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Living a College Town Lifestyle in Tyler, Texas

The University of Texas Tyler is a local employer and provides a youthful air to this city. The population in Tyler was over 96,000 in July, 2007 - and growing at over 12% a year. Tyler bills itself as the Rose Capital of America, which it celebrates with its famous fall Texas Rose Festival. Tyler has the largest municipal rose garden in the U.S. It also has the Tyler Azalea Trail, which winds its way through local streets and gardens. The city was a former cotton and oil town and as a result has a beautiful old heritage.

Tyler’s charming brick streets lead visitors to an array of family attractions, quaint antique shops and unique specialty stores. Outdoor buffs enjoy crystal-clear lakes, challenging golf courses and scenic campgrounds that offer fishing, picnicking, paddle-boating and hike and bike trails.

Where to Retire in Tyler and Home Prices

The Bergfeld Park neighborhood is a tree-lined area with attractive brick streets. Cascades Country Club along Lake Bellwood features 3 different mixed-age developments (see Active Communities link sat right). Average home listing price in early 2018 was $239,616 according to Zillow,  although prices vary by neighborhood and development.

What is special about Tyler

Tyler is a certified Texas retirement community, meaning it has met certain criteria to be attractive to retirees. It is the Rose Capital of America. Area attractions include the Caldwell Zoo and Hudnall Planetarium.  Special events throughout the year include the Texas Rose Festival, Azalia and Spring Flower Trail, Festival on the Square, and Movies Under the Stars in Bergfeld Park. The University of Texas Tyler is located on a 259 acre campus here.

What is not special about Tyler

Hot summers and a long drive to a city.

Climate and Physical Environment

Tyler is located in East Texas about 100 miles from Dallas. The average January temp is in the high 40s and the average July temp is in the mid 80s.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Tyler boasts the East Texas Arts Association. The Tyler website speaks of dance, music, theatre, and poetry. There are frequent festivals along with a Zoo and Planetarium. The University of Texas Tyler Cowan Performing Arts Center produces a regular schedule of shows. There are also performances by Ballet Tyler and the East Texas Symphony Orchestra.

Crime

The crime rates is slightly above average.

Medical facilities

Mother Frances Hospital is a 390 bed acute care facility in Tyler. The University of Texas Tyler Medical Center also serves the area.

Transportation

Dallas Fort-Worth Airport is about 100 miles awaya and one of the largest in the world.

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