The best and worst states for retirement in 2013


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  • Daniel Leifker San Francisco, CA
    Nov. 7, 2013 7:36 a.m.

    These lists are useful, but only to a point. Some of these states are huge, and different parts have massively different advantages and disadvantages. There is a huge difference between Chicago and northwestern Illinois, between Las Vegas and Elko, and between Oakland and Monterey.

    I think any retiree could find a pleasant place to live in any state. And some of the places recommended on this list might be easy on my wallet, my health, and my safety, but I would curl up and die from boredom in just a few months.

    I think the snowbirds have hit on the best solution. Summers up north, winters in the south.

  • carlyt ny, NY
    Nov. 6, 2013 8:01 a.m.

    The site Retirement And Good Living has a list of the top 10 retirement locations in the US and also the top 10 overseas. It also has a great blog of posts by guests. Many of the posts are from people who retired overseas.

  • morpunkt Glendora, CA
    Nov. 6, 2013 7:15 a.m.

    Idaho has become the Mecca of retirement for the pensioned California firemen and police. There pensions are almost 100% of what their salaries were. That's why we are broke, here in California. Even our tax money gets spent in Idaho, via pensions.