Colorful hot air balloons hover above a lake in Plano, TX.

#3. Plano

On paper, Plano, Texas, appears to be a great place to retire, especially for those looking to stretch their retirement savings as far as possible. The city and state tax laws are highly favorable to retirees, and cost-of-living expenses are low compared to many other places. But look past the numbers and you’ll uncover even more things that make Plano one of the Best Places to Retire, like the city’s low crime rate, outdoor amenities, cultural activities and a high percentage of people age 60 and over.

See where Plano ranks on our 2016 list of 100 Best Places to Live

Retirees in Plano benefit from a strong economy anchored by well-known companies like J.C. Penny, Frito-Lay, Texas Instruments and Intel Security. The city’s economic gains have allowed for the expansion of many quality-of-life amenities like parks, recreation centers and paths connecting neighborhoods with commercial areas. Residents of all ages enjoy the high energy level found in Plano, which extends from the downtown area into surrounding neighborhoods and retirement communities. Which is why we voted it one of the Best Cities for Families in 2015.

It’s an easy transition from natural wonderlands like Arbor Hills Nature Reserve to trendy shopping centers such as Collin Creek Mall and The Shops at Willow Bend. The Dallas Area Rapid Transit System (DART) makes getting around Plano and the surrounding area a breeze. Those looking to get a bit of exercise with their commute can bike, run or jog along a network of more than 56 miles of trails that crisscross the city.

Why we voted Plano one of the Best US Downtowns of 2016

Sports enthusiasts will be happy to know that Plano puts them just a short drive away from major league teams like the Cowboys, Mavericks and Lonestars, in addition to the Texas Motor Speedway and the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Plano is packed with 3,500 acres of recreational space, 35 miles of trails, three aquatic centers and hundreds of athletic fields and tennis courts. It was also voted one of the best soccer cities in the US.

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