Where to Retire: All 50 States Ranked From Best to Worst

When you're retired, you may want to spend more time with your grandkids, work on a favorite hobby, travel, volunteer, or spend more time exercising or being in the outdoors. Will you live closer to family, or somewhere you can enjoy mild weather year round?

Some people may move when they retire, others may stay where they are. Whether you stay or go, how does each state hold up when it comes to a quality, affordable retirement?

In deciding where to retire, most retirees value proximity to family and friends, affordable cost of living, access to excellent health care and hospitals, good weather and a low crime rate, according to a 2018 survey by the Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies.

To find the best and worst states to retire, personal finance site Bankrate looked at 11 public and private datasets and scored each state in five categories: Affordability was 40% of the score, crime was 5%, culture 15%, weather was 15% and wellness was 25% of the score. Here's how each of the 50 states ranked overall, and in each category individually.

1. Nebraska
1. Nebraska

1. Nebraska

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 14
  • Crime: 19
  • Culture: 21
  • Weather: 30
  • Wellness: 8

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2. Iowa
2. Iowa

2. Iowa

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 8
  • Crime: 15
  • Culture: 20
  • Weather: 34
  • Wellness: 12

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3. Missouri
3. Missouri

3. Missouri

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 1 (tied with Michigan)
  • Crime: 42
  • Culture: 33
  • Weather: 19
  • Wellness: 27

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4. South Dakota
4. South Dakota

4. South Dakota

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 17
  • Crime: 23
  • Culture: 12
  • Weather: 39
  • Wellness: 10

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5. Florida
5. Florida

5. Florida

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 25
  • Crime: 29
  • Culture: 13
  • Weather: 2
  • Wellness: 31

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6. Kentucky
6. Kentucky

6. Kentucky

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 9
  • Crime: 9
  • Culture: 46
  • Weather: 15
  • Wellness: 24

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7. Kansas
7. Kansas

7. Kansas

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 7
  • Crime: 39
  • Culture: 37
  • Weather: 20
  • Wellness: 21

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8. North Carolina
8. North Carolina

8. North Carolina

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 13
  • Crime: 28
  • Culture: 28
  • Weather: 12
  • Wellness: 33

Pictured is Charlotte, N.C.

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9. Montana
9. Montana

9. Montana

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 16
  • Crime: 31
  • Culture: 2
  • Weather: 45
  • Wellness: 20

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10. Hawaii
10. Hawaii

10. Hawaii

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 45
  • Crime: 24
  • Culture: 9
  • Weather: 1
  • Wellness: 9

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11. Arkansas
11. Arkansas

11. Arkansas

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 4
  • Crime: 46
  • Culture: 39
  • Weather: 9
  • Wellness: 34

Pictured is Eureka Springs, Arkansas.

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12. Wisconsin
12. Wisconsin

12. Wisconsin

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 20
  • Crime: 15
  • Culture: 17
  • Weather: 43
  • Wellness: 7

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13. North Dakota
13. North Dakota

13. North Dakota

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 22
  • Crime: 17
  • Culture: 26
  • Weather: 49
  • Wellness: 2

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14. Vermont
14. Vermont

14. Vermont

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 42
  • Crime: 1 (tied with New Hampshire)
  • Culture: 3
  • Weather: 44
  • Wellness: 1

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15. New Hampshire
15. New Hampshire

15. New Hampshire

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 39
  • Crime: 1 (tied with Vermont)
  • Culture: 4
  • Weather: 41
  • Wellness: 3

Pictured is the Winnipesaukee River in Laconia, N.H.

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16. Alabama
16. Alabama

16. Alabama

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 10
  • Crime: 44
  • Culture: 44
  • Weather: 7
  • Wellness: 31

Pictured is Fairhope, Ala.

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17. Texas
17. Texas

17. Texas

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 24
  • Crime: 37
  • Culture: 50
  • Weather: 4
  • Wellness: 13

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18. Idaho
18. Idaho

18. Idaho

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 15
  • Crime: 4
  • Culture: 30
  • Weather: 42
  • Wellness: 15

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19. Mississippi
19. Mississippi

19. Mississippi

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 6
  • Crime: 24
  • Culture: 49
  • Weather: 6
  • Wellness: 40

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20. Wyoming
20. Wyoming

20. Wyoming

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 23
  • Crime: 9
  • Culture: 13
  • Weather: 46
  • Wellness: 11

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21. Oklahoma
21. Oklahoma

21. Oklahoma

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 11
  • Crime: 41
  • Culture: 43
  • Weather: 11
  • Wellness: 35

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22. Tennessee
22. Tennessee

22. Tennessee

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 12
  • Crime: 46
  • Culture: 34
  • Weather: 14
  • Wellness: 35

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23. Massachusetts
23. Massachusetts

23. Massachusetts

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 43
  • Crime: 11
  • Culture: 9
  • Weather: 33
  • Wellness: 4

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24. Michigan
24. Michigan

24. Michigan

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 1 (tied with Missouri)
  • Crime: 22
  • Culture: 35
  • Weather: 40
  • Wellness: 43

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25. West Virginia
25. West Virginia

25. West Virginia

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 18
  • Crime: 18
  • Culture: 27
  • Weather: 24
  • Wellness: 39

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26. Ohio
26. Ohio

26. Ohio

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 5
  • Crime: 19
  • Culture: 29
  • Weather: 26
  • Wellness: 47

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27. Rhode Island
27. Rhode Island

27. Rhode Island

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 44
  • Crime: 8
  • Culture: 5
  • Weather: 28
  • Wellness: 16

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28. Georgia
28. Georgia

28. Georgia

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 19
  • Crime: 35
  • Culture: 45
  • Weather: 5
  • Wellness: 44

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29. Indiana
29. Indiana

29. Indiana

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 3
  • Crime: 27
  • Culture: 41
  • Weather: 25
  • Wellness: 46

Pictured is Indiana University in Bloomington.

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30. Connecticut
30. Connecticut

30. Connecticut

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 46
  • Crime: 7
  • Culture: 8
  • Weather: 29
  • Wellness: 5

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31. Maine
31. Maine

31. Maine

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 35
  • Crime: 3
  • Culture: 1
  • Weather: 48
  • Wellness: 18

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32. Delaware
32. Delaware

32. Delaware

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 30
  • Crime: 36
  • Culture: 9
  • Weather: 16
  • Wellness: 41

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33. Colorado
33. Colorado

33. Colorado

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 36
  • Crime: 32
  • Culture: 22
  • Weather: 37
  • Wellness: 6

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34. Pennsylvania
34. Pennsylvania

34. Pennsylvania

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 28
  • Crime: 13
  • Culture: 15
  • Weather: 31
  • Wellness: 28

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35. Utah
35. Utah

35. Utah

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 21
  • Crime: 21
  • Culture: 47
  • Weather: 32
  • Wellness: 17

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36. Louisiana
36. Louisiana

36. Louisiana

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 29
  • Crime: 48
  • Culture: 48
  • Weather: 3
  • Wellness: 25

Photo: f11photo / Shutterstock

37. New Mexico
37. New Mexico

37. New Mexico

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 26
  • Crime: 49
  • Culture: 38
  • Weather: 21
  • Wellness: 22

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38. Arizona
38. Arizona

38. Arizona

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 33
  • Crime: 43
  • Culture: 39
  • Weather: 10
  • Wellness: 29

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39. Virginia
39. Virginia

39. Virginia

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 32
  • Crime: 6
  • Culture: 36
  • Weather: 17
  • Wellness: 42

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40. Minnesota
40. Minnesota

40. Minnesota

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 31
  • Crime: 14
  • Culture: 31
  • Weather: 47
  • Wellness: 14

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41. South Carolina
41. South Carolina

41. South Carolina

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 27
  • Crime: 45
  • Culture: 22
  • Weather: 8
  • Wellness: 50

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42. New Jersey
42. New Jersey

42. New Jersey

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 48
  • Crime: 5
  • Culture: 16
  • Weather: 22
  • Wellness: 23

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43. California
43. California

43. California

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 49
  • Crime: 34
  • Culture: 17
  • Weather: 13
  • Wellness: 19

Photo: Shutterstock

44. Oregon
44. Oregon

44. Oregon

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 37
  • Crime: 30
  • Culture: 6
  • Weather: 35
  • Wellness: 45

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45. Nevada
45. Nevada

45. Nevada

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 34
  • Crime: 40
  • Culture: 17
  • Weather: 27
  • Wellness: 48

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46. Washington
46. Washington

46. Washington

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 41
  • Crime: 37
  • Culture: 25
  • Weather: 36
  • Wellness: 37

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47. Illinois
47. Illinois

47. Illinois

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 40
  • Crime: 26
  • Culture: 32
  • Weather: 23
  • Wellness: 49

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48. Alaska
48. Alaska

48. Alaska

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 38
  • Crime: 49
  • Culture: 24
  • Weather: 50
  • Wellness: 26

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49. New York
49. New York

49. New York

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 50
  • Crime: 11
  • Culture: 7
  • Weather: 38
  • Wellness: 30

Pictured is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

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50. Maryland
50. Maryland

50. Maryland

Other Rankings:

  • Affordability: 47
  • Crime: 33
  • Culture: 42
  • Weather: 18
  • Wellness: 37

Learn more about Bankrate's methodology for this study at Bankrate.com.

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