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No. 1: Wyoming

Strengths: Low taxes, good weather, low crime rate

And the winner is: Wyoming!

Retirees looking for out-of-this-world mountain views will find their happy place in Bankrate's No. 1 place to retire in 2015. The state is home to famous national parks like Yellowstone and Grand Teton, as well as ample hot springs and wildlife.

Wyoming has many practical perks for those looking to live out their golden years here, including low cost of living and minimal crime. Although apartment rental prices are on par with the national average, residents can find bargains in areas like entertainment and car maintenance.

In Laramie, for example, a movie ticket will cost you only $9.02, 7 percent below the national average. A trip to the beauty salon also won't break the bank, coming in at $28.43 (17 percent below average), and an auto service, like tire balancing, is $9.41, a whopping 20 percent below average.

As far as tax rates, it doesn't get better than here. According to the latest tax burden ranking, residents of Wyoming paid the lowest percentage of income tax at just 6.9 percent, edging out Alaska at 7 percent.

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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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