Retirement Living and Lifestyle in Tyler Texas
Tyler: A Popular Retirement Destination in the South
Located in the rolling hills of East Texas mid-way between Dallas and Shreveport, Tyler has a wide range of appeal, 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 retiree 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. It's easy to get around town!
Tyler was recently rated 16th in the nation for cost of living in "Retirement Places Rated, Special Millennium Edition". The East Texas Council Of Governments qualified Tyler as the first Certified Retirement City in Texas.
Arts and Entertainment in Tyler
The Center for Earth and Space Science Education (CESSE) Planetarium at TJC
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.
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: The Largest Medical Complex in East Texas
All-America Rose selections in the Tyler Rose Garden
Tyler features a large, state-of-the-art medical community, built around a series of major hospital and clinic systems, including UT Health East Texas (formerly ETMC) and the CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances system, that serve all of the East Texas region.
With 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.
In addition, the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, located just northeast of Tyler on U.S. 271, is a unique medical center providing a wide range of therapies and treatment.
Tyler Real Estate
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.
Many retirees 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.
Whatever your lifestyle, Tyler has real estate options to meet your needs!
Transportation Infrastructure in Tyler
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 Dallas DFW and Continental Airlines to Houston Intercontinental Airport.
Shopping in Tyler
Tyler offers a wide variety of shopping opportunities and venues, 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.
Along Dobbs Street during the Tyler Texas Azalea & Spring Flower Trails
Restaurants and Dining
Tyler offers a wide variety of restaurants, cafes, grills and other dining opportunities and venues, from small local eateries to national chain restaurants. Here you find Abuelo's, Saltgrass, Outback, Chuy's, Chipotle and dozens of other fine dining experiences.
Tyler offers significant financial advantages and benefits to retirees. Sales tax is on non-essential items only, there is no state income tax, and property taxes are lower than the national average.
Living in Texas
And if you are new to the Lone Star State, we highly recommended the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce's web site dedicated to Retirement in Tyler.
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 synchonizing 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!