No. 4: Arkansas
Weaknesses: Crime, health care, personal well-being
Arkansas, last year’s worst place to retire, has improved 3 spots since then, boosted partly by a low cost of living that makes life easier for retirees who are on a fixed income.
Unfortunately, Arkansas still received below-average marks for crime, health care and overall well-being. Arkansas has the 9th highest violent crime rate in the nation and the 6th lowest score for health care quality from the federal government. The state struggles with hospital admissions for hypertension and diabetes, among other issues.
Arkansas also received the 7th lowest happiness score in the nation among seniors, with especially low overall scores for physical and social health.
Sources: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; Gallup-Healthways; the Council for Community and Economic Research; the FBI; the Tax Foundation, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.