When dreaming of places to retire, many folks think of Florida or California where the sun almost always shines. But all of that sunshine comes with some pretty hefty price tags, and many folks have started to look for places just as great but less pricey.

When dreaming of places to retire, many folks think of Florida or California where the sun almost always shines. But all of that sunshine comes with some pretty hefty price tags, and many folks have started to look for places just as great but less pricey.


A story in the November issue of the AARP Magazine shows some of those people should be looking at Sherman and Denison.


The magazine lists the two cities as No. 9 in its list of 10 best places to retire on $30,000 a year. The magazine says median home prices in the Sherman and Denison area "are low at $79,400 and the median property tax comes in at $1,158 a year." The article lists the median home mortgage at $303 a month and advises readers that the barbecue is good. It also celebrates Denison as the birthplace of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.


The Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge makes the article as the area’s best freebie for boasting "an impressive 338 species of birds, 36 species of mammals, 60 species of reptiles and amphibians and 61 species of fish."


Texoma Council of Governments Executive Director Susan Thomas said the mention by AARP, "shows what a great community we have, particularly for senior citizens." TCOG hosts the Area Agency on Aging of Texoma which offers a number of services and resources for older community members.


Thomas noted the article also stressed the area’s public transportation and the fact that there is a symphony as positive factors for retirees. The article even gives a shout-out to the Battle of the Ax as the longest running high school rivalry in Texas.