CITY SPOTLIGHT-AUSTIN,TEXAS

Places to Retire – KAREN, MARTY, MARK AND JOE– We want to thank Ashley and Will at the Austin Chamber, www.austinchamber.com for the following information.   Austin, a city of about 800,000 residents, offers a variety of unique and exciting experiences for active retirees. Those who enjoy outdoor activities will appreciate its sunny year-round climate and mild temperatures. Austin’s average summer temperature is 97 degrees, with an average winter temperature of a mild 62 degrees.

Very appealing to retirees is the fact that all of Texas, including Austin, has no income tax for residents. Depending on the value and location of each taxpayer’s individual home, property taxes will vary somewhat, but the overall rate in Austin is lower than other large Texas cities, such as Dallas and Houston. Texas has a state income tax of 8.25 percent.

Retirees interested in learning in retirement will find multiples programs in Austin through its colleges and universities. The University of Texas has a Continuing and Innovative Education Department, and Austin Community College also has courses of study dedicated to continuing education. Programs of interest to retirees will also be found at Conley Guerrero Senior Activity Center, maintained by Austin Parks and Recreation. The Austin YMCA has an Active Older Adults program which features activities of interest to seniors.

Many retirees like to give back to the community, and Austin offers various opportunities for volunteering such as Family Eldercare, Foster Grandparents Program, Meals on Wheels, United Way, and Capital Area’s First Call for Help Information and Referral.

Retirees love golf, and Austin’s sunny climate is perfect for this activity all year round. Other outdoor attractions in Austin’s beautiful natural setting include the popular Barton springs, Mount Bonnell, and Lady Bird Lake’s hike and bike trails. Austin has earned the title of Live Music Capital of the World, and as the home of the University of Texas, retirees can be sure that there are multiple cultural opportunities. Festivals, symphonies and operas are held all during the year at the Long Center and Bass Concert Hall, and many museums provide art and entertainment of the highest quality

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