Many cities are great for military veterans to retire to after their time in the military, but San Antonio, aka “Military City USA,” is one of the best. Transitioning back to civilian life can be difficult, so you want to ensure the city you choose offers a strong quality of life and access to good healthcare and employment, among other things.
San Antonio has a population of 1,439,358, and around 9% (158,336) are veterans. Due to the high population of veterans, it’s important to have VA health and VA benefit facilities, of which San Antonio has 14 and 5, respectively. The unemployment rate is low at 4.5%, and the crime rate is safer than 6% of U.S. cities.
Let’s look at a few more factors that put San Antonio at the top of the list!
Per BestPlaces.net, the cost of living in San Antonio is 89.8, less than the entire state of Texas (94.2) and the national average. The median home price at the time of this writing per the San Antonio Board of Realtors is approximately $338,000 while the average home price is just shy of $400,000.
San Antonio has a $0 annual retirement tax and a 0% effective retirement rate, making it an obvious choice for a top spot! Per GoBankingRates.com, San Antonio ranked 24th on a list of the most tax-friendly cities for retirees. The study looked at population size, estimated total taxes paid annually in retirement, effective retirement tax rate, amount paid in property taxes annually, estimated property tax rate, and sales tax.
For Veterans with a 100% VA disability rating, there are no property taxes, which is considerable as the average property tax rate around San Antonio ranges from 2.1-2.7%.
Many retirees choose to live in San Antonio due to their healthcare. With dozens of facilities available, San Antonio is home to the largest military hospital in the United States, Brooke Army Medical Center. The center is located on Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston and includes the largest Department of Defense’s Level 1 Trauma Center.
San Antonio is also a lively city with various things to do and places to see. The San Antonio River Walk, the #1 attraction in Texas, offers many restaurants to enjoy and sights to see! Nature lovers can spend the day at Denman Estate Park , cycling along one of the many Greenway Trails to include Salado Creek and Leon Valley, or hiking at Eisenhower Park or Friedrich Wilderness Park. You can also bring the kids and the dogs to Pearsall Park, which features a Family Fun Zone, disc-golf course, and a dog park, or head downtown to Hemisfair Park for the playground and splash park.
Military discounts are available at many attractions in the area, such as SeaWorld San Antonio, Six Flags Fiesta Texas, San Antonio Botanical Garden, Tower of the Americas, Hard Rock San Antonio, and McNay Art Museum!