No. 9: Missouri
Weaknesses: High crime rate, poor health care quality, personal well-being
The Show-Me State's crime statistics overshadow a favorable tax environment and low cost of living common among many Corn Belt states.
Missouri ranks 14th for violent and property crime, according to stats from the FBI's latest report on crime in the U.S. It also had the sixth-highest murder rate in the U.S. in 2012.
Missouri, which experiences cold, long winters and violent thunderstorms and tornadoes, also received low scores for personal well-being among seniors by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being survey. The survey assesses the general satisfaction of residents with their personal lives and their surroundings. It asks questions such as: Do you think your community is "getting better or getting worse," and, "Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?"