No. 3: Colorado
- Great weather
- Personal well-being
It's no shock that Colorado has some of the best weather in the country -- the 3rd best, in fact, according to the NOAA data we analyzed. The state sees ample sunshine and little humidity, particularly in cities such as Denver, which enjoys more than 300 days of sun a year. In January, the average high in the city is 47 degrees and the low is 16. By March, the average high increases to 56 degrees and the low reaches 25.
There's plenty to do in Colorado, including golfing, skiing and visiting museums, but retirees might just be content taking in the spectacular scenery. Whether it's the Great Sand Dunes in southern Colorado, Pikes Peak or the Black Canyon, this state is certainly postcard-worthy.
Colorado also scores high for well-being in the Gallup-Healthways index, particularly in the social category. It ranked 4th out of U.S. overall.
As if all this weren't enough, residents of the Centennial State have a relatively low tax burden of 8.9%.
Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Gallup-Healthways; Council for Community and Economic Research; FBI; Tax Foundation; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.