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No. 8: Iowa
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No. 8: Iowa

Strengths
  • Quality health care system
  • Low crime

Quality health care is particularly important to seniors, and Iowa is a great place to find it. According to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the state received very strong scores for care affordability, and strong scores in people-centered care, effective treatment, home health-hospice care and nursing homes. That includes programs such as Iowa Medicaid's medical homes for members with chronic conditions.

The Hawkeye State also enjoys a relatively low crime rate, with the 16th lowest violent crime rate in the country, according to FBI statistics.

Iowa also boasts an affordable cost of living. In the Des Moines metro area, a half-gallon of milk averages $1.85, compared with the U.S. average of $2.25.

Practicality aside, Iowans also know how to have fun. Retirees who settle in Des Moines, for instance, will find an impressive downtown with attractions such as comedy shows, painting classes, and food and music festivals.

Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Gallup-Healthways; Council for Community and Economic Research; FBI; Tax Foundation; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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