Best Places for Military Retirement
#3 Austin-Round Rock, TX
Military Installation: Fort Hood
Median Home Price: $180,600
The metro area of Austin is hot these days and it's not just the weather. Austin has the reputation as a hip and quirky place, due in part to the 50,000 students at the University of Texas, located in the heart of the city. Like other Texas metros in our top ten rankings, federal pensions aren't taxed, and Austin housing has managed to remain fairly affordable. As a larger metro area, Austin offers the retiree more arts and culture, trendy restaurants and mass transit. It has a reputation as one of the most progressive cities in the U.S., with 'green' initiatives and thoughtful urban design. One drawback for the military retiree is that access to benefits and amenities such as base exchanges, commissaries and a VA medical center are all 60 miles away.
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|Category||Metro Area Statistics|
|Median Home Price||$180,600|
|Federal Pension Taxed||No|
|Military Installation||Name: Fort Hood
Proximity: within 57 miles
Amenities: 2 large commissaries, 2 large exchanges, 187-bed hospital, 7 clinics
|VA Hospital Proximity||58 miles|
|Education||Number of 4-year colleges: 9
Prominent Institution: University of Texas
Ask JuneGot money questions and looking for answers you can trust? Just Ask June! June Lantz Walbert is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ practitioner with USAA Financial Planning Services. She is also a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve with 19 years of service. Walbert's basic branch is Air Defense Artillery. She also is Airborne, Air Assault, and Canadian Air borne qualified.
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