Just retired to AZ, couldn't be happier!
Nobody lives just in a state. You live in a community within a state.In
New York, for example, you can find a very nice, pre-war three-bedroom house in
Jamestown, south of Buffalo, for $130,000. The same house would cost five or six
times more in the New York City suburbs. Also, small town crime rates are
also often much lower. In Glens Falls, New York (Jimmer Freddette's
hometown), resident brag about how low their crime rate is. The only valid
statewide data is sales tax and income tax. Everything else, from the cost of
haircuts to auto insurance, is local.
Let's see should I retire to Utah with beautiful mountains, temples, light
traffic and friendly people or CA with traffic, too many people and a liberal
government. I picked the first hands down.
Utah is one of the States that tax Social Security, Idaho does not.