Tyler is a city in and the county seat of Smith County, Texas, in the United States. It takes its name from President John Tyler [ ]. The city had a population of 96,900 in 2010, according to the United States Census Bureau. Tyler is the principal city of the Tyler Metropolitan Statistical Area, with a population of 209,714 in 2010, and the regional center of the Tyler-Jacksonville combined statistical area, with a population of 260,559 in 2010.Tyler has the nickname "Rose Capital of the Nation"[ ]. It gained this name due to the large quantity of rose bushes processed through the area, along with hosting America's largest rose garden [ ].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.Tyler is a city for retirees. A GreatPlacesToRetire.com survey of retirement cities lists Tyler as one of America's top retirement cities.