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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Nacogdoches, Texas

Nacogdoches, Texas, a warm and sparkling college community, is recognized as exemplary in several areas - including housing, safety, working opportunities, healthcare services, transportation, continuing education, recreation, cultural events, sports, community services and spiritual enrichment.

Situated in the Texas Forest Country of East Texas, "The oldest town in Texas" was the headquarters of Spanish government in the 1700s for a significant portion of Texas. Early Caddo settlement here predate that arrival of Europeans, having begun about 700 B.C. Evidence of these mound-building Native Americans can still be found in the city's National Historic District, and an hour's drive west of nearby Alto. Nacogdoches was home to several heroes of the battles for Texas Independence, including Sam Houston and Thomas J. Rusk. Rusk is buried in the town's beautiful historic Oak Grove Cemetery.

Stephen F. Austin State University, with 11,000 students, plays a major role in the vitality, culture and attractiveness of the community. A public four-year university with seven colleges, SFA offers a wide variety of quality academic programs with the personalization one might expect to find at a private college. Students can choose from more than 80 undergraduate majors and 120 areas of study and nearly 60 graduate degrees, including two doctoral programs. NCAA Division I sports attract fans of football, basketball, baseball, track, softball, volleyball, soccer, equestrian events and more.

Where to Retire in Nacogdoches and Home Prices

There are active adult communities in the area.

The median listing price was $178,004, in early 2022, according to Zillow.

What Is Special about Nacogdoches

- Lake Nacogdoches - Steven F. Austin University - Oldest town in Texas - Old Stone Fort - Azalea Trail - Texas Blueberry Festival - El Camino Real - Historic Downtown. Use this link for a page that gives more help on what is is like to retire in Texas

What Is Not Special about Nacogdoches

Unlike the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, Austin, Houston and certain oil producing regions of Texas, Nacogdoches is not a boom town. The stability of being a university community located in one of the earliest-settled portions of the state has kept this charming East Texas town from enduring the wild ups and downs of those faster-paced Lone Star locations.

Climate and Physical Environment

The climate is moist and mild with temperatures that range from an average high of 94 degrees F in July to an average low of 36 degrees F in January. The growing season extends for an annual average of 245 days. Crops include hay and other feeds, vegetables, and fruits. It is the number one blueberry producer in Texas, and is the site of the Texas Blueberry Festival. Many residents raise successful gardens.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Lamp-Lite Community Theatre, one of the largest in East Texas, has been providing quality family entertainment to the community for more than 35 years. Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts, University Series hosts national and international touring productions, including orchestral, chamber music, theatrical, dance and vocal performances. Musical concerts include jazz, band, and regional and local orchestral concerts, along with student, faculty and guest artist recitals. The SFASU School of Art presents annual exhibitions, plus the Texas National, a national competition.


The crime rate is below the national average.

Medical Facilities

Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital and Nacogdoches Medical Center


Nacogdoches is intersected by U.S. Highway 59, State Highway 21, and State Highway 7. Nacogdoches is 65 miles south of Interstate 20. It is located approximately 140 miles northeast of Houston and 160 miles southeast of Dallas. Brazos Transit District offers a low-cost fixed route bus system, plus call-in options. A. L. Mangham Regional Airport welcomes business, private and pleasure aircraft.

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