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Rio Grande City listed in Top 8 Small Towns to Retire in Texas

Rio Grande City was recently designated by as one of the top 8 small towns in Texas to retire and we couldn't agree more. Rio Grande City is the ideal retirement destination with no state income tax, housing that is 26% lower than the national average, and an abundance of modern conveniences found in any major metropolitan area.


“I am pleased to share the exciting news that Rio Grande City has been recognized as one of the top eight small towns to retire in Texas,” said Mayor Joel Villarreal. “This recognition reaffirms our ongoing efforts to create a city that caters to our residents' and visitors' diverse needs and interests. Thank you to World Atlas for shining a spotlight on Rio Grande City. Let’s celebrate this recognition and look forward to a bright future filled with opportunities and joy for nuestro lindo Rio Grande retirees.”


Residents and visitors can find a variety of dining experiences and indulge in the abundance of local flavors. Shopping opportunities range from multiple shopping plazas, major franchise chains, a ten-screen movie theatre, and downtown high-end boutiques. Rio Grande City is the perfect place for couples looking for a nostalgic getaway with its Victorian ambiance, intimate dining, quiet courtyards, and live music at several distinct locations.

Retirees can flock to Rio Grande City’s Chachalaca Wildlife Refuge and Fordyce Nature Trails to see a variety of bird and butterfly species gather along the Rio Grande River. For those seeking more adventurous activities, you can take advantage of the meandering trails for hiking and biking. And at a hop, skip and a jump away, you can find the World Birding Center on scenic bluffs above the river in Roma, Texas. If fishing is your angle, you can try your luck with largemouth bass and channel catfish at one of the best freshwater fishing lakes in South Texas. Explore, fish and bird watch along the trails and lakeshore at Falcon State Park.


Rio Grande City’s historic sites and museums pay tribute to the unique Spanish, German, Irish, and French history of this region. The Kelsey Bass Museum offers a glimpse into the people who braved the treacherous waters of the Rio Grande to create this once bustling river port and the Robert E. Lee Museum tells of the proud military history of Fort Ringgold. As well as our Bessie III Trolley Tour that explores our historic downtown’s back streets, hidden places, and points of interest.


Seniors enjoy a welcoming community that frequently comes together to celebrate local traditions, such as El Grito en el Kiosko, Easter at the Park, and the Starr County Fair.


Rio Grande City is one of two designated Main Street Programs in the Rio Grande Valley. We take pride in this level of distinction and the recognition it brings to our proud community. Visit our Historic Downtown District anchors: the Lopez-Tijerina Courtyard, the Rio Grande City Public Library, La Borde House, and the Grotto of Lourdes.

Retirees will undoubtedly discover our vibrant history, genuine hospitality, and South Texas charm that is Rio Grande City.  


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