Sorry snowbirds. Your best bet for the ultimate retirement experience isn’t Florida. To find the best states to retire, head west.
Wyoming, Colorado and Utah topped a list to states for retirees, according to a ranking by Bankrate.com. The site analyzed numerous factors for each state, including weather, cost of living, crime rate, health care quality, tax burden and “senior well-being,” a set of data that measured satisfaction and personal wellness among the 65-plus population.
“There are many factors retirees should consider before deciding where to put down their roots,” Bankrate.com research and statistics analyst Chris Kahn said in a statement. “Warm weather may be an initial draw, but all the sunny days in the world won’t make you happy if you’re constantly stretching your budget or don’t have access to quality health care.”
According to Bankrate.com, the top 10 states to retire are:
- South Dakota
Arkansas ranked at the bottom of the list because of the state’s below-average marks for weather, crime, health care, taxes and well-being. Rounding out the bottom top 10: New York, Alaska, West Virginia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Hawaii, Kentucky, Missouri and Oregon.