When a person's working years are done and the cold weather becomes intolerable, many retirees head for Florida and other balmy states in the southeast. But those states aren't the best places for retirees, a new study finds. In fact, they aren't even in the top 10.
Researchers from Bankrate.com set out to find the best and worst states for retirees, ranked by the factors that were adjudged most important to people aged 65 and over. Here's what that group said was most important to them:
- Local weather
- Cost of living
- Low crime rate
- Quality of health care
- Tax burden
- Senior well-being
"There are many factors retirees should consider before deciding where to put down their roots," said Bankrate.com research and statistics analyst Chris Kahn. "Warm weather may be an initial draw, but all the sunny days in the world won't make you happy if you're constantly stretching your budget or don't have access to quality health care."
Click ahead to see the 10 best and 10 worst states for retirement, starting with the best.