here find it easy to get around town, and that traffic congestion really isn't an issue. Interstate Highway I-20 is only about 10 miles away, bringing easy access to the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex and other Texas cities.
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport is a state-of-the-art airport providing jet service to cities worldwide via American Airlines to the Dallas DFW airport.
The city of Tyler offers bus transportation through Tyler Transit.
Included on this site are several maps of the Tyler, Texas metropolitan area, from sources such as Google, Smith County, the Smith County Appraisal District SCAD, and the University of Texas at Austin. View Tyler Maps
Tyler offers a wide variety of shopping centers and stores, from small boutiques to regional shopping centers with local and national merchants.
It is the largest retail center in East Texas, and the largest between Dallas and Shreveport. Much of Tyler's retail shopping is located along the South Broadway Avenue commercial corridor, and is a great place to shop in Tyler.
From Home Depot to Lowe's, from Kohl's to Dillard's, and from the Broadway Square Mall to the new Village at Cumberland Park, all of your shopping needs are close and available.
Tyler features a diverse array of restaurants, cafes, grills and other dining opportunities and venues, from small local eateries to national chain restaurants.
Here you find Panera Bread, the Corner Bakery, Outback, Chuy's, Chipotle and dozens of other fine dining experiences.
Plus, don't miss the classic traditions of Tyler, like Stanley's Famous Bar-B-Que on Beckham Avenue. And everyone in town is familiar with Loggins Restaurant at 137 South Glenwood Boulevard ... fried chicken, sea food, steaks, pies, and more!
Tyler offers a wide range of hotels, motels, inns, extended-stay suites, B&Bs, RV parks, and other accommodations situated near the major tourist, business, shopping, and medical centers of the city.
The City of Tyler operates using the Mayor-Council-Manager form of local government. The Tyler City Council consists of the Mayor, elected at-large, and six single member district Council members elected for two-year terms.
Tyler is the county seat of of Smith County. The Smith County Commissioners Court consists of a County Judge elected by the voters of Smith County, and four Commissioners elected by their respective precincts.
City of Tyler
Smith County Appraisal District (SCAD)
Smith County Elections & Voter Information
Official Toll 49 website
North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA)
TxDOT Tyler District
TxDOT Statewide Road Conditions
Tyler Pounds Regional Airport
Flint-Gresham Volunteer Fire Department
Brick Streets National Historic District, Tyler, Texas, established 2004
Even in difficult economic times, Tyler's diverse economy remains robust with its base in the manufacturing, retail, oil & gas, education, technology, nursery, and health care industries. Read more about jobs and careers in Tyler
The East Texas area supports a large number of oilfield jobs and energy careers in the petrochemical, natural gas, drilling and refining business sectors. Learn more about the oil and gas industry in Tyler
Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau
Tyler Azalea Trail (March)
Texas Rose Festival
Tyler Rose Museum
East Texas State Fair (September)
Tyler Museum of Art
Tyler State Park
Brookshire's World of Wildlife Museum and Country Store
Cowan Center at UT-Tyler
East Texas Symphony Orchestra
Historic Aviation Memorial Museum
Pine Cove Christian Camps
Rose Rudman Recreational Trail
Things to Do for Kids & Teens in Tyler
Golf Courses in Tyler
CESSE Planetarium at TJC
A series of public and private schools offer a variety of educational options in the Tyler area.
Three institutions of higher education provide education to thousands. Read more about Tyler education options
University of Texas at Tyler
Tyler Junior College
All Saints Episcopal School
Tyler Area Christian Home Educators (TACHE)
Diocese of Tyler Catholic Schools
Bishop T.K. Gorman Catholic School
St. Gregory Catholic School
East Texas Christian Academy
Grace Community School
UT Tyler Innovation Academy
Oak Hills Montessori School
Brownsboro ISD (including Chandler)
Bullard Independent School District (ISD)
Chapel Hill ISD
The Brook Hill School
Motor Vehicle Registration - The local office of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is located at 4700 University Boulevard in Tyler, at phone 903.939.6014
Driver's License info at DPS
Motor Vehicle Inspection
TxTag.org to obtain a Texas toll tag
And if you are new to the Lone Star State, visit our Waltz Across Texas section for a quick overview of facts and photos about Texas!
Tyler: Highly Recommended !
One story: we moved to Tyler in 2007, and love it! The people are friendly and open, the streets are clean with flowers and roses in the medians. Crime is minimal.
Housing is affordable, whether you want lakeside living, a condo on a golf course, a large rambling ranch home, or an easily maintainable zero-lot-line townhome.
There are many options for health care, with three of the largest hospitals between Shreveport and Dallas. The arts community is active, and the spring Azalea Trails and fall Rose Festival are not to be missed.
Despite what "the oldtimers" say, traffic congestion is really not a problem, and it takes only a few minutes to get from one place to the next in town due to expert synchronizing by the city. And Tyler is not on I-20, and does not have the problems that come with a city on an interstate.
Every cuisine you might want is available, and more new restaurants like Panera Bread, Chipotle, Corner Bakery and Chuy's settle in Tyler each year. We sometimes travel to Dallas for the day to shop, but really, with Kohl's, Dilliard's and dozens more national stores and local boutiques, we mostly shop in Tyler.
And if we feel the desire to "escape", in a few minutes in any direction we can be driving small country roads, through farms and ranches and alongside area lakes.
Tyler is a caring place, with active support for many charitable organizations such as the Food Bank and Salvation Army, and an active church and religious community.
It's a perfect, active retirement destination for us! We wish we had moved here sooner!