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Best, worst states to retire, according to Bankrate.com

What are the best and worst states to retire? Bankrate.com ranked each state in 7 categories, including cost of living, taxes, health care quality, weather, crime, cultural vitality and well-being, and put them in order from best to worst.

See where the best places to spend your golden years are, and where you should move on from as you get closer to retirement. ...

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What are the best and worst states to retire? Bankrate.com ranked each state in 7 categories, including cost of living, taxes, health care quality, weather, crime, cultural vitality and well-being, and put them in order from best to worst.

See where the best places to spend your golden years are, and where you should move on from as you get closer to retirement. 

1.) South Dakota

Cost of Living rank: 19
Crime rank: 21
Culture rank: 10
Health care quality rank: 12
Taxes rank: 2
Weather rank: 38
Well-being rank: 1

 

2.) Utah

Cost of Living rank: 22
Crime rank: 25
Culture rank: 15
Health care quality rank: 10
Taxes rank: 8
Weather rank: 32
Well-being rank: 9

3.) Idaho

Cost of Living rank: 12
Crime rank: 4
Culture rank: 31
Health care quality rank: 8
Taxes rank: 20
Weather rank: 41
Well-being rank: 8

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4.) New Hampshire

Cost of Living rank: 43
Crime rank: 1
Culture rank: 9
Health care quality rank: 5
Taxes rank: 7
Weather rank: 43
Well-being rank: 7

5.) Florida

Cost of Living rank: 27
Crime rank: 33
Culture rank: 26
Health care quality rank: 36
Taxes rank: 4
Weather rank: 2
Well-being rank: 12

6.) Montana (tie)

Cost of Living rank: 23
Crime rank: 26
Culture rank: 7
Health care quality rank: 19
Taxes rank: 6
Weather rank: 45
Well-being rank: 10

6). North Carolina (tie)

Cost of Living rank: 12
Crime rank: 29
Culture rank: 40
Health care quality rank: 30
Taxes rank: 11
Weather rank: 12
Well-being rank: 19

8.) Wyoming

Cost of Living rank: 28
Crime rank: 9
Culture rank: 16
Health care quality rank: 22
Taxes rank: 1
Weather rank: 46
Well-being rank: 16

9.) Nebraska

Cost of Living rank: 17
Crime rank: 18
Culture rank: 25
Health care quality rank: 12
Taxes rank: 25
Weather rank: 29
Well-being rank: 17

10.) Mississippi

Cost of Living rank: 1
Crime rank: 23
Culture rank: 48
Health care quality rank: 26
Taxes rank: 24
Weather rank: 5
Well-being rank: 47

11.) Hawaii

Cost of Living rank: 48
Crime rank: 35
Culture rank: 3
Health care quality rank: 17
Taxes rank: 27
Weather rank: 1
Well-being rank: 3

12. Massachusetts

Cost of Living rank: 46
Crime rank: 14
Culture rank: 12
Health care quality rank: 3
Taxes rank: 22
Weather rank: 34
Well-being rank: 11

13.) Virginia

Cost of Living rank: 30
Crime rank: 4
Culture rank: 17
Health care quality rank: 24
Taxes rank: 31
Weather rank: 16
Well-being rank: 18

14. Michigan

Cost of Living rank: 4
Crime rank: 23
Culture rank: 27
Health care quality rank: 32
Taxes rank: 12
Weather rank: 40
Well-being rank: 32
 

15.) Missouri

Cost of Living rank: 3
Crime rank: 41
Culture rank: 28
Health care quality rank: 35
Taxes rank: 16
Weather rank: 17
Well-being rank: 39

16. Iowa

Cost of Living rank: 11
Crime rank: 16
Culture rank: 18
Health care quality rank: 12
Taxes rank: 40
Weather rank: 33
Well-being rank: 21

17.) Colorado (tie)

Cost of Living rank: 35
Crime rank: 28
Culture rank: 12
Health care quality rank: 15
Taxes rank: 18
Weather rank: 37
Well-being rank: 7

17.) Texas (tie)

Cost of Living rank: 20
Crime rank: 36
Culture rank: 43
Health care quality rank: 44
Taxes rank: 13
Weather rank: 4
Well-being rank: 13

19.) Delaware

Cost of Living rank: 32
Crime rank: 40
Culture rank: 24
Health care quality rank: 6
Taxes rank: 15
Weather rank: 18
Well-being rank: 40

20.) North Dakota

Cost of Living rank: 29
Crime rank: 17
Culture rank: 14
Health care quality rank: 8
Taxes rank: 30
Weather rank: 49
Well-being rank: 5
 

21.) Tennessee

Cost of Living rank: 7
Crime rank: 45
Culture rank: 36
Health care quality rank: 46
Taxes rank: 14
Weather rank: 13
Well-being rank: 29
 

22.) Maine (tie)

Cost of Living rank: 39
Crime rank: 2
Culture rank: 8
Health care quality rank: 4
Taxes rank: 28
Weather rank: 47
Well-being rank: 24
 

22.) Indiana (tie)

Cost of Living rank: 9
Crime rank: 30
Culture rank: 42
Health care quality rank: 38
Taxes rank: 9
Weather rank: 25
Well-being rank: 42
 

24.) Alabama

Cost of Living rank: 6
Crime rank: 44
Culture rank: 47
Health care quality rank: 17
Taxes rank: 35
Weather rank: 7
Well-being rank: 38
 

25.) Kansas

Cost of Living rank: 14
Crime rank: 31
Culture rank: 34
Health care quality rank: 32
Taxes rank: 23
Weather rank: 19
Well-being rank: 33
 

26.) Vermont (tie)

Cost of Living rank: 41
Crime rank: 3
Culture rank: 1
Health care quality rank: 2
Taxes rank: 47
Weather rank: 44
Well-being rank: 2
 

26.) Wisconsin (tie)

Cost of Living rank: 21
Crime rank: 15
Culture rank: 19
Health care quality rank: 6
Taxes rank: 38
Weather rank: 42
Well-being rank: 27
 

28.) Minnesota

Cost of Living rank: 26
Crime rank: 11
Culture rank: 23
Health care quality rank: 1
Taxes rank: 46
Weather rank: 48
Well-being rank: 4
 

29.) Arizona

Cost of Living rank: 34
Crime rank: 43
Culture rank: 39
Health care quality rank: 27
Taxes rank: 21
Weather rank: 11
Well-being rank: 15
 

30.) Kentucky

Cost of Living rank: 9
Crime rank: 10
Culture rank: 46
Health care quality rank: 39
Taxes rank: 33
Weather rank: 15
Well-being rank: 45
 

31.) Pennsylvania

Cost of Living rank: 31
Crime rank: 12
Culture rank: 30
Health care quality rank: 21
Taxes rank: 26
Weather rank: 30
Well-being rank: 34
 

32.) New Jersey

Cost of Living rank: 42
Crime rank: 4
Culture rank: 11
Health care quality rank: 10
Taxes rank: 50
Weather rank: 24
Well-being rank: 28
 

33.) West Virginia

Cost of Living rank: 18
Crime rank: 19
Culture rank: 38
Health care quality rank: 43
Taxes rank: 19
Weather rank: 22
Well-being rank: 50
 

34.) Rhode Island

Cost of Living rank: 40
Crime rank: 8
Culture rank: 6
Health care quality rank: 16
Taxes rank: 41
Weather rank: 28
Well-being rank: 41

 

35.) Connecticut

Cost of Living rank: 44
Crime rank: 4
Culture rank: 4
Health care quality rank: 23
Taxes rank: 44
Weather rank: 31
Well-being rank: 20
 

36.) Alaska

Cost of Living rank: 44
Crime rank: 49
Culture rank: 5
Health care quality rank: 27
Taxes rank: 3
Weather rank: 50
Well-being rank: 25
 

37.) Georgia

Cost of Living rank: 15
Crime rank: 38
Culture rank: 49
Health care quality rank: 40
Taxes rank: 36
Weather rank: 6
Well-being rank: 31
 

38.) Ohio

Cost of Living rank: 5
Crime rank: 20
Culture rank: 33
Health care quality rank: 36
Taxes rank: 45
Weather rank: 26
Well-being rank: 44
 

39.) Oregon

Cost of Living rank: 37
Crime rank: 27
Culture rank: 22
Health care quality rank: 42
Taxes rank: 10
Weather rank: 35
Well-being rank: 35
 

40. Oklahoma

Cost of Living rank: 7
Crime rank: 41
Culture rank: 44
Health care quality rank: 47
Taxes rank: 32
Weather rank: 10
Well-being rank: 46
 

41.) South Carolina

Cost of Living rank: 23
Crime rank: 46
Culture rank: 41
Health care quality rank: 27
Taxes rank: 37
Weather rank: 8
Well-being rank: 37
 

42.) Nevada

Cost of Living rank: 33
Crime rank: 38
Culture rank: 32
Health care quality rank: 47
Taxes rank: 5
Weather rank: 27
Well-being rank: 43
 

43.) Washington

Cost of Living rank: 38
Crime rank: 37
Culture rank: 29
Health care quality rank: 34
Taxes rank: 17
Weather rank: 36
Well-being rank: 22
 

44.) Illinois

Cost of Living rank: 36
Crime rank: 25
Culture rank: 35
Health care quality rank: 30
Taxes rank: 29
Weather rank: 23
Well-being rank: 36
 

45.) California

Cost of Living rank: 49
Crime rank: 32
Culture rank: 20
Health care quality rank: 19
Taxes rank: 48
Weather rank: 14
Well-being rank: 14
 

46.) Arkansas

Cost of Living rank: 2
Crime rank: 47
Culture rank: 50
Health care quality rank: 50
Taxes rank: 39
Weather rank: 9
Well-being rank: 48
 

47.) Louisiana

Cost of Living rank: 16
Crime rank: 48
Culture rank: 45
Health care quality rank: 44
Taxes rank: 42
Weather rank: 3
Well-being rank: 49
 

48.) Maryland

Cost of Living rank: 47
Crime rank: 33
Culture rank: 21
Health care quality rank: 24
Taxes rank: 43
Weather rank: 20
Well-being rank: 30
 

49.) New Mexico

Cost of Living rank: 22
Crime rank: 50
Culture rank: 37
Health care quality rank: 49
Taxes rank: 34
Weather rank: 21
Well-being rank: 26
 

50.) New York

Cost of Living rank: 50
Crime rank: 13
Culture rank: 13
Health care quality rank: 41
Taxes rank: 49
Weather rank: 39
Well-being rank: 23