No. 5: Virginia
Strengths: Low crime rate, good health care system
This coastal state for lovers has much to keep residents happy. It has a low cost of living and low crime rate. It has the third-lowest violent crime rate in the country and the eighth-lowest property crime rate.
Its health care system also is ranked by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality as above average.
Virginia's weather is often described as a "Goldilocks climate" -- not too hot and not too cold -- which is why Bankrate found the state's weather to be a big draw for living here in retirement. Although the mountainous areas naturally receive more snowfall, coastal cities like Norfolk receive on average only 7 inches of snow per year, according to the NOAA. Because of Virginia's varied landscape, retirees can find a range of outdoor activities here, from the sandy beaches to the mountaintops.