This is it. You are facing one of life’s challenges and you are about to retire from the military. You are going to make new decisions and you’re back in the beginning where you are going to choose paths. How about this? Find a retirement place in San Angelo, Texas – the home of Goodfellow Air Force Base?
Well, why not? San Angelo is full of attractions; many may be new to you. Trying new things is a part of this new life. For instance, being a home for cowboys, San Angelo has annual celebrations all about horses in the months of January to March. Just give San Angelo a chance, you might rest your case and conclude that you have certainly found the ideal retirement place.
San Angelo is a family-oriented city. Its list of attractions and schools shows how San Angelo residents value their relationships, their social life and even their religion, as obviously seen in existing Catholic schools and churches. To get you started with, I will be outlining some interesting figures.
The estimated population as of 2009 of San Angelo is 92,147. Ratio of males to females is 0.92:1, but males of ages 18-39 are more than girls of the same age range. There are also more couples who are married without children than married couples with children. Household income annually is $42,546. Median household income amounts to $42,546 and the unemployment rate as of 2010 is 6.8% which is slightly higher than ten years back at 6.6%. Your federal pension is not taxed in Texas.
Using the base 100 for the national index, San Angelo has a cost of living index of 92, slightly higher than that of the entire state of Texas which is 91. This means that compared to the national’s, consumer expenses in San Angelo is more affordable. However, the utilities index of San Angelo is 6% higher than the natural, so better watch out for this. This means that the city is spending more on utilities than the overall national average.
San Angelo though has a disappointing crime index of 3680 per 100K, which when compared to the State of Texas crime index of 3,424 per 100K, is 46% higher. Worse, it is 51% greater than the national crime index. Crimes committed are more on property crimes, such as theft. This is one of the downfalls when living in San Angelo, so be sure to put this into consideration.
As to housing, you may prefer to rent or buy your own house. In San Angelo, there are more people who bought their own houses than people who merely rented out houses or apartments. Median asking prices for houses is $117,425 and median rent asked is $699 per month.
For leisure, you’ll certainly enjoy watching in the Angelo Civic Theatre or the Chicken Far Art Center. You’ll be showcased the San Angelo style of arts.
Nightlife in San Angelo features diners, sports bars, saloons and clubs. If you want to have a night of fun, you can get a drive to one of the bars. Meet new people and have a few drinks with new friends.
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