Based on such catagories as climate, cost of living, property taxes, crime rates economy and life expectancy.
1. Michigan, below average in all categories
2. Pennsylvania, low life expectancy and poor economy
3. Alaska, harsh climate and cost of living
4. Illinois, high property tax and unemployment
5. Massachusetts, one of the most expensive
6. tie Ohio, particularly low life expectancy
6. tie New York, highest property tax in the nation and cost of living
8. Maine, harsh climate, low life expectancy
9. Maryland, high property tax, and cost of living
10. Rhode Island, high cost of living and taxes
Nine of ten eastern states beyond the Mississippi and Alaska
Ten best states in which to retire
1. Hawaii, great climate but very spendy cost of living
2. Idaho, seasonal climate with low cost of living and low crime rate,
3. Utah, Economic factors but IMHO can feel like a foreigner amongst the Mormons.
4. Arizona, great climate but some areas of high crime
5. Virginia, low crime rate, good life expectancy
6. Colorado, has its attraction but IMHO don't go to midnight movies.
7 tie, Florida, great climate outside of hurrican season, high crime rate
7 tie, New Mexico, great climate but high crime rate
9. South Dakota, harsh climate, low crime rate
10 tie, California, losing its former attractiveness due to high taxes and poorly run state government.
10. tie, Texas, climate is ok for some but has a high crime rat
Mostly Western states except Virginia and Florida, Texas? So taking all things into consideration unless you have the funds to afford Hawai'i, Idaho is the winner and that's where I am retired. It is surprising how many come from other states particularly California, Oregon, Washington and Colorado to retire in Idaho because of the much lower cost of living.