Best and Worst States for Retirement
At that time, he reported on a study on this topic by MoneyRates.com. Recently another site, TopRetirements.com did a similar list, results below.
Ten worst states for retirement:
48. New York
47. Rhode Island
46. New Jersey
41. NevadaWhat I find interesting about this list is that it shares exactly two states with MoneyRates.com's list of the worst states: Ohio and Nevada. This illustrates an important point for those considering where to retire. There are many criteria to consider, and these lists are, at best, only a starting point.
This list, for example, used three criteria:
- Taxation (including property taxes and social security)
- State's fiscal health
- Cost of living
- Tax burden
- Crime rates
- Life expectancy
- Health care
- Recreational opportunities
- Cultural resources
- Natural disasters
- Social, political or religious concerns
What are your primary concerns when you consider a place to retire?
By the way, in 2009, TopRetirements.com also chose the best 10 states to retire:
2. North Carolina
4. South Carolina
You'll note that California made both the worst and best lists, because the best list was based on visits to the site's state retirement guides. Obviously, climate played a huge part here.
The takeaway from this study? Make up your own list of requirements and use these lists to help narrow down your focus.