Best, worst states to retire

retired guy skiing
retired guy skiing

If you plan on retiring soon, New Hampshire is the best state to retire in, and Nevada the worst. You can stop reading now and save yourself some time, or read on to find out more about the latest of many such lists of the best and worst places to retire.

It must be an unwritten rule for anyone trying to sell something to people about to retire: Put together an annual list of the best and worst places to retire. The ratings are sure to attract readers who expect to move to less-expensive cities after they stop working, as WalletPop pointed out only five months ago in a story about how to pick a place to enjoy life after a lifetime of work ends.

Another best-worst list is out, this time from, which helps people (retirees?) find the best bank rates. Here's a rundown of the best and worst states for retirement, according to the lists MoneyRates come up with by comparing objective criteria.

It based the lists on these factors: Cost of living in major metropolitan areas, unemployment and tax burden, climate at 68 degrees, violent and property crime rates, and life expectancy. Here are the lists from MoneyRates, with a short review of what makes them stick out. Go to for more details: