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No. 3: Utah
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No. 3: Utah

With stunning vistas and diverse terrain, Utah will invigorate the senses and stir your muse. It's home to excellent national parks such as Bryce Canyon and Zion. The state also boasts some of the best skiing in the country, and Park City hosts the Sundance Film Festival every winter.

It's also a haven for retirees. Utah received high scores in all the categories that Bankrate considered. The state's health care quality and Well-Being Index rankings were especially high and its cost of living relatively low.

And, like other states in the West, Utah was ranked as one of the milder states in the country. With an average humidity of 55.5 percent, Utah is neither too wet nor too dry. And some parts of the state are soaked with nearly year-round sunshine.

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.

Source methodology: Bankrate collected the latest available statistics on cost of living, violent and property crime, health care quality, state and local taxes, wellness and weather (humidity, percent available sunshine and temperature). States were then given standardized scores, with more points going to a lower cost of living, lower crime rate, lower tax burden, stronger health care, better wellness grades and better weather. The scores were combined to create a composite score.

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