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No. 9: Arizona
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No. 9: Arizona

Strengths: Great weather, personal well-being

Retirees have beaten a path to the Grand Canyon State for years. The only surprise here is that the state isn't higher on our list.

One of Arizona's biggest advantages is its desert climate: Yuma gets more sunshine than any other location tracked by the government, while Phoenix and Tucson are nearly as bright. The Gallup-Healthways Well-Being index also found that Arizona scored much higher than the national average in terms of personal well-being. In fact, the state earned the second-highest wellness scores in the country, ranking just behind Hawaii.

The main knock on Arizona is its above-average crime rate. FBI crime statistics show that Arizona had 416.5 violent crimes and 3,399 property crimes per 100,000 residents. That gives Arizona the 10th highest rate in the country for violent crimes and sixth highest for property crimes.

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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