The 10 best states for retirement if you love the holidays


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If you’re the type who starts breaking out the Christmas decorations and humming “All I Want for Christmas Is You” long before Thanksgiving, you might want to consider retiring in these states.

They not only have solid fundamentals for retirees — relatively low crime rates, affordable living costs and high overall levels of well-being — but we found they also do well on some measures of holiday cheer:

  • Shopper-friendliness (including low sales taxes and abundant stores).
  • The generosity of citizens when giving to charity.
  • The likelihood of a white Christmas.

We went about making a list — and yeah, we checked it twice (at least). So, counting down to No. 1, here are the top 10 states for both practical retirement considerations and for decking the halls.

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