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Thanks to its ample medical care and recreation centers, experts have identified Katy as the best place to retire in Texas.

Meghan Overdeep
June 25, 2018

Retirees looking to spend their golden years in style and comfort should set their course for Katy, Texas. 

A new report compiled by SmartAsset found Katy’s ample medical care options and recreation centers ideal for retirees, earning the small suburb just west of Houston the coveted distinction of best place to retire in Texas.

To reach this conclusion, the website identified three “separate regional factors that affect the quality of life for retirees” which were used to generate a “best place to retire index.” These factors include income and sales taxes; the number of doctors’ offices, recreation centers, and retirement centers per 1,000 residents; and the size of the senior population.

With 17.6 doctors’ offices per 1,000 people, Katy has considerably more medical options than its Houston-area neighbors. Nearby Richmond has 7.3 doctors per 1,000 people, followed by Tomball with 8.8, 13.3 in Webster, and 8.4 in Humble. And when it comes to entertainment (a key factor for retirees), Katy offers up 3.6 recreation centers per 1,000 people — compared with 2.0 in Richmond, 1.3 in Tomball, 1.2 in Webster, and 2.0 in Humble.

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Ironically, seniors currently make up less than 12% of the population in Katy, compared with 18% in Tomball, but something tells us that’s about to change.