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12 Great Places to Retire in the South


The southern states can give you a lot of comfort in your retirement. In many desirable locations, the mild climate and natural offerings can help get you out and active all year long. You can also enjoy lower-than-average living costs and great tax advantages in the majority of destinations in both the southwest and southeast regions of the U.S.

Check out these 12 great places to retire in the South and consider whether you might want to head to one of them for your own retirement.

Estimates of living costs for retirees, where available, come from the Council for Community and Economic Research. Populations and median home values are from the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates of states' average lifetime health care costs during retirement for couples retiring at 65 are from HealthView Services. Tax rankings are based on Kiplinger's Retiree Tax Map, which divides states into five categories: Most Tax-Friendly, Tax-Friendly, Mixed, Not Tax-Friendly and Least Tax-Friendly. Crime statistics are from the FBI. Retirement destinations are listed in alphabetical order by state.

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