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The Central Texas town of Georgetown was named the top retirement town in the latest edition of Retirement Places Rated. “Though Georgetown may not be the first place to come to mind for most people, its strong economy and affordable housing gave it an edge over the 199 other communities we researched,” said author David Savageau.

A half-million Americans move to other states each year to retire, while another half-million resettle within their states. Retirement experts expect those numbers to double as boomers claim Social Security and seek out their own Golden Ponds.

Mr. Savageau, who has published seven editions of his guidebook in the past 25 years, used seven criteria to determine the best retirement spots this time around: Climate, economy, community services, ambience, living costs, housing and personal safety.

“Georgetown offers the best of two worlds,” he said. “It’s a small community on the edge of the Austin metropolitan area. Retirees want both the neighborliness of a small town and the cultural, entertainment and health-care amenities of a big city.”

Six communities have been been named to Texas’ Certified Retirement Community list through the Department of Agriculture. They include the East Texas communities of Athens, Lufkin, Nacogdoches County and Winnsboro, along with the North Texas town of Duncanville and the small Central Texas community of Cuero.

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