The East Texas Council Of Government (ETCOG) has qualified Tyler as the first Certified Retirement City in Texas.

Tyler meets high standards for retiree living, such as low crime rate, affordable housing, quality health care, abundant recreation, educational opportunities. Tyler is16th in the nation for cost of living in Retirement Places Rated: Special Millennium Edition.

Tyler offers many financial advantages as well. Sales tax is on non-essential items only, no state income tax, and property taxes are lower than the national average. In fact, Tyler consistently ranks below the national average in cost of living according to the American Chamber of Commerce Researcher’s Association.