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

By Ted Starkey

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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)

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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)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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