Georgetown, Texas

Best Places to Retire in Texas


Georgetown (population 37,000) is in south central Texas, 29 miles north of downtown Austin, the capital. This charming and historic community on the edge of the Texas Hill Country is one of the fastest growing communities in the U.S.

Williamson County was established by the state legislature in 1848 and soon after Georgetown was selected as the county seat. Over the years it has become one of the most carefully preserved downtown areas in the country, with many Victorian store fronts, brick sidewalks and giant old oaks and pecan trees. More than 180 Georgetown homes are on the National Historic Register. The famous Chisholm Trail once ran through downtown Georgetown, making it the scene of cattle drives heading for market. Much of the region’s rich heritage has been preserved through museums, historic landmarks, and beautiful parks.

Georgetown’s population is highly educated and there is an abundance of artistic and creative talent. There is live theater, symphony concerts, numerous galleries with paintings and sculpture, and an active cultural events calendar. Outdoor activities include hiking, cycling and birding along North San Gabriel River, swimming and boating on Lake Georgetown, a round of golf, or just enjoying a beautiful Hill Country sunset. There is plenty of downtown shopping with dozens of antique shops, arts and crafts stores, and boutiques. There are also several other shopping centers not far away. Dining in Georgetown includes your choice of German, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, Southwestern, and more. Many of the establishments are charming and you’ll discover everything from fine dining to fast foods.

In addition to the considerable amenities and benefits offered by historic Georgetown, it is only a short drive to Austin, a major resource center. Austin, a city of 675,000 people, is home to the University of Texas with 50,000 students.

Arts & Culture

The Temple Symphony Orchestra, based in Temple, produces six concerts annually at the Performing Arts Center at Georgetown High School. The orchestra is composed of 65 to 70 professional musicians who live in Bell County, and is sponsored by Temple College and the city of Temple.

The Red Poppies Festival memorializes a local World War I soldier, Henry Compton, who brought Flanders Poppy seed back from France for his mother. Mrs. Compton planted the seeds and they flourished, and nature gradually spread them throughout the community. These poppies became famous in the poem by Canadian Army physician John McCrea, “In Flanders Fields.” [“In Flanders fields where poppies blow between the crosses row on rowÖ”, forever linking the Flanders poppy to the battlefields of the First World War. Georgetown has become the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, as certified by the state legislature.

Williamson County Art Guild promotes interest in creative expression through education. It exhibits local original works of art, offers education programs, and hosts a number of art shows each year.

Historic Georgetown Palace Theatre was brought back to life with a complete restoration and updating in 2000. The old theatre (c. 1925) was fitted with new seats, sound and lighting systems, theatre faÁade and marquee, and expansion of the balcony. It presents live music and theatre productions.

Southwestern University’s Department of Music has a very active performing arts program that includes its Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, S.U. Singers, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble and Opera Theatre.

Alma Thomas Fine Arts Center at Southwestern University, has two theaters, a recital hall and an art gallery. It is used for many community-wide events, including theatre, opera, recitals, concerts, and art exhibits.

Georgetown Public Library –
Williamson County Historical Museum –
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center –
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Bob Bullock Texas State Historical Museum –
Lyndon B. Johnson Library & Museum –
Fort Hood, 4th Infantry Division Museum –


The Parks & Recreation Division plans and operates a comprehensive program of leisure and educational activities and maintains over 380-acres of park land, 23 parks, five swimming pools, a recreation center, a community center and a tennis center. It also maintains 3.5 miles of hiking and bike trails. There is a full range of programs for youth, adults, and seniors, including instruction, lessons, leagues and tournaments. The department won a Gold Medal Award for excellence given by the National Recreation and Park Association and the Sports Foundation.

The Georgetown Tennis Center was acquired from Berry Creek Country Club. It includes 11 lighted hard courts and a clubhouse with dressing rooms, showers and pro shop.

There are three public/semi-private golf courses and two private club courses in Georgetown: Berry Creek Country Club (private) –
Georgetown Country Club (private) –
Kurth-Landrum (public – 9 holes) –
Legacy Hills Golf Club (semi-private) –
White Wing Golf Club (semi-private) – 

Inner Space Cavern, located a half-mile south of Georgetown, is a living cave with formations that are continuing to develop and take shape.

University of Texas in nearby Austin is an NCAA Division One school with major college athletic programs.


Southwestern University’s 700-acre campus in Georgetown has been referred to as “one of Texas’ most beautiful” college facilities. Chartered in 1840, this historic college is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. It offers bachelor degrees in Arts, Science, Music, and Fine Arts. Enrollment is about 1,300 students.

University of Texas, with a student enrollment of 50,000, including 39,000 undergraduates and 11,000 graduates, is located in nearby Austin.

Senior Programs

The Senior program at the Parks and Recreation Department is also known as KYSS (Keeping Young Doing Senior Stuff). The main activity offered in the program is a day trip once a month to a variety of locations. Monthly meetings are at the Georgetown Tennis Center.

Other adult programs include aerobics, ballroom dancing, fitness, country dancing, martial arts, Tai Chi, weight training, yoga, and more.

Senior University offers programs that provide lifelong learning for persons aged 50 and over in the Georgetown area.


Georgetown Healthcare System is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department. It is licensed for 117 beds and has 655 full and part-time employees.


Georgetown Municipal Airport is a general aviation airport.

Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin is just 32 miles from Georgetown. It is served by most major airlines with non-stop flights to more than 30 locations.


The average high temperature for January is 59 degrees and the low is 39 degrees. The averages for July are 95 degrees and 74 degrees.


Williamson County Sun – (512) 930-3072

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Austin – 29 miles
Temple – 40 miles
Waco – 74 miles
Fredericksburg – 103 miles
San Antonio – 106 miles
Dallas – 168 miles
Houston – 192 miles

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