No. 7: Montana
Strengths: Personal well-being, low taxes
Nature-loving retirees will find many scenic beauties in Montana, like Yellowstone and Glacier national parks, waterfalls and lakes, and a variety of wildlife. Overall, Montana residents say they are satisfied with their surroundings. They enjoy nice weather, a low cost of living and reasonable taxes.
According to the Tax Foundation, the state has an estimated combined state/local tax burden of 8.6 percent, well below the national average. The Tax Foundation's analysis included income, sales, property and other taxes levied in 2011.
The relatively low crime rate in Montana is another perk. Retirees can rest easy knowing that the FBI reported only 2,444 incidences of violent crime in the state in 2013, a 12.8 percent decrease from just one year before.