No. 2: New York
Weaknesses: Extremely high tax rate, high cost of living
Retire cheaply in the Big Apple? You can fuhgeddaboutit. New York City might have a low crime rate, but it's the most expensive place to live in the country -- more than twice the national average -- and neighboring Brooklyn ranks third.
In addition, New York's state and local income taxes are the highest in the nation, and property taxes rank fourth highest among all the states.
And, the over-65 crowd gave the state some of the lowest personal satisfaction scores in the nation, according to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. The Big Apple's crowded streets, slippery sidewalks and lack of elevators may have something to do with it.