This State Is the Best to Spend Your Golden Years In

Florida ranks at the top of the best states for retirement
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 16, 2018 10:05 AM CST
This State Is the Worst to Spend Your Golden Years In
Head to the Sunshine State for the most affordable, healthiest retirement.   (Getty Images/shapecharge)

Trying to plan ahead for where you'll spend your golden years? WalletHub has done a good portion of the legwork for you, looking closely at three categories—affordability, health care, and overall quality of life—in all 50 states to see which ones offer the best retirement options. The site used a few dozen markers, including the cost of living in each state, what the weather's like, and medical personnel per capita, to make its assessment. Where you'll be most golden? In the Sunshine State itself: Florida. Here, the other states rounding out the top 10, as well as the 10 you may want to reconsider:

The Best

  1. Florida (No. 1 in "affordability" category)
  2. Colorado
  3. South Dakota
  4. Iowa
  5. Virginia
  6. Wyoming
  7. New Hampshire
  8. Idaho
  9. Utah
  10. Arizona
Read on for the worst 10.

The Worst

  1. Kentucky
  2. New Jersey (last in "affordability" category)
  3. Rhode Island
  4. Mississippi (last in "health care" category)
  5. Arkansas (last in "quality of life" category)
  6. West Virginia
  7. Louisiana
  8. New Mexico
  9. Hawaii
  10. Alabama
Check out where your state ranks here. (Read more retirement stories.)

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