If you love the shopping, dining, entertainment, and culture in Dallas, but aren’t so sure you want to spend your golden years in a big city, these suburbs are the perfect fit. We looked at a whole bunch of data to figure out the best Dallas suburbs to retire. In our top 10, you’ll find close-knit communities, plenty of senior amenities, and beautiful, affordable homes, just minutes away from the city you love. Let’s take a look at the winners.

1. Richardson

Richardson, TX
Source: Cottonwood Arts Festival via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total senior amenities: 471
  • Residents age 65 and up: 12.5 percent
  • Number of doctors: 322
Richardson kicks off our list of the best Dallas suburbs to retire in with plenty of housing options for retirees. Modern condos, ranch style houses, and cozy bungalows are common. Enjoy local talent and meet new neighbors at annual events like the Cottonwood Art Festival, or the Wildflower! music festival. Golf enthusiasts can hit the links at the Sherrill Park Golf Course or the Canyon Creek Country Club.

2. Rockwall

Rockwall, TX
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Key Stats:

  • Total senior amenities: 187
  • Number of doctors: 131
The lakeside suburb of Rockwall earns the second spot on our list with modern townhomes, as well as cottage, ranch, Tudor, and craftsman style homes on large lots. Golf enthusiasts will love hitting the links at the Rockwall Golf & Athletic Club. Residents can also check out a new book at the Rockwall County Library, or enjoy boating and fishing on Lake Ray Hubbard.

3. Duncanville

Duncanville, TX
Source: Duncanville Parks and Recreation via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Median home price: $112,800
  • Residents age 65 and up: 12 percent
Retirees searching for the perfect home in Duncanville will find plenty of affordable options, including ranch, Colonial, and craftsman style homes on large lots. Avid readers can check out a new book at the Duncanville Public Library. Nature lovers will flock to Marcus Harrington Park or Lakeside Park for a peaceful stroll or picnic.

4. Irving

Irving, TX
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Key Stats:

  • Median home price: $138,200
  • Total senior amenities: 809
The small city of Irving earns the fifth spot on our list of the best Dallas suburbs to retire with plenty of amenities for retirees to enjoy. Home buyers will find modern condos, ranch style homes, and cozy bungalows. Active retirees will love strolling, picnicking, and barbecuing at Trinity View Park, while avid readers check out new books at the West Irving Library. Golf enthusiasts have numerous local country clubs and courses to try.

5. Plano

Plano, TX
Source: City of Plano, Texas Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total senior amenities: 1,075
  • Number of doctors: 944
The thriving city of Plano comes in fifth on our list with over 1,000 senior amenities and plenty of modern townhomes, ranch style homes, and craftsman houses for potential buyers. Golf enthusiasts can hit the links at Pecan Hollow Golf Course or The Courses at Watters Creek. Avid readers have their pick of numerous local library branches. Nature lovers also have plenty of space to explore at Oak Point Park and Nature Preserve and Bob Woodruff Park.

6. Carrollton

Carrollton, TX
Source: Historic Downtown Carrollton via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total senior amenities: 391
  • Number of doctors: 183
The small city of Carrollton has plenty of options for potential home buyers. Chic modern condos, cozy bungalows, and classic craftsman style homes are common in this Dallas suburb. Avid readers can check out a new book at the Carrollton Public Library, while history buffs explore life during the turn of the 20th century at the A.W. Perry Museum. Golf enthusiasts can hit the links at the Indian Creek Golf Club or The Honors Golf Club.

7. Colleyville (tie)

Colleyville, TX
Source: City of Colleyville Government via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total crimes per 100k: 753
  • Number of doctors: 55
Colleyville is the first suburb tied for seventh on our list, and with just 753 total crimes per 100k, it’s also one of the safest. Home buyers will find spacious ranch and farmhouse style homes. Avid readers can check out a new book at the Colleyville Public Library, while nature lovers enjoy strolling through the Colleyville Nature Center, or picnics by the pond at Colleyville City Park.

7. Mesquite (tie)

Mesquite, TX
Source: Mesquite Texas City Hall via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Cost of living: 97, compared to the Dallas average of 98
  • Median home price: $111,300
Mesquite is the second suburb tied for seventh with a low cost of living and plenty of affordable homes for retirees. Ranch, bungalow, and cottage style homes are common. Community events, like Movies in the Park or the annual Rodeo Parade, are a great way to meet new neighbors. Nature lovers will flock to the Samuell Farm for fishing, picnics, and strolls. Residents also enjoy convenient shopping from brand name retailers at the Town East Mall.

9. Grapevine (tie)

Grapevine, TX
Source: Flickr user apbutterfield

Key Stats:

  • Total senior amenities: 298
  • Number of doctors: 206
The lakeside suburb of Grapevine is tied for ninth on our list with plenty of housing options for retirees. Ranch, Colonial, and craftsman style homes are common picks. Active retirees will love fishing and picnicking along Grapevine Lake at the scenic Oak Grove Park and Marina, while golf enthusiasts hit the links at the Grapevine Golf Course. Avid readers can check out a new book at the Grapevine Public Library.

9. Lewisville (tie)

Lewisville, TX
Source: Lewisville Staff via Facebook

Key Stats:

  • Total senior amenities: 404
  • Number of doctors: 151
The lakeside suburb of Lewisville rounds out our list of the best Dallas suburbs to retire with plenty of amenities for retirees to enjoy. Home buyers will find ranch style homes and cozy craftsman houses. Active retirees will love fishing, boating, and picnics by the water at Lewisville Lake, while avid readers check out a new book at the Lewisville Public Library. Community events like Sounds of Lewisville are a great way to meet new neighbors and enjoy local talent.

Our Methodology

To create this list of the best Dallas suburbs to retire, we took a look at the following retirement friendly criteria:
  • Doctors per capita
  • Senior amenities per capita (volunteer opportunities, recreation centers, golf courses, restaurants, libraries, arts and entertainment, and retirement homes)
  • Cost of living (the lower the better)
  • Median home price (the lower the better)
  • Percent of residents 65 and up
  • Total crimes per 100k
From there, we ranked each suburb in the above categories. Then, because some things are a little more important to retirees than others, we weighted the percent of residents 65 and up and total crimes per 100k so they made up 20 percent of our total score, while the rest of the categories made up 15 percent. We averaged these weighted scores into one overall score, with the lowest 10 scores going toward our top 10 neighborhoods for retirement. We sourced data from local business listings, the U.S. Census, and AreaVibes. To see how other Dallas suburbs ranked, check out the table below: Best Dallas Suburbs to Retire Like This Post? You’ll Definitely Love These: