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.
*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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