Wyoming tops our list, mostly by being a great place to retire. Its low taxes, low crime rate, low cost of living and high degree of overall well-being have put the state near the top of our rankings for years.
It’s also not a bad place for people looking for a breather from politics. Wyoming residents are only middle-of-the-pack when it comes to showing up to vote, with 56 percent voting in the hotly contested 2012 election. They do give a little more, on average, for political campaigns than those in other states, but Wyoming’s status as a non-battleground state and a relative political backwater — it has just three electoral votes in presidential elections and one representative in the U.S. House — means the state will likely be spared from much of the campaign ad blitz this election season.