Tennessee: #5 Best State to Retire in 2018

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Tennessee: #5 Best State to Retire in 2018

After rating all 50 states for retirement based on financial factors, Tennessee ranked fifth on our list of best states for retirees.


Personal preferences matter when it comes to picking where to retire. Do you prefer year-round warm weather or all four seasons? Do you want to be near the grandkids or far away from family? These are questions you need to answer for yourself. What we can help you with is whether a particular state fits your retirement budget. We ranked all 50 states for retirement based on a host of financial factors including cost of living, tax burdens on retirees and the affordability of health care. We also examined how economically healthy each state is, as well as the physical health of each state's population of residents age 65 and over. After crunching all of the numbers, Tennessee ranked fifth on our list of the best states for retirement. Take a look at why.

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Tennessee: #5 Best State for Retirement

Population: 6.5 million

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Share of population 65+: 15.0% (U.S.: 14.5%)

Cost of living: 12% below the U.S. average


Average income for 65+ households: $47,891 (U.S.: $53,799)

Average health care costs for a retired couple: Below average at $411,617 (U.S.: $423,523)

Tax rating for retirees: Tax Friendly

The Volunteer State is a good choice for budget-conscious retirees. According to data from the Council for Community and Economic Research, every major metro area offers below-average living costs in almost every category of expenses, including health care—among the biggest financial concerns for aging Americans. Plus, Tennessee does not levy state income taxes, so your retirement income can stretch even further. And being economically healthy, Tennessee should have no issues maintaining its tax-friendliness; it ranks eighth of all states for fiscal soundness, according to a recent report from the Mercatus Center.

Learn more about how we ranked all 50 states for retirement including our methodology and data sources.

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