38. The Woodlands, Texas

Aerial view of The Woodlands, Texas
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Aerial view of The Woodlands, Texas

This Houston suburb with a population of approximately 100,000 is a well-kept secret for retirees. The Woodlands offers excellent housing and a low cost of living.

The median rent is around $1,300, and the community has a median home value of about $366,000, according to Zillow.

This town has a very low crime rate, and the weather tends to be lovely and warm. The Woodlands' proximity to Houston means quality health care is just a short drive away.