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Best places to retire: How your state ranks

Retirement » Best Places To Retire: How Your State Ranks

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.

See how your state ranked in 2013.

Check out how your state ranks for retirement

StateOverall scoreScore: 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 (%)
Alabama4564.193.439.48.3449.93502.257.775.3
Alaska4867.6135.338.17603.22739.437.773.3
Arizona1667.2101.345.98.9428.93539.284.539
Arkansas4764.391.536.510.3469.13660.16573.5
California2867.6122.943.811.4423.12758.771.961.4
Colorado268.998.855.29308.92684.77253.1
Connecticut4065.913254.811.928321405665
Delaware3366.5106.954.310.1547.43340.956.5****66.5
Florida3966.29940.19.2487.13276.766.871.8
Georgia2166.694.240.18.8378.93410.662.769.3
Hawaii4668.4158.149.79.6239.23075.259.368.8
Idaho866.390.646.49.5207.91983.56458.2
Illinois2666.995.944.610.2414.82578.756.871.4
Indiana3564.991.641.49.5345.73029.257.772.4
Iowa968.292.460.79.3263.92271.86074.6
Kansas1566.991.751.79.4354.63143.265.869.4
Kentucky416390.934.69.5222.62552.954.771.4
Louisiana4464.995.835.27.6496.93540.664.377.8
Maine1267.7109.164.710.2122.72509.95769.5
Maryland4267.2116.542.210.6476.82753.55765
Massachusetts2068121.463.710.3405.521535563.2
Michigan3065.495.751.89.6454.52530.549.272.3
Minnesota1169.7101.867.110.7230.92568.35574.3
Mississippi3663.789.332.58.4260.8281162.577.8
Missouri2764.593.645.19450.93314.458.373.6
Montana769.398.8488.6272.22583.758.861.5
Nebraska669.790.254.69.4259.42754.963.369.3
Nevada1866.695.935.48.1607.62809.476.346.4
New Hampshire1368.2119.466.78187.9232443.574.8
New Jersey3766.9128.252.312.3290.22047.35665.3
New Mexico2465.795.5338.6559.13600.77548.8
New York5065.5129.146.112.6406.8192250.867.6
North Carolina2565.897.347.19.8353.43369.560.369.7
North Dakota470..4100.856.88.8244.72010.158.772.8
Ohio3864.293.244.59.7299.73117.45170.9
Oklahoma4364.790.534.68.5469.334016170.8
Oregon3466.7108.34610.1247.63224.24870.9
Pennsylvania2365.5101.647.810.3348.72166.353.366.1
Rhode Island2965.2125.355.610.5252.42572.35866
South Carolina3265.397.345.18.3558.83822.262.368.2
South Dakota17099.254.27.1321.82060.16371.5
Tennessee3164.390.846.37.6643.63371.458.371.2
Texas1966.99338.47.5408.63361.862.269.5
Utah368.292.657.19.4205.82991.86855..5
Vermont1469.1119.560.410.5142.62398.74967.5
Virginia1066.896.451.49.2190.12162.160.766.9
Washington2268.3102.448.99.4295.63658.644.372.1
West Virginia4961.49732.89.7316.32364.94070.8
Wisconsin1767.79764.111280.52453.85474.3
Wyoming565.697.243.46.9201.42293.865.756.6

*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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