Perhaps I'll check out the retirement scene
The 10 best places to retire
Austin is a big city in small town disguise. With a population of 790,400, the Texas capital is bigger than all of the "big cities" on the list. But it has managed to maintain the "Keep Austin Weird" credo that has made it a favorite among both retirees and young people.
The outdoors is the biggest attraction. The staggeringly beautiful, rough-hewn Hill Country, spring-fed swimming holes, a string of lakes along the Colorado River, and 10 months of warm temperatures (too warm in the summer) draw hikers and boaters and bikers outdoors. Lance Armstrong lives and trains here, and Lady Bird Johnson Lake (Town Lake to locals), which runs through the city's center, is a favorite training spot for rowers.
And of course there's the music. Willie Nelson and Alison Krauss music, to be consumed along with barbecued ribs and Lone Star long necks. Or, for the high-tech set, Norah Jones, to be consumed along with interactive startups, at the annual South by Southwest (SXWS) conference next month. There's also a lyric opera, a symphony, and a ballet company. But that's the icing. For the practical retiree, housing costs (median price: $235,000), good medical facilities, the many programs at the University of Texas, and no state income tax are the cake.