KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A city in Central Texas has won the title of a top retirement destination in the country.
Photo Courtesy: Where to Retire Magazine
Where to Retire Magazine's January/February 2019 issue focuses on cities where taxes are low and residents can get the most bang for their buck.
Killeen made the cut along with seven other U.S. cities.
After looking at income, property, and other taxes, it made the list since Texas doesn't impose a state income tax.
It also came out on top because Killeen businesses often offer discounts to the military and their families.
After living in 18 different places, a military couple featured in the article says they wanted to retire close to their favorite military base where they could continue to contribute to the community.
"Being able to stay in the military community again- it's what both of us have known our entire lives,” says Ken Cox, who retired as a Deputy Commanding General for III Corps after 36 years in the military.
“It gave to us for the first 58, 59 years of our lives, so this is a chance to stay connected to our roots.”
“But Fort Hood is not just another post,” adds his wife Anna Marie.
“Fort Hood is very special because of the communities that surround
Fort Hood and the support. It's been incredible- we just love it!”
The couple actually resides in Harker Heights which has a slightly lower tax rate than Killeen.
However, they both continue to work on Fort Hood. Ken helps veterans find jobs through Workforce Solutions and Anna Marie is the manager of the Heart of Hood, a non-profit gift shop.
The couple originally planned to retire near the Dallas area, but are glad they didn’t.
“If you are considering coming someplace where the community absolutely rises up to take care of soldiers, any military member, whether they are active duty or retired veterans, it’s just the place to be,” says Ken.
“If somebody is living in some other military installation outside the state of Texas, I would strongly encourage them to come here because the people just absolutely love their military families.”
He also adds that for the price, they couldn't get their more than three-thousand square-foot house with views overlooking the city anywhere else.
Although Anna Marie prefers to stay home, the couple also enjoys the access they have to a variety of activities.
“There's just so many opportunities here, and it's not just right outside the gates of Fort Hood, but within a one-hour drive north, south, east, west,” adds Ken.
“There's just so many places to eat and visit, so that's another reason why staying here in Central Texas was just so wonderful.”
Other cities that made the list include Clearwater, Florida and Clemson, South Carolina.
You can get a copy of the full article at wheretoretire.com.