City lands on places to retire list

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The City of Pearland has landed on a “best of” real estate ranking for the Houston area.

The city is ranked at No. 20 on the “Best Houston Suburbs to Retire,” a ranking published by real estate research firm Movoto.

The company ranked 22 suburbs based on a study of the cost of living, median home value, crime rate, senior amenities, population of citizens over the age of 65 and the number of doctors in each community. “Senior amenities per capita” include volunteer opportunities, recreation centers, golf courses, restaurants, libraries, arts and entertainment and retirement homes.

Pearland has a significantly larger population than most of its competitors, with only The Woodlands and Pasadena being larger. Its highest ranking by category was in crime rate, and lowest score was in median home price.

Pearland was followed by League City at No. 22. Also nearby, Sugar Land ranked No. 15, Manvel ranked at No. 13, Pasadena was No. 10 and Friendswood is No. 9.

Noted for its affordability, Alvin made the list at No. 4 and Webster – boasting the largest number of doctors per capita than any community in Houston along with the most “senior amenities” – was No. 2. Coming in at the No. 1 spot was Richmond, which Movoto described as “affordable and safe.”

Pearland’s past list rankings include No. 48 of the top 50 Safest Cities in 2013 in Washington, D.C.-based Congressional Quarterly – a list based on F.B.I. Crime stats of cities with populations of over 75,000. It also made a good showing on Movoto’s 2013 10 Most Affordable Suburbs in America list, placing at No. 4.

The city has been most ranked and noted for its growth, consistently holding the title of the fastest growing city in the Houston metro area, the second fastest growing in Texas and 15th fastest growing city in the U.S., according to U.S. Census records from 2000 to 2010.

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