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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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10 Worst States for Retirement

Each state has its benefits and drawbacks when it comes to retirement, but generally speaking, the states below are often considered less than ideal for one's "golden years" (and yet each one has some desirable towns).

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Alaska may have eight national parks and a favorable tax climate, but the cost of living is high. An apartment in Anchorage is 40% more expensive than any where else in the United States. A new home is 62% more expensive. The property and violent crime rates are high.

The cost of living in Arkansas is low. If you want to get into the great outdoors, you'll have ample opportunity. The state, however, has few health resources. Crime rates can be disturbing. Little Rock is one of the most dangerous cities in America.

California is a big state with lots of coastline. The cost of living is also big. Home values are high. Income taxes are the highest in the nation. The state sales tax? A whopping 7.5%.

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Okay, the weather is gorgeous, but Hawaii's cost of living can get ugly. If you want to rent a two-bedroom apartment near Honolulu, consider paying $2,296 per month. In Honolulu, the average two-bedroom is $2,654.

Louisiana may have a low cost of living, good gumbo, and great jazz, but it has a high crime rate. When it comes to murder, cities in Louisiana top most lists. The state can also be slammed by dangerous storms which threaten lives and cause property damage

Thanks to places like Harvard, MIT, and Boston University, residents of Massachusetts are surrounded by fantastic health care and a rich cultural life. But it all comes at great cost. Median home prices can be twice the national average. Your monthly energy bill? An average of $300!

Missouri does have a low cost of living and a favorable - though confusing - tax environment. Crime and weather, however, may make the state treacherous. Its big cities have high crime and murder rates. Damaging tornadoes and thunderstorms are not unknown.

Nebraska can be affordable. However, its current tax environment is unfriendly. Property taxes are some of the highest in the nation. Some Social Security benefits are exempt, but most other retirement income is taxed. This includes public and private pensions, as well as retirement plan withdrawals.

If money is no object, you might consider New York. Like California, it's an expensive place to live. Taxes are high. Rents are high. Health care costs are even higher.

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Yes, Utah has some stunning national parks, but it's one of the few states to tax Social Security benefits. If you're looking for cohorts your age, you won't find them here. The median age is just under 30 years old.

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