Bankrate Study: 10 Worst States to Retire List for 2018


'Don't think about retirement as something separate and apart (from what you want now),' he said. All of these categories then factor into a final ranking out of 50. found that South Dakota was the best state for retirees, beating out Utah (No. 2), Idaho (No. 3), New Hampshire (No. 4) and Florida (No. 5). Where, though, should you enjoy your repose?

"These attributes may better determine what makes for a satisfying retirement than, say, warm weather", analyst Taylor Tepper said.

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Things counting against South Dakota were the state's cost of living score, overall crime rate and, not surprisingly, the weather. "Residents in the other top states feel similarly". After all, it was listed as the second most tax-friendly state, which is appealing to just about anyone. All of those states aside from Florida are in the bottom half of the United States in terms of population.

The bottom of the barrel for retirement was NY, according to Bankrate's findings.

The Bankrate study sourced the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, The Council for Community and Economic Research, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Gallup-Sharecare, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Tax Foundation, University of Hawaii at Manoa and Western States Arts Federation. NY came up last.