Report: The Best and Worst States for Retirement

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If you’re looking forward to retirement, no doubt you’re well aware that location — where you choose to retire — could have a lot to do with how much you’ll enjoy it.

Finance site BankRate.com’s list of best and worst places to retire shows the states that offer the most for retirees.

What Are the Best States for Retirees?

To come up with its 2021 rankings, BankRate used five categories. Here they are weighted by the significance the survey placed on each factor:

  • Affordability: 40%
  • Wellness: 20%
  • Culture: 15%
  • Weather: 15%
  • Crime: 10%

Let’s first look at the best places for retirees to live, then we’ll consider the worst according to BankRate’s rankings.

The 10 Best States for Retirees

StateOverall
Score
Affordability
Rank
Wellness
Rank
Culture
Rank
Weather
Rank
Crime
Rank
1. Georgia17.2533241429
2. Florida17.451424151427
3. Tennessee18.8514229845
4. Missouri20334341842
5. Massachusetts20.742112610
6. Wyoming21.95172810497
7. Arizona22.05162740141
8. Ohio22.851931321520
9. Indiana22.95741452022
10. Kentucky23.25144647211

Now let’s take a look at the 10 worst states to retire according to the rankings.

The 10 Worst States for Retirees

StateOverall
Score
Affordability
Rank
Wellness
Rank
Culture
Rank
Weather
Rank
Crime
Rank
50. Maryland33.75474393629
49. Minnesota30.653915343517
48. Kansas30.152426384135
47. Montana30.05333324729
46. Alaska29.72523204849
45. Maine29.6540291502
44. Arkansas29.65194942946
43. Alabama28.7844433944
42. Idaho28.15223930436
41. Connecticut28.154979364

Read the full report from BankRate.com.

Final Thoughts

Money expert Clark Howard says if you’re a retiree or are close to retiring, and you’re thinking about relocating, it’s good to take a gradual approach.

“One of my key rules is you should always rent first for six months, a year or even two years if you’re thinking about relocating for retirement. If it turns out that you don’t like it, at least you’re not all-in owning a home that you’ve now got to get rid of,” he says.

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