On March 3, 2010 Todd Staples, Commissioner of The Texas Department of Agriculture sent a congratulatory letter regarding the City of Paducah’s approved application to become a GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community.
The GO TEXAN Certified Retirement Community Program is a certification and promotion program provided by the Texas Department of Agriculture. To be approved as a certified retirement community, a rigorous application process was completed including a retiree desirability assessment. The application included demographics, tax structure, local housing availability, safety, employment opportunities, and availability of health care services, public transportation and more. The application process required Paducah leaders submit a marketing plan and long-term plan for maintaining and improving desirability for retirees. The application was reviewed and scored by an independent advisory committee comprised of volunteers throughout the state experienced in various aspects of community and economic development.

The GO TEXAN stamp of approval ensures each certified community has demonstrated through its application that it can meet the living, employment, volunteer, health, entertainment, education and safety needs of its citizens and visitors - all the things that make Texas a great place to retire.
Why retire in Paducah......it is the seat of Cottle County, located where US Highway 70 and US Highway 83 intersect—connecting the borders of the United States. For this reason, Paducah is often referred to as the Crossroads of America. Paducah is two hours or less from the cities of Amarillo, Lubbock, Plainview, Abilene and Wichita Falls. Even Oklahoma is only a short scenic drive away. Drive in any direction and you can find most anything you desire including universities boasting all sorts of educational and sporting events, cultural activities, and museums. There are three military bases, shopping and dinning, airports and several state of the art medical facilities. Getting to any of these amenities is as quick if not even quicker than in a big city and the drive consists of beautiful scenery, wide open skies, fresh air, occasional wildlife and open roads with little traffic; a welcome change from smog, congested traffic, and concrete surrounding everything.
We continue to honor the pioneering spirit that allowed the rolling plains to survive and thrive including the rugged individuals who settled this land and worked hard to succeed through their own sweat and determination. Paducah is located in rugged ranch county of the Texas Panhandle where cowboys are still respected and admired. This terrain provides Paducah some of the best hunting in the State of Texas, including turkey, dove, quail, wild hogs and deer.
Paducah is known for its big heart and caring neighbors always willing to lend a helping hand. Paducah citizens are friendly and community focused. There are still charming brick streets throughout some of the residential sections of town. The American way of life is experienced everyday in this unique rural community located in the middle of nowhere, but in the heart of everything.
Those who select Paducah as their retirement destination find low taxes and a low crime rate. Amenities of the community include a library, a senior citizens center, and museums. A small medical clinic and public transportation is available. In an emergency, an EMT is usually on site in less than 5 minutes to begin aid with the ambulance quickly following. Besides the local museums, every town and city surrounding Paducah has their own unique museums, festivals and events. Nearby are many opportunities for varied activities including star gazing at the 3 Rivers Campus with monthly star gazing parties; hiking, fishing or hunting at the Matador Wildlife Area, Caprock Canyon State Park, Copper Breaks State Park, or one of the many other surrounding lakes and recreational areas; even taking a tour on one of the many large ranches such as the Matador, Tongue River or 6666 Ranches to experience everyday ranch life activities. The country club has a golf course, swimming pool and tennis courts; the Old Settlers Reunion and Rodeo, as well as the 4-H's many activities make use of the community's rodeo arena. Kids and adults alike enjoy the city swimming pool and several city parks with playgrounds designed for fun activities and relaxation. All this and great home cooked food at local restaurants are available while living in the tranquil small community atmosphere.
In Paducah we have it all. The convenience of finding whatever we want within a pleasant drive where honking horns are for waving at your friends and neighbors or the wildlife close to the roadway. No stop and go traffic filled with drivers in a hurry to get to their destination. Citizens are rewarded with the most spectacular sunrises and sunsets anywhere. We are folks that meet the challenge head on and work toward the success of the community. We want you to come be a part of the Paducah way of life.

Copyright 2007, Paducah Chamber of Commerce

Paducah Is Recognized as a Texas Certified Retirement Community