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10 Best States for Retirement

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The very best place to retire for you might be on a beach…or in the mountains…or near family…or in the same house you've lived in for years. It's a personal decision that no one else can make for you. However, if you haven't already settled on a retirement destination, an objective analysis of your options can help narrow your search.

We rated all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on quantifiable factors that are important to many retirees. Our rankings favored states that are affordable and economically healthy, as well as those with low crime rates. We also rewarded states with large but relatively prosperous populations of residents age 65 and up (though if you prefer a younger crowd, consider a college town for retirement). Finally, we weighed the tax situation for retirees in each state.

The following 10 states topped our rankings of retirement destinations. No state is perfect, but within each we identified a city or two that should hold particular appeal to retirees. Take a look. Our picks span the country from east to (far) west and offer a wide diversity of climates and lifestyles. There's a place for just about everyone.

Populations, household incomes, home values and poverty rates are from the U.S. Census Bureau. Rates for both violent crime and property crime are from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The cost-of-living data is provided by the Council for Community and Economic Research. Tax rankings, based on Kiplinger's Retiree Tax Map, divide states into five categories: Most Friendly, Friendly, Mixed, Not Friendly and Least Friendly.

10 Best States for Retirement

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