38. 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.