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50 Best Places to Retire in the U.S.

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Some states are better than others when it comes to how they rank as retirement destinations, based on critical financial factors. But where you ultimately choose to retire doesn't always come down to dollars and cents. Indeed, the top reason people move in retirement is to be closer to family, according to a survey by Merrill Lynch and Age Wave, a research firm focused on the aging population. Or, rather than move maybe you just want to stay put in retirement in a place that’s comfortable and familiar.

Luckily, no matter which state you land on for retirement, there’s a promising place to settle down. We pinpointed one great retirement destination in each state that offers attractive advantages for retirees, taking into account living costs, safety, median incomes and poverty rates for retirement-age residents, as well as residents’ sense of well-being and the availability of recreational and health care facilities. Take a look at our 50 picks for the best places to retire to see which ones fit your dreams for retirement.

See Also: Where to Retire 2018: All 50 States Ranked for Retirement


The list is ordered alphabetically by state. See "How We Picked the Best Places to Retire" at the end of the list for details on our data sources and methodology.


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