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How's Your State Rank for Retirement?

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 02:05 AM PDT

Here's an interesting report which ranks the top states for retirement based on the following criteria:

  • Financial: The financial health of pre-retirees as a group, and the fiscal health of their states of residence, are directly linked to their ability to enjoy a fulfilling retirement. Financial factors rank high across all surveys of pre-retiree preparedness.
  • Healthcare: Access to, and cost of, healthcare are key determinants of retirement satisfaction. Along with financial factors, healthcare comprises a top concern.
  • Housing: Affordable housing, both while active, during retirement, and, if needed, for nursing care, is of vital importance and can be a major expense.
  • Community Quality of Life: Social factors, including weather, are key determinants of retiree happiness and satisfaction.
  • Employment and Education: The 20 years before retirement can generate the highest rate of savings if fully employed. Employment may offer benefits beyond income, such as 401Ks, pensions, health insurance, and health savings accounts.
  • Wellness: Personal habits and tendencies impact health during the last years of employment and into retirement. Poor habits are associated with premature death, poor quality of life, and increased healthcare costs, in addition to strains on stateprovided resources.

The states are then divided into quintiles rated "A" through "F" with "A" being best.

Here's how all the states I've ever lived in rate:

  • Iowa - B
  • Missouri - B
  • Tennessee - B
  • Colorado - C
  • Indiana - C
  • Illinois - C
  • Michigan - C
  • Ohio - C
  • Pennsylvania - C
  • Oklahoma - D

The states that rated "A" are:

  • Virginia
  • South Dakota
  • Minnesota
  • Wyoming
  • Wisconsin

The states that rated "F" are:

  • Arkansas
  • California
  • New Mexico
  • New Jersey
  • New York

Some thoughts:

  • I think it depends where you live in each state. Believe me, the small town I lived in in Iowa is not even close to a "B".
  • Of my states, I would rate Missouri lower and Colorado and Michigan higher.
  • Of the A-rated states, Virginia is the only one I'd like to live in. LOVE that state -- so beautiful.
  • Having "New" in your name must be a killer. :)
  • Personally, I'm in love with Colorado and plan on living here the rest of my life.

How about you? How did your state rank?



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