WalletHub lists the best and worst states to retire.
Here are the top 10:
- South Dakota
- South Carolina
And the worst 10:
- New Mexico
- New Jersey
- District of Columbia
- Rhode Island
They were rated on three measures: affordability, quality of life, and health care.
The top 10 were excellent at two of the three measures and not bad on the third. Many of the bottom 10 were terrible at two of the three measures.
In the top 10 I've lived in Florida, Iowa, and Colorado. I have no idea how the first two beat Colorado on "quality of life", but I'm sure they have their reasons.
Now if affordability wasn't an issue -- if you had saved up enough for retirement and could live anywhere, the top 10 would be:
- New Hampshire
- New York
You can slice and dice the info however you want to find the place that works best for you.
As for us, Colorado is AWESOME and we plan to stay here for some time. Once our kids are out of the house and establish families of their own, we may move then to be closer them, but that's a long time away.
Where would you like to retire?