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Retire in the Midwest? 12 Surprisingly Great Places

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There's no rule that says you must head south for retirement. America's Heartland has plenty for retirees to love. Many states in the Midwest offer affordability, beautiful scenery, an abundance of activities and quality health care. In fact, two midwestern states rank among the top four best states for retirement in 2018.

To come up with this list of great places to retire in the Midwest, we first pinpointed one great retirement destination in each of the 50 states, taking into account living costs, safety, median incomes and poverty rates for retirement-age residents, as well as residents' sense of well-being and the availability of recreational and health care facilities. Here are our retirement picks in the 12 midwestern states. Some (if not all) are sure to surprise you.

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The list is ordered alphabetically by state. The 12 states in the Midwest region are classified by the U.S. Census Bureau. See "How We Picked the Best Places to Retire" at the end of the list for details on our data sources and methodology.


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