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A+ Tyler Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B Tyler Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% higher than Texas
928% less expensive than the US average
919% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Tyler cost of living
D- Tyler Crime Total crime is 20% higher than Texas
Total crime
3,33929% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3029% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
497%Year over year crime is up
Tyler crime
D+ Tyler Employment Household income is 19% lower than Texas
Median household income
$44,50720% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,98613% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
4%9% lower than the US average
Tyler employment
D+ Tyler Housing Home value is 2% lower than Texas
Median home value
$140,00024% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$83212% lower than the US average
Home ownership
52%19% lower than the US average
Tyler real estate or Tyler rentals
B+ Tyler Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Texas
High school grad. rates
80%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
63%28% higher than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:117% lower than the US average
Tyler K-12 schools or Tyler colleges

Living in Tyler, TX

Tyler, Texas is a moderately-sized city with a population of 101,946 people. The majority of Tyler residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. The median age of all Tyler residents is 33, which is well below the national average. This is a good indication that this city could be ideal for young singles.

Without the right tools, moving to any new town can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Tyler, Texas could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the effort to do the research required. Finding the best places to live in Tyler and nearby areas is a much easier task when you can rely on information and data from the livability score, which includes amenities, cost of living, education, employment, housing and other important metrics.

With a livability score of 80/100, Tyler is ranked #1,868 in the United States and #401 in Texas. This is a phenomenal score, as Tyler ranks well in multiple categories! Tyler has also earned the rare honor of ranking in the top 10 percentile among all cities. For each of the livability categories, we can establish that Tyler ranks very well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B), weather (B) and education (B+).

Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Tyler on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants and coffee shops. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Tyler: Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Rose Garden, and Tyler State Park.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Tyler. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Tyler are affordable. The median home price for Tyler homes is $140,000, which is 1.9% lower than the Texas average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Tyler, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.2, which is 23.1% higher than the Texas average. Real estate appreciation rates in Tyler are important to consider, as they can act as a guide to determine if your new home purchase will be a solid investment going forward. During the last twelve months, the appreciation rate for Tyler homes comes in at 7.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates were 4.5%.

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Beware of the City of Trolls

Growing up in Texas, I thought this as my first boss in an oil rig firm located in Dallas, Texas hailed from Tyler. He was the nicest man and convinced me to take my family there to visit the Rose Festival. Thus, one might think that Tyler, Texas, situated in the Bible Belt of Texas would be a family friendly place to visit and one where the American Dream could be realized for small businesses. Today, nothing could be further from the truth. In a recent May 25th article that appeared on Bloomberg News entitled The Texas Town Trolls built, we learn that Tyler is one of two East Texas towns that host the shell companies of a group of Un-American patent trolling lawyers who are destroying small businesses across the nation by what appears to be a sophisticated legal extortion scam. So before moving to Texas, one must now consider the toxic legal environment where corruption appears to be rampant. But don't take my world for this. Visit the city and watch the recent documentary entitled Patent Scam. The movie left such a bad taste in my mouth that I will never take my family back to spend money in their Rose Festival. Such a shame.
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Retiring in Tyler, TX

I retired from Austin, Texas to Tyler after living in Austin for 27 years. I was looking to get away from Austin's heavy traffic, expensive property taxes, overcrowding, and the City's micromanagement of its citizens. I'd put an offer on a house in Arkansas, and it fell through at the last minute, so I scrambled to find another house/city that I felt I could live in, and I picked Tyler. I moved there in February, 2015. (My Austin house had already sold.) Unfortunately, this was a very costly mistake.

Tyler traffic is horrendous, almost as bad as Austin's; however, in Austin, I had time to learn where the back streets were to get around the heavy traffic. If you Google "Loop 323 Tyler, TX fatalities" you'll see how dangerous it can be. The main street called Broadway is pretty bad as well.

After living only a week in Tyler in the house I purchased, I decided it wasn't for me. I never actually unpacked. Instead, I moved to a smaller town about an hour away, and I put my Tyler house on the market. All of this moving was very expensive.

In the spring of 2015, the Tyler newspaper said the housing market was strong, but I honestly believe this was all hype because not only did my house (with a new roof) not sell, but the houses I would drive by that were on the market months before mine in different neighborhoods didn't sell either. I read recently that the average time it takes a Tyler house to sell is 9 months.

I paid for an appraisal of my house so my asking price was on the mark.

The real estate agents who showed my house also damaged it. Someone broke the ladder to the attic. They left the A/C on at 65 for the month of July and the bill was as bad as the Tyler traffic. Someone used the toilet and didn't flush.--It was awful. Someone left the house key under the front mat.

I decided reluctantly to rent the house and to repair the garage, which has a small room upstairs with a bathroom and a closet. The garage was built at the same time the house was built (1930's). I'd hoped I could rent the room above the garage to a student. However, when I called the City about pulling permits for the renovation, I was told I would be in violation of the property's current zoning if I rented it. It seems to me the garage and its room should be grandfathered in since it existed before the current City zoning was in place, and I'm not giving the garage a different address.

I'm still working with the City of Tyler on this issue, but it may be that I won't be able to rent it, even though I only want to bring what currently exists (plumbing, electricity, roof, staircase, etc.) in the garage up to current code and to recoup some of my money.

Tyler has great gardening soil and the people are relatively friendly. The Tyler Library is absolutely awesome.--I love those folks. However, if I had it to do over again, I wouldn't. Retiring in Tyler was not a good choice.

P.S. Tyler has a very loud tornado siren!
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Rose Capital of the World

The city of Tyler, Texas, or the Rose Capital, is a beautifully landscaped city with an approximate population of 100,000. After residing here for 15 years, I've found it to be the perfect size and location for those who desire the luxuries of big city fun yet prefer the peaceful comforts of small town living.

Tyler conveniently lies between two large metropolitan cities, Shreveport and Dallas. With each city located only 80 miles from Tyler, the big city is easily accessible to adventure seekers. If one is less inclined to travel, Tyler has plenty to offer.

The Tyler Rose Garden showcases the beauty of the city's namesake. Antique shops abound throughout the city. The Caldwell Zoo provides a fun afternoon of animal watching for the little ones. Catch an afternoon matinee at one of our four movie theaters. For a more interactive experience, an IMAX theater is located inside the Carmike Cinema and a newly constructed Movie & Grill allows you to enjoy a movie while dining at the same time. Pinot's Palette is the perfect excursion for a girl's night out, combining painting with wine drinking. The men can gather for a fishing trip to either Lake Tyler or Lake Palestine.

There's very little to not like about Tyler. If you can withstand the intensely hot summers where temperatures can rise upwards to 110 degrees, then you can adapt well to our climate. Crime is relatively low due to the tough laws of Smith County, where Tyler is known to "throw the books" at its lawbreakers. For this reason, Tyler is an ideal place to raise a family.
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Tyler, TX - The City of Roses

My wife is a florist, and each October we travel to Tyler, Texas, "The Rose Capital of America" for the Texas Rose Festival. Tyler earned its title because the region produces 20% of the nation's commercial roses. We also enjoy the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail, which you can drive or walk through. We stay at a hotel near the city's historic downtown square, which often hosts summer music festivals. Tyler has a well-earned reputation as a golfer's paradise, and I always take the opportunity to hit the links or watch the regional junior golf tournament.

Tyler is the East Texas hub of retail, agriculture and health care located 90 miles equidistant from Dallas and Shreveport. The area's top employer is the East Texas Medical Center, and many residents also work in the fields of manufacturing and education.

Tyler's low cost of living, stable business climate and higher education institutions make it a great option for families looking to relocate. The median asking price for homes in 2008 was just over $130,000. This is below the Texas average, making Tyler an affordable place to live. The city has a youth recreation program that includes baseball and soccer leagues, and college options include Tyler Junior College, a two-year institution with a reputation for excellence in athletics, and the University of Texas at Tyler.
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