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No. 6: Iowa
Iowa

No. 6: Iowa

Strengths: Personal well-being, health care system

When one thinks of where to live out their post-working years, Midwestern farmland may not be the obvious choice. After all, winters in Iowa can be frigid, summers humid and the state is smack in the middle of the country.

But Iowa more than redeems itself for its low cost of living, low crime rate and quality health care.

Iowa's health care system ranked as the fifth-best in the country, according to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The agency, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, measures more than 160 different aspects of a state's health care system. Its latest report showed, for example, that Iowa's doctors and hospitals are doing a relatively good job on flu immunizations for the elderly.

Iowa's well-being scores also ranked as the fourth-highest in the nation, proving that it's not always about location, location, location.

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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