No. 10: Virginia
The 10th-best state for retirement is also the one exception on this list. Virginia, the only coastal state in the top 10, received above-average scores for all the criteria considered in this ranking.
That means the Old Dominion State would be a good place to live for retirees on a tight budget: It taxes residents at a lower rate, and its cost of living is below average. Virginia also has a relatively low crime rate, and it receives better-than-average scores when it comes to health care quality, weather and surveys of personal wellness.
With that in mind, the state tourism department may want to add to its "Virginia is for lovers" slogan with another sobriquet: "Virginia is for retirees, too."