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The 10 worst states for retirement

You should be choosy in your golden years. If you want to relocate, make sure to find a place where your dollar can stretch a little further. Look for a strong health care system and a place where residents are safe and feel good about their surroundings. The weather is also very important.

Bankrate found that some parts of the country are blessed with many of these qualities, while others are tougher on retirees.

We ranked all 50 states in terms of cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, tax rates and weather. The ranking included a specialized wellness score for seniors from the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. We also used the results of a Bankrate national survey on retirement choices to fine-tune the scoring system.

The states with the lowest scores include a few with high costs of living and high tax rates. Others scored poorly for health care quality, and most of the states are known for bad weather. This isn't to say that you should avoid these states. (In fact, we would argue that you can find something to love in every state.) But you may need to work a little harder to find your retirement bliss in these states than others.

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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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