How Does Your State Rank for Retirement?

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Published May 09, 2014

| Bankrate.com

Bankrate ranked all 50 states according to their cost of living, crime rate (violence and property crimes), health care quality, state and local tax burden, personal well-being and weather. The overall ranks of 1 to 50 go from best to worst. Below is the data we selected to come up with our state rankings for retirement.

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State Overall score Score: Well - being* Score: Cost of living** Score: Health care quality*** Tax burden (% of state income) Violent crime (per 100k people) Property crime (per 100k people) Possible sunshine (average annual %) Average humidity (%)
Alabama 45 64.1 93.4 39.4 8.3 449.9 3502.2 57.7 75.3
Alaska 48 67.6 135.3 38.1 7 603.2 2739.4 37.7 73.3
Arizona 16 67.2 101.3 45.9 8.9 428.9 3539.2 84.5 39
Arkansas 47 64.3 91.5 36.5 10.3 469.1 3660.1 65 73.5
California 28 67.6 122.9 43.8 11.4 423.1 2758.7 71.9 61.4
Colorado 2 68.9 98.8 55.2 9 308.9 2684.7 72 53.1
Connecticut 40 65.9 132 54.8 11.9 283 2140 56 65
Delaware 33 66.5 106.9 54.3 10.1 547.4 3340.9 56.5**** 66.5
Florida 39 66.2 99 40.1 9.2 487.1 3276.7 66.8 71.8
Georgia 21 66.6 94.2 40.1 8.8 378.9 3410.6 62.7 69.3
Hawaii 46 68.4 158.1 49.7 9.6 239.2 3075.2 59.3 68.8
Idaho 8 66.3 90.6 46.4 9.5 207.9 1983.5 64 58.2
Illinois 26 66.9 95.9 44.6 10.2 414.8 2578.7 56.8 71.4
Indiana 35 64.9 91.6 41.4 9.5 345.7 3029.2 57.7 72.4
Iowa 9 68.2 92.4 60.7 9.3 263.9 2271.8 60 74.6
Kansas 15 66.9 91.7 51.7 9.4 354.6 3143.2 65.8 69.4
Kentucky 41 63 90.9 34.6 9.5 222.6 2552.9 54.7 71.4
Louisiana 44 64.9 95.8 35.2 7.6 496.9 3540.6 64.3 77.8
Maine 12 67.7 109.1 64.7 10.2 122.7 2509.9 57 69.5
Maryland 42 67.2 116.5 42.2 10.6 476.8 2753.5 57 65
Massachusetts 20 68 121.4 63.7 10.3 405.5 2153 55 63.2
Michigan 30 65.4 95.7 51.8 9.6 454.5 2530.5 49.2 72.3
Minnesota 11 69.7 101.8 67.1 10.7 230.9 2568.3 55 74.3
Mississippi 36 63.7 89.3 32.5 8.4 260.8 2811 62.5 77.8
Missouri 27 64.5 93.6 45.1 9 450.9 3314.4 58.3 73.6
Montana 7 69.3 98.8 48 8.6 272.2 2583.7 58.8 61.5
Nebraska 6 69.7 90.2 54.6 9.4 259.4 2754.9 63.3 69.3
Nevada 18 66.6 95.9 35.4 8.1 607.6 2809.4 76.3 46.4
New Hampshire 13 68.2 119.4 66.7 8 187.9 2324 43.5 74.8
New Jersey 37 66.9 128.2 52.3 12.3 290.2 2047.3 56 65.3
New Mexico 24 65.7 95.5 33 8.6 559.1 3600.7 75 48.8
New York 50 65.5 129.1 46.1 12.6 406.8 1922 50.8 67.6
North Carolina 25 65.8 97.3 47.1 9.8 353.4 3369.5 60.3 69.7
North Dakota 4 70..4 100.8 56.8 8.8 244.7 2010.1 58.7 72.8
Ohio 38 64.2 93.2 44.5 9.7 299.7 3117.4 51 70.9
Oklahoma 43 64.7 90.5 34.6 8.5 469.3 3401 61 70.8
Oregon 34 66.7 108.3 46 10.1 247.6 3224.2 48 70.9
Pennsylvania 23 65.5 101.6 47.8 10.3 348.7 2166.3 53.3 66.1
Rhode Island 29 65.2 125.3 55.6 10.5 252.4 2572.3 58 66
South Carolina 32 65.3 97.3 45.1 83 558.8 3822.2 62.3 68.2
South Dakota 1 70 99.2 54.2 7.1 321.8 2060.1 63 71.5
Tennessee 31 64.3 90.8 46.3 7.6 643.6 3371.4 58.3 71.2
Texas 19 66.9 93 38.4 7.5 408.6 3361.8 62.2 69.5
Utah 3 68.2 92.6 57.1 9.4 205.8 2991.8 68 55..5
Vermont 14 69.1 119.5 60.4 10.5 142.6 2398.7 49 67.5
Virginia 10 66.8 96.4 51.4 9.2 190.1 2162.1 60.7 66.9
Washington 22 68.3 102.4 48.9 9.4 295.6 3658.6 44.3 72.1
West Virginia 49 61.4 97 32.8 9.7 316.3 2364.9 40 70.8
Wisconsin 17 67.7 97 64.1 11 280.5 2453.8 54 74.3
Wyoming 5 65.6 97.2 43.4 6.9 201.4 2293.8 65.7 56.6

*Scores taken from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The higher the score, the better the general satisfaction of residents with their surroundings.

**Scores from the Council for Community and Economic Research. The higher the score, the more expensive the state.

***Health care scores came from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The higher the score, the better the health care quality.

****Delaware's sunshine was approximated by combining the average of Maryland and New Jersey.

Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Healthways; the Council for Community and Economic Research; the FBI; the Tax Foundation; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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