Retire in Lubbock

Best Retirement City - Lubbock

See why many believe that Lubbock is the best city to retire

Lubbock features many of the benefits of other Texas cities right now: very low unemployment rates, and GDP growth nearly double the national average. However, the benefits of this Panhandle city extend from there. Lubbock is the home of Texas Tech University, granting retirees access to all of its benefits including classes at its Lifelong Learning Institute. Despite its recent growth, traffic is virtually nonexistent as the average commute is 8 minutes. Lubbock features great hiking at Guadalupe national park a few hours away, or at Palo Duro Canyon, the second largest canyon in the US. It also features Rawls Golf Course, recently ranked the number one course in Texas. If affordability is what you’re looking for, Lubbock features low cost of living, low housing prices, and easy access to jobs. If you’re looking for a larger home for kids/grandkids in Lubbock, Bobaleet Heights, LakeRidge and Highland Oaks may be what you’re looking for. Shadow Hills is a more affordable option that’s quiet and on a golf course. Click on the tabs to learn more about what it's like to retire in Lubbock.

City Highlights

  1. Low cost of living
  2. Strong economic growth
  3. Tax friendly
  4. Lifelong Learning classes

Potential Drawbacks

  1. No access to beach/skiing
  2. Hot summers
  3. High crime rates

At a glance



Median age:


Median Household Income:

$ 44,139

Nearest City with Population of 200k+:

Fort Worth, TX

Population Growth Last 3 Years




Age Breakdown (%)

  • 55 and under
  • 55 to 64 years
  • 65 to 74 years
  • Over 75

Gender breakdown over 65 years (%)

  • Men
  • Women


Closest Airport:

Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport

Distance to Closest Airport:


Closest Major Airport:

Albuquerque International Sunport

Distance to Closest Major Airport:


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