Here Are the Best (and Worst) States to Retire


Bankrate has delivered once again with its 2018 list of the best and worst states to retire, a selection that looks at a multitude of factors when deciding the best and worst options for retirement.

New York's taxes are also among the worst.

The Bankrate study sourced the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The Council for Community and Economic Research, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gallup-Sharecare, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tax Foundation, University of Hawaii at Manoa and Western States Arts Federation.

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Utah, Idaho, New Hampshire and Florida fill out the other top five spots.

Things counting against South Dakota were the state's cost of living score, overall crime rate and, not surprisingly, the weather.

'All this together shows what people should be looking for, and that doesn't necessarily mean move to some place warm, ' he said, noting that Arizona is a popular retirement destination despite ranking 29th.

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If you're thinking about retirement - or just dreaming about it - you might be wondering where you should land. 'You're still the same person at age 65 that you are at age 64.

New York, meanwhile, makes life hardest on those who recently escaped the daily grind, coming in dead last at 50.

South Dakota also placed second in taxes, 10th in cultural vitality and 12th in health care quality. Check out Bankrate's list of the best and worst states for #retirement. Arkansas was slightly worse than California.

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