Tyler, Texas

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Tyler is a city in and the county seat of Smith County, Texas, in the United States.[3] The city is named for President John Tyler in recognition of his support for Texas's admission to the United States. The 2000 census recorded the city's population to be 83,650, while in 2008 it was estimated to have reached 108,772.[4] Tyler is the principal city of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area, with an estimated population of 204,665 as of 2009, and the regional center of the Tyler-Jacksonville combined statistical area, with an estimated population of 253,138 as of 2009.

Tyler has been nicknamed the "Rose Capital of the world" because of its large role in the rose-growing industry; about 20% of commercial rose bushes produced in the U.S. are grown in Tyler and Smith County and more than half of the rose bushes are packaged and shipped from the area.[citation needed] It has the nation's largest municipal rose garden and hosts the Texas Rose Festival each October, which draws more than 100,000 spectators.[5]

In 1985, the international Adopt-a-Highway movement originated in Tyler when, after appeals by local Texas Department of Transportation officials, the local Civitan chapter adopted a 2-mile (3-km) stretch of U.S. Highway 69. Tyler is also home to the Caldwell Zoo.

Increasingly, Tyler is becoming recognized as an ideal city for retirees. A GreatPlacesToRetire.com[6] survey of retirement cities lists Tyler as one of America's top retirement cities.[7]

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