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States ranked from first to worst on retirement

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Bankrate's "Best and Worst States to Retire" list ranks all 50 states according to their cost of living, crime rate (violent and property crimes), health care quality, state and local tax burden, personal well-being for seniors and weather (temperature, percentage of sunshine, humidity). The overall ranks of 1 to 50 go from best to worst. For more on how we ranked the states, check out our story "How we ranked Best & Worst States to Retire."

Check out how your state ranks for retirement

Overall rankStateCost of livingCrime rateCommunity well-beingHealth care qualityTax rateWeather
1Wyoming195203718
2Colorado3025614193
3Utah722197236
4Idaho322721277
5Virginia22415132110
6Iowa1112452239
7Montana2719824139
8South Dakota26113115329
9Arizona3241222175
10Nebraska92016112621
11Minnesota3315514548
12Maine3832843727
13North Dakota291023161543
14Kansas103213252517
15Vermont4113104235
16New Hampshire397176749
17Wisconsin25132134646
18Massachusetts43212224011
19Delaware3742783618
20Michigan182914173045
21Pennsylvania341636234122
22Washington36369192440
23Texas14383741423
24North Carolina283330303419
25South Carolina24482635 (tie)916
26Illinois212432323836
27Nevada3544454384
28Florida31391835 (tie)2028
29Indiana53034402934
30Tennessee2474038 (tie)624
31California46311034472
32Maryland403411274413
33Georgia153533421620
34Ohio172741313337
35Alabama124335331041
36Mississippi12344471142
37New Mexico13503848141
38Rhode Island42184694312
39Connecticut48624124814
40Oklahoma44029491226
41Oregon442812293531
42Missouri16373938 (tie)1838
43Kentucky694945 (tie)2833
44Hawaii50261203132
45New Jersey45843184915
46Louisiana20494845 (tie)544
47West Virginia231450503247
48Alaska49462528250
49New York471742265025
50Arkansas84547443930

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

See how your state ranked in 2014.

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