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No. 5: Louisiana
Louisiana

No. 5: Louisiana

Weaknesses: Personal well-being, high crime rate

Louisiana may have Mardi Gras, jazz and an affordable cost of living, but high crime and poor health care make the Pelican State our fifth-worst place to retire.

In 2012, Louisiana recorded the highest murder rate in the country, according to the FBI. It also has the fifth-highest rate of property crimes.

Health care isn't any better. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality gave Louisiana the fifth-lowest score in the nation for health care quality. The agency says Louisiana had a "worse than average" record for a variety of issues, including potentially avoidable hospitalizations for chronic conditions.

Residents there also receive low marks for happiness, and the weather is off-putting. In the past 15 years, Louisiana has experienced dozens of tropical storms and hurricanes that have caused widespread damage and numerous deaths.

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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