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The best and worst states to retire


In retirement, just like in real estate, it's "location ... that ranked the highest were no surprise — Florida snagged the top spot. Others, like South Dakota and Iowa, were less expected. Among the least desirable were high-tax states like New Jersey ...


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In retirement, just like in real estate, it's "location, location, location." With more and more retirees responsible for their own financial security, choosing the right retirement destination can make or breakany lazy-day fantasies. To that end, WalletHub compared the retirement-friendliness of all 50 states using criteria such as cost of living, crime rate, tax-friendliness on pensions and Social Security income, number of health-care facilities, access to public transportation as well as the weather and proximity to golf courses and museumsThis is retirement after all. Some of the states that ranked the highest were no surprise — Florida snagged the top spotOthers, like South Dakota and Iowa, were less expectedAmong the least desirable were high-tax states like New Jersey and Rhode Island. Source: WalletHub Here are the 10 best and worst places to retire, according to WalletHub(And if you are thinking more outside the box, here are the world's top 5 retirement destinations.) Best States to Retire Overall Rank (1=Best) State Total Score Affordability' Rank Quality of Life' Rank Health Care' Rank 1 Florida 66.79 1 5 20 2 Colorado 66.17 23 8 2 3 South Dakota 65.89 2 32 6 4 Iowa 62.46 26 11 9 5 Virginia 62.02 18 9 21 6 Wyoming 61.66 4 30 29 7 New Hampshire 61.51 29 14 4 8 Idaho 61.39 11 20 25 9 Utah 61.14 22 24 12 10 Arizona 60.67 21 21 17 Source: WalletHub Worst States to Retire Overall Rank (50=Worst) State Total Score Affordability' Rank Quality of Life' Rank Health Care' Rank 41 Alabama 50.55 3 48 48 42 Hawaii 50.31 49 36 3 43 New Mexico 49.76 39 42 35 44 Louisiana 49.15 17 41 46 45 West Virginia 48.29 16 43 49 46 Arkansas 46.89 20 50 45 47 Mississippi 46.28 10 49 50 48 Rhode Island 45.14 48 46 22 49 New Jersey 44.94 50 28 33 50 Kentucky 43.06 38 47 47 Source: WalletHub More from Your Money, Your Future:5 countries where you can live the dream in retirement 10 moves to boost your wealth in 2018 Single ladies: Here's how to take charge of your money var mps=mps||{}; (mps && mps.getComponent && document.write(mps.getComponent('taboola-article-you-may-like'))); Jessica DicklerPersonal Finance Writer var mps=mps||{}; (mps && mps.getComponent && document.write(mps.getComponent('article-insert-footer'))); var mps=mps||{}; (mps && mps.getComponent && document.write(mps.getComponent('ad.com-content-one'))); var mps=mps||{}; (mps && mps.getComponent && document.write(mps.getComponent('sbc-rightrail'))); var mps=mps||{}; mps._queue=mps._queue||{}; mps._queue.gptloaded=mps._queue.gptloaded||[]; mps._queue.gptloaded.push(function() { (mps && mps.insertAd && mps.insertAd('#dart_wrapper_topflex', 'topflex')); }); var mps=mps||{}; (mps && mps.getComponent && document.write(mps.getComponent('ad.com-rightrail-top'))); var mps=mps||{}; (mps && mps.getComponent && document.write(mps.getComponent('article-insert-sidebar'))); var mps=mps||{}; (mps && mps.getComponent && document.write(mps.getComponent('ad.com-rightrail-bottom')));

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