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"While the states that ranked highly may not be thought of as typical retiree havens, seniors should consider more than sunshine when choosing a place for their golden years," said Bankrate.com research and statistics analyst
The five states that ranked the lowest for retirement are
"Of course, the best place to retire will differ drastically depending on the individual," said Kahn. "For some, the best place to retire is simply anywhere there's year-round warmth and sunshine. For others, it's where family and friends live. Retirees are best off deciding what factors matter most to them and checking the relevant statistics before making a final decision."
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Bankrate.com gathered statistics and scored states on these major factors: crime rate, weather, health care quality, tax rates, cost of living and well-being. The categories were equally weighted and the scores for each category were standardized before they were combined into a single ranking.
Crime rates came from the
Weather statistics (rates of sunshine, humidity and temperature) from the
Health care quality statistics came from the
Calculations of state tax rates from the
Cost of living stats came from the
Well-being scores came from Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, an extensive year-round survey that helps measure residents' general happiness with their surroundings. The survey asks a variety of questions such as whether people think their community is "getting better or getting worse," and "did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?"
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