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No. 8: Kentucky
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No. 8: Kentucky

Weaknesses: Personal well-being, poor health care quality

The Bluegrass State is often associated with a trifecta of unhealthy behaviors: bourbon, tobacco and gambling on horse racing. So it's not surprising that Kentucky would receive low marks for emotional and physical health.

Kentucky received the second-lowest score for well-being among seniors, with poor scores for lifestyle habits and disease. Kentucky's health care system also received poor marks from the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The agency, which is part of the Department of Health and Human Services, noted that the state has a problem with potentially avoidable hospitalizations for acute and chronic conditions.

And if it's temperate weather you want, then look elsewhere. Tornado outbreaks are common here, and summers are hot and humid.

There is one benefit to living in Kentucky: It has one of the lowest costs of living in the country. So from a purely financial perspective, your retirement dollars will go much further.

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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