10 worst states for retirement

By Chris Kahn •

Retirement » 10 Worst States For Retirement


10 bad states for retirees
Worst states for retirees © Doug Lemke/
Beware of the beach! Watch out for historic neighborhoods, vineyards, sweeping verandas — especially if you’re about to retire. These places will steal your heart and get you thinking about a permanent move before you’ve considered all the angles.

And there are many. Bankrate analyzed a variety of data, including state taxes, local crime rates, access to medical care and cost of living. We found that some of the prettiest, most touristy states in the nation are also some of the toughest on retirees.

Here, in descending order, are 10 of the lowest-ranking states for retirement based on our criteria.

No. 10: Delaware
Delaware © Songquan Deng/
Delaware is home to excellent beaches, hiking trails and other natural beauties. It’s also a shopper’s haven since it doesn’t levy sales taxes on consumers. Yet, despite relatively low state and local taxes and a temperate climate, The First State can be tougher on retirees than many other states. Its cost of living is higher than average, according to data from the Council for Community and Economic Research, and access to medical care is below average.

Delaware’s crime rate also is among the highest in the nation, with 3,970 property and violent crimes per 100,000 people, according to the FBI’s 2011 Uniform Crime Report.

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  1. If you look at the 11 (Maryland and Vermont tied) states 8 of them of Democrats are in charge, Maine and Alaska are on the list because of the cold. Wisconsin is the only Republican in charge that made the list not because of weather. So what this should tell you is to get the hell out of a democratic controlled state when you retire.

  2. I am glad I made your day on this beautiful snow day in late March. This snow stuff really needs to be over with. Maybe they will keep extended snow days like they do with the cut off for ObamaCare.

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