Which Is the Best State for Retirement? How About the Worst? Here’s the List

Mar 23, 2015  •  Post A Comment

The best and worst states in which to retire have been identified in a new study from consumer financial services company Bankrate.com.

The best place to retire, according to the research, is Wyoming. The worst is Arkansas.

The study examined factors including weather, cost of living, crime rate, quality of health care, tax rates and senior well-being.

The top 10 states, in order, are Wyoming, Colorado, Utah, Idaho, Virginia, Iowa, Montana, South Dakota, Arizona and Nebraska.

The bottom 10, from worst to 41st worst, are Arkansas, New York, Alaska, West Virginia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Hawaii, Kentucky, Missouri and Oregon.

To see the full list of 50 states, and to read the full announcement from Bankrate.com, please click here.



  1. Doesn’t surprise me New Jersey is in the bottom 10 – the property taxes here are horrendous – and you get so little back for them – just lining the pockets of all the corrupt politicians.

  2. Why do I suspect that the “Top 10” are states with the most business-friendly bank and payday loan laws? Not to mention, some of the most conservative politically.

  3. Right Florida isn’t in the Top 10 that’s why Florida is bigger than NY now in population.

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